Test Preparation and Study Skills

Course Placement

ACCUPLACER (Math and Reading/Writing Course Placement)
ACCUPLACER is a placement test that tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Henry Ford College uses ACCUPLACER to assess your math and reading/writing ability. Based on your placement test results, you will be placed in a course that is most appropriate for your current skill level.

The test questions are built based on your response to questions you have already answered. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty based on answers you provided already. It is very important that you allow enough time for the test because based on your results, the system will determine which courses you can take. The test is not timed, so focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills. You will begin with an elementary algebra test, if you do very well on this part, you will advance to the college-level math test. Based on this test results. You will be placed somewhere between Math 110 and Math 180. If you don’t do well on the elementary algebra test, you will be redirected to the arithmetic test. Based on the results of this test, you will be placed somewhere between Math 074 and Math 115.


1. Arithmetic which includes operations with whole numbers and fractions, operations with decimals and percentages, and applications and problem solving.
2. Elementary Algebra which includes operations with integers and rational numbers, operations with algebraic expressions, and solution of equations, inequalities, word problems.
3. College Level Math which includes algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other algebra topics, functions and trigonometry.

The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format. There’s no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills. Click here to get more details and to see a break-down of topics that might show on the placement test.

ELI/ELL/ESL Placement Test Information
The CaMLA English Placement Test is a computerized 60 minute timed test. You must take this test if you have graduated from middle school in a non-English speaking country.

There are 80 questions divided into 4 parts:
1. Listening comprehension
2. Grammatical knowledge
3. Vocabulary range
4. Reading comprehension

Listening comprehension is the first part. You will only hear each question ONCE and you can NOT go back and listen again.


  • You may take the CaMLA EPT a second time after 24 hours. The higher of your two scores will be used to place you in a class.
  • If you wish to take the test for the third and final time, you must wait for three (3) months before doing so.
  • If you are currently enrolled in the ELI or in an ESL course, you may not test again until two (2) weeks before final exams. The placement test cannot be used to substitute for course performance.
  • Test results expire after one calendar year. If you have not been enrolled as a student for one academic year or longer, regardless of how many times you have already taken the placement test, you must re-test and then enroll in the level indicated.


For one-on-one assistance, select one of the following:

*Students who want to prepare for the Course Placement are encouraged to use the practice tests and other materials available through the MeL (Michigan eLibrary), specifically the LearningExpress Library. This site has free downloadable ebooks, tutorials, and practice tests. (Registration is required for access.)

  • Click here to download and view sample practice questions for Next-Gen ACCUPLACER.
  • Free Accuplacer study app: Click here to go to the official ACCUPLACER page where you can download a free study app that has hundreds of questions to help you become familiar with the contents of the test. (NOTE: Account creation and log-in required.)
  • Khanacademy.org is a very good online resource with thousands of videos covering almost any topic.
  • For individual assistance on topics related to Course Placement (Reading, Writing, and Math), students are invited to see a tutor.

Nursing Admissions Test

Students who want to enter HFC's Nursing Program must take the online HESI Nursing Admission Test (NAT). To register, students must log into WebAdvisor and search the course catalog for "NAT 100." Testing is done at the HFC School of Nursing's computer lab and is proctored by Lab facilitators. The HFC School of Nursing is located at:

3601 Schaefer Road
Building B
Dearborn, MI 48126

For further information, call 313-845-6305.

The Learning Lab has a number of resources available for students to prepare for the Nursing Admissions Test, which is the HESI - Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review.

For one-on-one assistance in our Learning Lab, select one of the following:

Tutoring in English and Math are available in the Learning Lab (check the Learning Lab for scheduled times: Tutor Schedules). These tutors can help direct you to handouts and resources in specific areas you need help. If you have already taken the exam and need assistance prior to retaking, please bring your remediation results from the previous test (see handout at bottom of page for instructions on how to obtain your test results). This allows the tutors to focus on areas that need attention.

External Links

GPA Calculators (A tool to help HFC students understand their current GPA and how it can be improved)

Assignment Planner (A tool to help HFC students avoid procrastination through planning, and combat late/incomplete/missing assignments and poor preparation)

Videos and Other Free Materials

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

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