START Study Guides

To improve your chances of doing well on the START placement test, go to the review sites below to look at English and math questions.

START Study Guides

At Allan Hancock College, we use the College Board Accuplacer test for placement into English and math. The acronym 'START' is really the Accuplacer test!

Free Official Mobile and Web-based Study App:

Free Sample Questions

Note: The WritePlacer writing sample is not part of the placement testing sequence at AHC.

Math review
The world of Math online

Khan Academy 
Provides 100 self-paced math exercises.

Retest Policy

All students may retake the START placement test once under the following conditions:

  1. At least two weeks have passed since the first test
    (to allow for extra study and preparation),  AND
  2. The original test scores are within 5 points of reaching the next placement level of math, English, and/or ESL .

If students do not meet the conditions, a matriculation appeal may be filed in the counseling office.

Testing Recency

Accuplacer test scores for English, reading, and ESL placements do not expire, and students are not required to reassess. For math placement, a student's Accuplacer test scores are valid for a period of three years. If a student does not enroll in a credit math course within three years from their initial assessment, the student is referred to reassess for math placement. The only exception to this recency requirement is students who earned a grade of "C-" or better in high school geometry may use their high school transcript for prerequisite clearance of geometry with no time limit.


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Preparing for
the start test

Video Thumbnail for START testing
This five minute video creatively illustrates how to best prepare for and get the most out of your START testing experience.

Start Test quick start guideDownload the Start quick study guide PDF


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