All new matriculated students will take the Reading Comprehension exam and will compose an essay during new student orientation; some students, mainly transfers, may need to take the Sentence Skills exam if they have never completed and successfully transferred a composition course. You will be informed which exams and assessments you need prior to registration. The Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills exams are 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, and then pick from the remaining choices. Because the exams work this way, you must answer every question when it is first given.
This 20-question test assesses students' ability to read and respond critically to sentences and passages; its questions are divided into two types:
This 20-question test examines students' knowledge of sentence logic and structure; its questions are divided into two types:
During new student orientation, all students will be asked to write an essay, which will inform English composition course placement. This essay measures students' ability to write effectively--a critical component of academic success. Essays will be read by a panel of English faculty members at BSU. Essay topics remain secret and are disclosed to students only during new student orientation.
Students will have 45 minutes to complete the essay. A satisfactory essay should develop a central idea in response to the prompt delivered on orientation day. Ideas in the essay should be organized into logical paragraphs that include specific details and connect to the author's central idea.
In addition, faculty readers expect students to:
BSU offers official CollegeBoard sample questions for all ACCUPLACER exams. Students are also encouraged to visit the Writing Studio in the Academic Achievement Center for free tutoring in writing. Click on the links below to access a particular resource:
Last Modified: November 2, 2012