Accuplacer English Placement

Preparing for Accuplacer 

New students whose native language is English must take the Accuplacer English Placement Assessment unless they meet one of the exemptions. (see exemptions below)  The assessment includes a reading section and an essay-writing section.

Your scores on each section are used to determine your placement into English courses and your eligibility to take other courses at OCC.  Many courses have prerequisites that require a placement into ENG 1510 (Composition I).  Placing into the right course can save you time and money.  

Complete a Mandatory Accuplacer Practice Test 

Complete a practice test at home or come to a campus Library or Academic Support Center for additional assistance. 


  1. For help with login and accessing the practice test, click here.
  2. Complete the Accuplacer Practice Test
  3. Print your results and bring them to the Testing Center with a valid picture ID
  4. Check the Placement Test Schedule for hours and information

Scheduling Placement Test Appointment

Click on the Placement Test Schedule box for more information. Contact your home campus Academic Support Center (ASC) or Testing Center to schedule an appointment. Allow 90 minutes to complete both tests.

Accuplacer App

The ACCUPLACER Web App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize you with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test. This app. is not designed to serve as a substitute for an actual ACCUPLACER test, nor does it guarantee that you will receive a specific score on an actual ACCUPLACER test.


You will be asked to write an essay to show how effectively you can develop and express your ideas in writing. 

Write Placer Samples & Writing Tips   


Students may be exempt from taking Accuplacer if they meet one of the following conditions.

  • You have SAT scores of 480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 25 or higher on the writing and language test
  • You have documentation of an Advanced Placement English score of 3 or higher
  • Documentation of a CLEP score in Composition that is the equivalent of ENG 1510
  • You have scored 38 or higher on the combined English and Reading sub-test of the ACT with a minimum of 18 on each section. 
  • You have a transcript showing achievement of a grade of "C" or higher in an equivalent college-level composition course
  • You have evidence of an English COMPASS score (combined Writing Skills and Reading) that is less than two years old. (2 year expiration date.)
  • You have been admitted to OCC as a college guest student with a College Guest Application (Note: guest applications must be renewed each semester of enrollment; also note high school guests are not exempt.)
  • You have earned an associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university that includes an ENG 1510 equivalent.