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Placement Exam Preparation

Wallace Community College seeks to encourage and to assist students in making appropriate preparations for taking college placement exams for the purpose of academic placement. Our hope is that all students are placed appropriately in the courses that will do the most to insure their academic success. Preparing well for placement exams can enhance a student’s performance and thus proper academic placement. Higher academic placement can reduce the overall course load for students in their selected program, minimizing time and saving money.  

ACCUPLACER Study Guides and Resources

Math Resources

Mathematics Placement Exam Preparation

The Mathematics Department and Transitional Studies Division realize that many students struggle with mastering mathematics content. Our hope is to assist students in the preparation for taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. In order to assist in this objective the Mathematics Department and Transitional Studies Division has designed two preparation pathways.

Basic Preparation Pathway
This pathway includes practice exams which focus on mathematical skills in the following area:
  1. Algebra knowledge and skills - Answer Sheet with Videos
The practice test is accompanied by answer documents and links to videos showing all problems worked out for test.

Detailed Preparation Pathway
Wallace Community College provides a link to EdReady for students to use in preparation for taking the ACCUPLACER placement test for mathematics.  This link will allow students to register for and use a MOOC (Open Course) free of charge to address mathematical topics encountered when taking the ACCUPLACER placement test.  Using this service will require a general registration procedure. To register use the "GET STARTED" button.  Please write down and keep your login information because Wallace Community College faculty and staff do not have the ability to help with forgotten login information.

Once registered, each student must first choose a goal for using EdReady.  Students should choose the goal labeled as, "Prepare for Common Placement Exams."  Once there, select the "ACCUPLACER Prep - Complete Test" option.

Next, take the Initial Assessment. The results of this assessment will be used to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual placement test. Students should use the available learning modules in order to improve their scores on the ACCUPLACER placement test. The learning modules contain a number of valuable resources such as quizzes, video instruction, and short assignments to help students strengthen their mathematics skills.