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CPT Frequently Asked Questions

What is the placement test?

The Computerized Placement Test (CPT) is used to determine your readiness for college level courses. 

Is the CPT free?

The first attempt for any exam is free. Second and third attempts require a CPT Retest fee which is payable on our website.

How many tests are there?

UCO administers four tests:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra

*Note- All students taking the "math" test are required to take Arithmetic followed by Elementary Algebra. We do not administer the tests separately.

What do I need to score on the tests?

To be placed into college level courses, you need the following scores.

  • English: 77 or higher
  • Reading: 75 or higher
  • Arithmetic: 90 or higher for Math for General Education
  • Elementary Algebra:  65 or higher for Math for General Education OR 92 or higher for College Algebra.

What do I do if I didn't get the score that I wanted? 

You have two options:

  • Retake the exam after waiting one week and paying the CPT retest fee. You must call us to schedule an appointment.
  • Take the developmental course(s) you are placed into.

What type of study materials do you have to help me improve my score?

Testing Services recommends that any student wishing to take the CPT exam a second or third time use the Accuplacer study application. It is completely free. A link to the study app is located under the 'CPT Study Guides' tab. 

Can I take the test as often as I want?

No. You can only take the College Placement Test three times.  

I don't live near campus. Is there any way to take the test somewhere else?

UCO participates in the College Board's Remote Proctoring Network. This is a nationwide network of campuses with testing centers qualified to administer this exam. If you are interested in taking a CPT somewhere other than the UCO campus and you live over 60 miles away, you must contact us to make arrangements by sending us an email with your first name, last name, UCO Student ID number, and a request for remote proctoring. You will need to locate a local community college or university that would be willing to proctor the exam. The exam cannot be proctored by a high school. Please note that you will be required to pay any fees charged at the requested institution.

What should I know before taking the English test?

  • Sentence structure
  • Past, present, and future tenses
  • Sentence rephrasing
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Restructuring sentences using commas and semicolons 
  • Misplaced phrases and clauses
  • Mixed grammar

What should I know before taking the Reading test?

  • Sentence expansion
  • Implied meaning of passages
  • Understanding main points of passages
  • Compare and contrast
  • Vocabulary
  • Point of view

What should I know before taking the Math test?

  • Substitution
  • Order of operations
  • Quadratic equations (FOIL)
  • Changing mixed numbers to improper fractions
  • Word problems
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions by the least common denominator
  • Inequalities
  • Understanding geometric formulas
  • Absolute value equations