Accuplacer CPT Test

OVERVIEW: The Accuplacer CPT Test is a “Computerized Placement Test” designed to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English grammar and sentence structure, and reading comprehension.
You cannot “pass” or “fail” the CPT, but it is important to do your best so that you and DXATC will have an accurate measure of your academic skills. We HIGHLY encourage you to prepare by reviewing sample questions and brushing up on your skills before the test. Being unprepared may needlessly increase educational costs and time need to complete your coursework. Preparation is always smart!
If you find that you do not place where you would like to on the CPT, Dixie Applied Technology College has options—refresher classes, tutoring, and open labs are here to assist you in becoming fully prepared to succeed in your desired course of study. Your success is our common aim.

The Accuplacer CPT is an “adaptive” test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices. For more info on how the test works, go here

SECTIONS: The Accuplacer CPT has three sections:

1. MATH: Basic math, ratios, percentages, equations, word problems
2. READING: Paragraph structure, critical thinking, comprehension, meaning
3. SENTENCE: Parts of speech, grammar, spelling, sentence structure

TIME: The CPT test is untimed, but you should allow about 2 hours to complete the three sections. You can retest once every two weeks. You may choose to retest on only one section, if desired.

COST: $15 for all three sections. $10 for single sections (retake only).

Download Entry Level Criteria here

TEST PREPARATION: You are HIGHLY encouraged to prepare for the test. While you cannot fail the CPT Test, it will determine whether you will be admitted to the coursework you desire. For an accurate indicator of your skill level, take some time to brush up. See the PREPARATION RESOURCES that follow.

TO TAKE THE TEST: *** means “signature required”

1. Complete the College Application Form & pay the $40 Application fee.
2. Meet with an Academic Advisor to determine the assessment you will need.
3. With the help of the Academic Advisor, fill out the Assessment Center Form that
shows you the steps to follow. ***Get sign-off signatures.
4. Schedule an Accuplacer CPT appointment at Student Services. ***Get
sign-off signatures.
5. Pay the CPT fees to the cashier. ***Get sign-off signatures.
6. Tests are given on Thursdays at 3 PM at the DXATC “Office Management”
Computer Lab, Building 3C.
7. Please bring Assessment Center Form with sign-offs to the Assessment Center in
the Office Management Building on the day of the test.

Please come on time! You must bring photo ID to take the test. No exceptions.


REFRESHER: Refresher classes are offered through DXATC CATAPULT Training. There is no cutoff for enrollment in CATAPULT. So those who fall below the DXATC Program enrollment scores will be considered. However, prospective students may be referred to local literacy programs if they fail to meet minimum literacy requirements.
REVIEW: Take some time on your own to review the concepts that gave you trouble (see “Preparation Resources” that follow.) Then retest.
RETEST: You can retake the Accuplacer CPT test every 2 weeks.

For any other questions, please contact:

DeeDee Fleming
Academic Advisor
435-674-8413 or

Debi Barmonde

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