College Placement Test Practice and Information

What is the College Placement Test?

The College Placement Test is an entrance examination that is a required part of the admissions process for many community colleges and technical institutes in the United States.

The placement test is also known as the CPT test or CPT exam. The testing administration process may vary state-by-state, and in certain states, the exam is also referred to as the Accuplacer.

The test for college placement has four main parts: English, arithmetic, algebra, and advanced math.

Many students do not need to take the advanced math section, which is also called callege-level math.

You will need to inquire at your college to see if you are required to take the advanced math part of the test.

The CPT is not to be confused with the PERT Test or with the Texas Success Initiative, which is also known as the TSI exam.

If you would like information on the PERT or TSI, please visit our the following pages:

PERT Test Page

Texas Success Initiative TSI Page

Which part of the College Placement Test do I need to take?

You should inquire at the testing and placement office of your community college for further information.

How is the College Placement Test scored?

The CPT test is used for placement purposes, so there are no pass or fail scores for the exam.

However, if you get a low score on the test, you may have to take extra classes before or during your freshman year.

Taking extra classes is best avoided because it may delay your graduation date, not to mention the obvious financial burden of the extra fees.

So, to do your best on the exam, you need to know that the CPT test is a computer-adaptive placement test.

"Computer-adaptive" means that ther test is taken over the tnternet and the questions on each part of the test become more challenging as the exam progresses.

You should therefore be really careful at the start of the test.

If you answer too many questions incorrectly at the beginning, the computer will automatically begin to deliver easier questions that are worth fewer points, giving you a lower score.

You may need to take only one part of the placement test, such as sentence skills or reading.

If you are taking only one part of the test, the individual section will also be computer-adaptive, so take care when you select your answers.

Your score will usually display on the computer monitor after you click on the submit button.

CPT Preparation and Review

Practice College Placement Test in English

The English part of the examination is designed to assess your knowledge and comprehension of written English.

You will need to be able to read a text in English and understand and identify both its main and specific points.

You will also need to know the basics of English grammar and sentence construction skills.

Sentence skills are assessed on three distinct parts of the English test: sentence correction, sentence completion, and sentence relationships.

Reading skills are evaluated on the reading comprehension part of the exam.

For further information on each part of the CPT English placement test, as well as free practice exercises, please visit our English section above.

College Placement Test Practice - Math Tests

The first math part of the examination covers arithmetic, basic algebra, and intermediate algebra.

The second part of the math exam is the advanced math part, which is also called the college math test or the college-level math test.

The advanced math part of the placement test consists of advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

There will also be certain pre-calculus concepts on the college-level math test, such as imaginary numbers.

Our math practice section offers free exercises, with illustrated solutions, for all of the math problems you will see on the test.

Our Practice Tests and Study Guide

Our online practice college placement tests are in the same format as the actual CPT Exam.

Our practice tests explain each answer and provide you with feedback after each question.

The feedback feature helps you acquire the necessary exam techniques and strategies for complete preparation for the College Placement Exam.

In addition, have a look at our college placement download for math if you would like extra math practice before testing.

Get all three of our practice college placement tests together with the CPT math download and receive the CPT Study Guide for no extra cost.