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Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Preparation

Get tips and strategies to prepare for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test. The test is required of all UB students registering for Practicum in Writing (WRIT 200) or Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300). You are allowed to take the test only once, and this free workshop will help you prepare.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 12:30-2 p.m.
RSVP using UB's Web Calendar, or by clicking the links above. Please note that these are preparation workshops. For information about the actual placement tests, please visit

 Lower-Division Placement Test Preparation

If you're required to take MATH 111, MATH 115, or WRIT 101, you may need to take an Accuplacer placement test prior to enrolling to ensure you are placed in courses that allow you to succeed. (See your adviser to determine whether a placement test will be required.) Refreshing your skills prior to taking an Accuplacer test can save you both time and money. These steps can help you prepare:

Elementary Algebra Placement Test

    1. Visit ACCUPLACER to familiarize yourself with the structure of the Elementary Algebra test. 
    2. Take practice tests and review sample questions.
    3. Review basic algebraic concepts. 
    4. Take the Algebra diagnostic exam
    5. Get more practice on the concepts you missed (questions marked with a red "x") using the CUNY Compass Math Review site 

WritePlacer and Reading Comprehension Placement Tests

    1. Visit ACCUPLACER to familiarize yourself with the structure of the WritePlacer and Reading Comprehension tests.
    2. Take practice tests and review sample questions.

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