Our goal at Tunxis Community College is to ensure your academic success by providing a course of study designed to help you get started in your college career. We utilize the Accuplacer Placement Assessment to provide information about your skill levels in the English language and math. You and a professional staff or faculty advisor will then use the test results to make decisions about the kinds of courses that are most appropriate for you at this time.
The computerized test consists of a series of untimed, multiple-choice subtests in English, reading, and math. The testing system is easy to use; no computer experience is needed. Tests are untimed so you can give every question as much thought as you need. Most students complete the test in approximately 2 hours.
When you begin the test, you will be given an orientation to familiarize you with the few simple keyboard commands you will have to use. A test administrator will always be present should you have any questions.
No fee is charged for the placement test. Please bring a photo ID and your Tunxis student ID number. You will find this student ID number on your acceptance email from Admissions.
All test materials are provided. You will not be permitted to use calculators, books, or notes of any kind.
Personal calculators are not allowed, but an onscreen calculator (basic 4-function) is provided on some questions.
For English: Next Generation Reading
For English as a Second Language: ESL Reading, ESL Language Use, ESL Sentence Meaning
For Math: The first test you take is determined by your field of study or career goal. See details below.
- Non-STEM program students (Business, Education, Health Care, Humanities, Social Sciences) take Next Generation QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics).
- STEM program students (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) take Next Generation AAF (Advanced Algebra and Functions).
- Depending on your score on the first math test, you may branch into a second test, Next Generation Arithmetic.
The purpose of the placement test is to accurately assess your present skills in English and math. First, we recommend that you become familiar with the test format. Next, you may want to refresh some of your skills. Start here with The College Board’s Accuplacer Study Resources.
You neither pass nor fail this test. Results are used only to place you in courses according to your current level of skills.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the placement test is scheduled to begin.
Accuplacer test results are immediately available at the end of your test. Placement test results are kept on file in the Academic Success Center, and you may request a copy in person with a photo ID. Test results are not given over the phone.
Do you speak, read, and write another language most of the time? Have you been in the United States five years or less? If you answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions, you should take the ESL placement test.
Is English your first choice for speaking, reading, and writing? Did you attend school in the United States from middle school on? If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you should take the regular English placement test.