College Placement Assessment (Accuplacer)

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Additional information and online study sites may be found at the bottom of this page.

What is the Accuplacer? 

The Accuplacer is a Computerized Placement Tool designed to provide placement and advising information for students entering college. San Juan College uses the Accuplacer to help students get into the classes where they are most likely to succeed. In other words, the Accuplacer determines the course placement where you will begin taking classes.  An advisor will go over your scores with you after you complete the assessment and help you create a degree plan and get ready to register for classes.

Remember: Your scores determine which classes you may take.

Students with disabilities should contact the Disability Services office at 505-566-3271 to determine eligibility for Accuplacer testing accommodations.

The Accuplacer takes approximately one and one-half hours to complete, however, the assessments are not timed and you may take as long as you need.

Who needs to take the Accuplacer assessment?

The Accuplacer is required for placement in all courses requiring reading, math, or English placement if placement is not met with previous coursework.  Please see the catalog for more information on using ACT scores for placement at San Juan College.

Where do I take the Accuplacer?

At the San Juan College Testing Center located in the Information Technology Center Room 7120D.

To schedule an exam appointment and complete the preregistration, go to the Testing Center webpage ( ). In the blue box, click on ACCUPLACER. Follow the step-by-step instructions. If you have any questions please contact the Testing Center at 505-566-3139.

What if I am a distance student?

Distance students are students who do not live in the geographical area of our San Juan County campuses.  If you are a distance student in need of the Accuplacer, please visit our online student advising page for additional information. Online classes fill up early, so it is best to begin preparing for fall classes before the end of spring. 

If you are faxing Accuplacer scores from another school, please ask your school to fax your scores to (505)566-4408.

What will I be assessed in?  The Accuplacer has three parts:

  • Reading Comprehension – multiple choice questions related to reading skills, such as identifying the main idea and making inferences.
  • Sentence Skills (English) – multiple choice questions related to sentence structure and grammar…how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete.
  • Mathematics (Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra) – multiple choice questions that measure your understanding of math. Questions that range from arithmetic to college-level mathematics are included. You will begin with the easiest section, and depending on your math skills you may advance to more challenging Algebra questions.

How can I best prepare for the Accuplacer?

Check out the online version of sample questions.  Explore the resources below to brush up on your skills.

Can I retake the Accuplacer if I don’t like the scores I received?

Yes you may. A review of the subject area is strongly encouraged before you retake the Accuplacer.  Students are allowed to challenge the Accuplacer one time only at no charge.  Plus, a minimum two week waiting period is required for the first challenge test to be free.  Students must pay a $15 fee to take additional challenge tests. 

Preparation Resources

Make an appointment for your Accuplacer Assessment
with the SJC Testing Center

            Your next steps:

            1. Go to to schedule your testing
            appointment and complete preregistration. In the
blue box click Accuplacer

            2. Go to to find sample questions

            3. Contact the SJC Testing Center with any questions at 505-566-3139

            4. Take the Accuplacer on your scheduled test day/time. The SJC Testing Center is located in the
                Information Technology Center 
(Coppertop Building) Room 7120D


San Juan College
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402
fax (505)566-3139