UDC-CC Testing

Placement Testing at UDC-CC is handled by ACCUPLACER.

What is Next- Generation ACCUPLACER?

The Next- Generation ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that provides accurate information about your skill levels in Reading, English and Mathematics. The University of the District of Columbia Community College uses your scores on this test to determine the appropriate courses for you.

Next- Generation ACCUPLACER is an adaptive untimed computer-based test, which means that the computer determines what questions are presented to students based on their responses to previous questions.

There is no fee for the Next- Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Test and your scores will not affect your admission status.

What are the Next- Generation ACCUPLACER Tests?

Who must take the Next- Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

  • All First Time in College Students (unless they can provide evidence that meets one of the following exemptions: new page will open to Exemption Criteria.


Exemption Criteria:

Reading and Writing

Students may meet the college readiness requirement in reading and writing by documenting any one of the following:

  • SAT I Verbal score of 480 or higher or SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or higher or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score of 480 or higher
  • ACT English score of 20 or higher
  • PARCC ELA: 4+


Students may meet the college readiness requirement in reading and writing by documenting any one of the following:

  • SAT: SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • SAT Math Section (exam date March 2016 and thereafter), score of 530 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • PARCC MATH: 4+

Previous Accuplacer Scores:

Students can request to use recently taken the Accuplacer assessment at a college or university within the last two years. The subtests used for course placement are Writeplacer, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Elementary Algebra, College Level Mathematics or Arithmetic. We must receive the scores directly from your school. Scores are subject to approval.

Transfer Students:

May be exempted after review of official transcripts demonstrating proof of completing college-level math or English composition courses with a grade of “C” or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. Exemptions are based on both a review of your college records and the specific degree program you are pursuing. Official transcript must be sent review.

  • All Transfer Students who have not completed a college-level English and Math with a grade of C or better
  • All International Students who have a score of 79 or better on the TOEFL exam (or the equivalent)


When can I take the Next- Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

Once you have been admitted, you will receive an email with information about scheduling your Next-Generation ACCUPLACER. If you have been admitted and not received this, please send an email karima.gahagan@udc.edu  with “Next-Generation ACCUPLACER” in the subject line. Include your name and Student ID number in the body of the email. We will respond with the testing invitation.  All placement test sessions for incoming UDC CC students are held on UDC CC main campus. Most test sessions are small group sessions, administered by the Placement Testing Office Staff.

What if I need Specials Testing Accommodations?

Students needing special accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center at 202.274.6152 or you can go to the Office of Counseling & Disability website for additional information.

Once you have received your approved accommodations, contact Testing Services at or email karima.gahagan@udc.edu  to make arrangements to take your Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.

How can I prepare for Next- Generation Accuplacer?

There are a variety of ways that you can prepare for Next- Generation Accuplacer. We suggest that you use some of the free or inexpensive resources to brush up for the test before you take it for the first time.

Next- Generation Accuplacer’s Sample Questions for Students (new page will open to Sample Questions for Students) is very helpful. There are a variety of sample questions for each of the areas (including College Level Math) as well as the correct answers.



Next- Generation Accuplacer practice website. Create new account by entering your email address and creating a password. This is a free service. Please e-mail us to let us know how you like it.

What to expect the day of the test?

  1. You should bring your confirmation letter so you have a record of exactly when/where you should report for testing. You will need your Student ID # which is printed on this form. Also, you must present at least one valid photo ID (i.e. current Driver’s License, HS/College/University ID, State or Federal ID Card, Passport or Naturalization Card/Certificate of Citizenship) on the day of the test. Students arriving without a valid photo ID will be denied admission to the testing lab.
  2. Please allow plenty of time for traveling, parking, and locating the test site. You should arrive to the test site at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your test. The test will start on time. If you arrive late, you will not be able to take the test on your assigned test day, and you will need to schedule a new test date.

Testing Regulations

No books, dictionaries, or calculators are allowed when taking the test. However, you may get questions that allow you to use a simple-function drop-down calculator that will display on your screen.  The testing center will provide scrap paper and pencils.  ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED COMPLETELY OFF AND PUT AWAY.  Anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or uses their cell phone or the Internet to obtain answers, will not be permitted to continue the test. Test scores can be invalidated if there is any reason to question their validity.

I’ve tested. Now What?

Students will receive a printout of the test scores upon the completion of the test. The Test Administrator will explain the test scores to students. Test scores are valid for one academic year.