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Test Preparation Materials

A guide to the test preparation materials available in the OHS Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, and online.

What is the Accuplacer?

ACCUPLACER tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer ACCUPLACER tests as part of the enrollment process. These tests help identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. ACCUPLACER interactive online learning tools are available to help you sharpen your skills. The academic advisers and counselors at your college or technical school will use your ACCUPLACER test results along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests to help you take courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.


How Does the ACCUPLACER Work?

Thanks to ACCUPLACER’s online format, the test questions are based on your responses to each question you’ve already answered. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on your answers as you work through the test. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed, so you can move at a comfortable pace. It’s important to give yourself enough time to do your best and complete the test because your results are the key factor in determining the courses you can take. Your results will be available immediately after you take the test. It’s a good idea to ask your academic adviser about your college’s or school’s testing policies and procedures. That way, you’re prepared and can plan accordingly.

For more information about ACCUPLACER go to their homepage on the CollegeBoard site.


What is on the ACCUPLACER Test?

What are the parts of the ACCUPLACER Test?

  • Arithmetic
  • College-Level Math
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Skills
  • WritePlacer (Written Essay)
  • ESL - Language Use
  • ESL - Listening
  • ESL - Reading Skills
  • ESL - Sentence Meaning

How is the Test Structured? (1:32 video,  Minnesota State College Southeast)

Accuplacer Study Guides - Library Resources

All materials are located in various Frederick County Public High School (FCPS) libraries. Please ask OHS Library staff for help in having these books sent to the OHS Library. 

The list, below, is not an exhaustive list. To find other test preparation materials at FCPS Libraries, a good strategy is to search for the name of the test you are interested in along with a term like "study guides" or "examinations" in the FCPS District Catalog. For example, a keyword search for "Accuplacer" will find many useful materials.

Additional Accuplacer titles from Frederick County Public Libraries:  to check out books from any Frederick County Public Library (FCPL) branch, please use your FCPL Student Success Card (or just use 119829 along with your eight-digit student ID number as the username and “student” as the password). Please see OHS Library staff if you needed assistance with using this "card". 

Online Test Prep (password protected) - Library Resources

Prepare for standardized tests with eBooks, online courses, and full-length practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, ASVAB, GED, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more in Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. Research undergraduate and graduate programs, find tuition assistance, and explore and prepare for careers whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. A variety of interactive methods prompt personalized career recommendations and insight on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for jobs and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

For at-home use, please use required password for Peterson's Prep on the OHS Database Descriptions & Passwords page (you must be signed into your FCPS Google account to access). NOTE: after the initial log in to the database, users will be required to create a private username & password so the software can track progress and provide customized responses for individual strengths and weaknesses for test prep and save other documents.

 

HelpNow is a Frederick County Public Library resource designed for K-12 students and beyond. Live tutoring is available in English and Spanish from 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. to provide homework help for core subjects, including mathematics, science, and English language arts. Practice long division, improve reading comprehension, and learn other key skills.  Practice for standardized tests.  Students may submit papers to HelpNow’s Writing Lab for expert assistance and feedback, or collaborate with peers in virtual study spaces. 

To access this subscription, click on the MyAccount drop down menu on the right-hand side, and then Log-in/create an account. Be sure to use a personal email in the event you need to reset your password. Then, in the left-hand column "Expert Help" click on "Skill Surfer" then "College Entrance Test Prep." Now you are ready to practice for standardized tests.