Reading Comprehension in ACCUPLACER

3 Myths about ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension

The ACCUPLACER test refers to a group of tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics that is administered by College Board for placing students in appropriate courses in college. Although, there is no concept of pass/fail in this exam, the test takers must prepare themselves for obtaining good scores. The scores of this test are analyzed by the admission authorities for helping candidates find suitable college-level courses that correspond with their skills and abilities.

Reading Comprehension is one of the ten sections of this test. In this section, the students are required to answer 20 questions in multiple-choice format. The basic objective of this section is to assess the skills and abilities of the test takers in evaluating the meaning of the passage after reading it, understand the crux of the passage or draw their conclusion from the same. Additionally, the test takers must be able to differentiate between the direct and subordinate statements in the passage.

What are the 3 myths that the students have about this section of the test? Let us find out in the following points:

  • The test is difficult. This is not true as there is a specific pattern followed for conducting this test in which the difficulty of the questions are based on the competence shown by the students while answering the questions. In fact, the students are allowed to take as much time and thought that is required for answering a question. Thus, the number of errors determine the level of difficulty of the questions.

  • It is a time bound exam. The test takers do not have to follow the restrictions of time for this section or any other in this exam with the exception of WritePlacer or the essay writing section.

  • There is a passing score for this section, which is untrue because passing scores are not declared for any of the sections of ACCUPLACER exam. However, the students must try to achieve good scores in order to choose college-level courses in this field.