Accuplacer to be Updated January 2019

December 06, 2018

As of January 28, 2019, the current Accuplacer – Accuplacer Classic – will no longer be available and will be replaced with the new Accuplacer Next-Generation test.

Accuplacer has been used by higher education institutions for over 30 years to help determine students’ readiness for college-level courses. In recent years, there has been a significant change in the way that colleges assess and place students into their coursework. Accuplacer Next-Generation tests have been designed to address those changes.

Although the Next-Generation test will still place students into English, reading and math, students are highly encouraged to meet with an Academic Coach prior to taking the Next-Generation Math test. A student’s declared major will now determine which math test to take.

The 3 Next-Generation math tests are now:

  • Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions

The English (Sentence Skills) portion of the Accuplacer will no longer be used for English and reading placement. Students will now be placed using the Accuplacer Next-Generation Reading assessment or the Accuplacer WritePlacer writing assessment. The WritePlacer will ask students to construct an essay in response to a provided prompt. Student responses are instantly and reliably scored online by the Intelligent Essay Assessor, a platform that uses artificial intelligence to score writing samples and open-ended responses.

Because CNM is evaluating the WritePlacer for long-term use, high schools and charter schools using CNM’s Accuplacer are asked to only use the Reading portion of the Accuplacer when assessing students for placement into reading or English classes.

Questions? Contact Clyde Ortiz at