Reading Study Guidance

​​​​​The Reading test consists of 20 questions related to humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The test presents reading passages in narrative, expository, or argumentative forms, and you must identify what is requested, using the following skills: close reading and inference, theme identification, main ideas and support details differentiation, summary concepts, idea relationships, rhetorical devices, synthesis, and vocabulary​.​

  1. ACCUPLACER​® “Inside the Test" explains the components of the test. Skip down to the description for Reading.
  2. Visit ​​accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org to access the ACCUPLACER app. When finished with the practice test, you receive a summary of the results and recommended areas to study. You can revisit questions and concepts measured in the app and use the Reading Resources below to study independently or with an Academic Achievement Center Instructor.​
  3. Another resource is a link to the “Next-Generationi Reading Sample Questions ," which you can download, print, and use to study. Complete the practice test and review your answers. Take the guide and your answers to the Academic Achievement Center to review with an instructor.
  4. The Union Test Prep site also has Reading resources and a learn-as-you-go practice test that can be used in the same fashion. Click to the Next Generation Reading.​
  5. Finally, the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) has resources to help you improve your reading skills. Check with the AAC on your campus.

Reading Study Resources

Reading Reviews and Courses

Main Ideas and Supporting Details

Inferences

Sentence Relationships

Author's Purpose and Rhetorical Strategies

When Ready, Take the Test!

Relax! ACCUPLACER​ Next Gen is a well-designed test to help you assess your readiness for college. The following tips will help you do your best.

  1. Get a good night's rest the night before the test. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink some water that morning to nourish your body and mind.
  2. Arrive a couple of minutes early so you can gather your thoughts and locate the Testing Center.
  3. Ask questions if you don't understand the process of ​ACCUPLACER Next Gen.
  4. During the test, read the questions carefully.
  5. Work to answer all the questions.

For more information about the Reading exam, visit your Testing Center or Academic Achievement Center​.