CPT - College Placement Test
Florida College Entry-Level Placement Test Program
- About Computerized Placement Tests
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Skills
- Elementary Algebra
- Retest Policy
- Placement Scores
- CPT Schedule
- CPT Study Guide (PDF file 54K)
The State of Florida requires a placement exam from ACT, SAT-I, or CPT for all students who intend to earn a degree. Test scores must be on file before you register for classes. Test scores used for initial enrollment cannot be more than two years old. Test scores will not be required for non-degree seeking, transient, and transfer students who have completed appropriate English and math courses.
The Computerized Placement Test (CPT) is given in the Testing Center (Bldg. A) throughout the semester. As the name suggests, the student reads the instructions and questions on a computer monitor and selects answers using the computer mouse. If the student answers correctly, the computer selects a question from a large data bank which builds on the skill of the previous correct answer. If the student answers incorrectly, it selects a question of equal or lesser difficulty. CPTs provide information about reading comprehension, English, and algebra skill accomplishments. These tests help to determine the most appropriate courses for each student. The CPT is not timed. Examinees should expect to spend approximately 45 minutes on each subtest.
CPT Practice Tests
In addition the link to the CPT study guide which is provided on this page, there are many free CPT practice tests available online. Feel free to explore as many of them as you like. Go to www.google.com and type in Accuplacer Practice. A free website for additional Accuplacer sample items is www.studyguidezone.com.
Reading Comprehension Test
(20 questions) This test measures your ability
to understand what you read. Some questions will ask you
to read the statement or passage and then choose the best
answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis
of what is stated or implied in the passage.
Sentence Skills Test (20 questions) This test measures your understanding of sentence structure - how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions will ask you to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice will be the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.
Elementary Algebra Test (12 questions) This test is divided into three types of questions. The first type measures your ability to understand operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering. The second type, which involves operations with algebraic expressions, tests minimal skill levels using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems.
The fee for the CPT is $5.00 per subtest, or $15.00 for the entire battery, payable to Chipola College at the time of testing. Fees are non-refundable.
A student must wait for at least 90 days before retaking the CPT or any individual subtest. After a student takes the CPT the second time, he or she must wait two years before testing a third time.
|Reading:||20-82||REA 0004 College Prep Reading|
|83-95||REA 1205 Required|
|96-120||REA 1205 NOT Required|
|83-120||Eligible for ENC 1101 (if English/Writing requirement met)|
|English:||20-82||ENC 0004 College Prep Writing|
|83-120||Eligible for ENC 1101 (if Reading requirement met)|
|Math:||20-71||MAT 0024 College Prep Algebra|
|72-120**||MAC 1105, MAC 1140, MGF 1106|
* Plus at least 1 year of high school algebra.
** Plus at least 2 years of high school algebra.
The CPT is offered Monday and Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday between 8:00 and 5:00 p.m. during Fall and Spring. (The Testing Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during Summer I & II ) No pre-registration is required and you will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. You must show a photo ID and pay the fee at the Testing Center (Bldg. A) when you arrive to take the test.
Testing under "special conditions" will be handled individually through the Office of Student Disabilities and the Vice President of Student Affairs .
Last revision: June 16, 2011