What is the ASSET Test?
Why Should You Take The ASSET?
'What is ASSET?' this is the first question that comes to your mind when you decide on taking the ASSET test. The answer to this question is given in this article under various subheadings like question types, sections in the test, duration of the test, and importance of the test.
About the ASSET
The test is administered by the ATI to identify the skills and the level of knowledge of a student. The scores in this test help the educators in recognizing the appropriate courses for a student in the postsecondary level. The test is administered in paper and pencil format and the score reports are delivered immediately. It is used by almost 400 community and technical colleges across the United States. The test is taken up by students after they have gained admission in a school to decide on the courses they can opt for.
Sections in the Test
The ASSET is a battery of short placement tests. Here, three subject areas are tested in the basic skills test and these are: Writing Skills, Numerical Skills and Reading Skills. Further, Advanced Mathematical Skills are also tested. Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra and Geometry are the subareas tested under the Advanced Mathematical Skills area.
Subject Area 
What is Tested? 

Writing Skills 
Measures your knowledge in usage of grammar, writing strategy and style 
Numerical Skills 
Measures your skills and knowledge in basic math operations, 
Reading Skills 
Measures your skill level in identifying specific information in a passage and 
Elementary Algebra 
Firstyear high school algebra 
Intermediate Algebra 
Secondyear high school algebra 
College Algebra 
Firstyear college algebra 
Geometry 
Highschool geometry 
Question Types and Number of Questions
Another vital part of the answer to the question, 'What is ASSET?' is regarding the questions asked in the test. All the questions in this are multiplechoice questions. The number of questions in each of the subject areas of the test is different. The table below shows the number of questions for the different subject areas:
Skills Level 
Subject Area 
Number of Questions 

Basic  Writing Skills 
36 
Numerical Skills 
32  
Reading Skills 
24  
Advanced  Elementary Algebra 
25 
Intermediate Algebra 
25  
College Algebra 
25  
Geometry 
25 
Time Duration of the Test
25 minutes is allotted for each of the subareas and therefore, the basic skills test is 75 minutes long and the advanced skills test is 100 minutes long.
Test Registration
The cost of the test depends on the school where you will be taking up the test. Similarly, the registration process is also decided by the school administration and therefore, it is best that you contact the school administration directly for the details.
Importance of the Test
Another important part of the answer to the question is about the importance or the significance of the test.

Skills and Knowledge Identification The test is administered to know the knowledge and skills that you have gained in school years. This would help the educators or counselors to decide on the appropriate courses for you.
Strengthening The assessment of your skills and knowledge helps your school identify courses that will strengthen and build your skills in an area where you show promise.
PlanningAn Educational Planning Form is offered by the test program. This provides information about your educational needs and goals to your school. This is useful in assisting you in identifying the courses that would lead you to success in your career path.
A few More Points about the ASSET Test...
The following points will complete the answer to the question:
 There is no 'passing score' for this test
 Many books are available to help you prepare for the test
 There is no negative marking in this test and therefore, you must answer all the questions
 Calculators can be used for the test but there are certain restrictions on the type of calculator that you can use.
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