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NTU Campus Will Be Closed on August 21, 2017

Navajo Technical University will observe the 2017 Solar Eclipse and has authorize all NTU personnel eight (8) hours of administrative leave on Monday, August 21, 2017. In addition, NTU students/faculty will be granted leave and will be scheduled to make up their class instruction hours on the following Friday, September 1, 2017.

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Accuplacer Tips

Reading Comprehension:

  • Ask yourself: “What is the topic/general idea of the selection?”
  • Skimming (skim the passage for the general idea, stopping to read only the first sentence of each paragraph).
  • Look for key words in the passage. Are some in quotation marks? Can you find Numbers or Years?
  • Read the answer choices.
  • What is the main topic of each paragraph? What is the general idea of the passage?
  • Look for contextual clues (The part of a statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning).

Sentence Skills:

  • Read each sentence, inserting each answer as you go.
  • Is the answer in the same “tense”? (walking, walked)
  • Watch out for “transitional words” (although, yet, however, but, so, because..)
  • Look for similarities in answers (if three answers mean the same thing, go for the fourth answer!)
  • Use your ear! If it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.


  • All numbers are “real” numbers.
  • Jagged or straight lines can both be assumed to be straight.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all drawings and figures lie in a plane.
  • Variables are letters that represent an unknown number (x, y, a, b…)
  • A negative number multiplied or divided by a negative number = a positive number.
  • A negative number subtracted from another number is the same as adding a positive number.
  • When exponents are multiplied together, the exponents are added to get the final result.
  • When exponents in parentheses have an exponent, the exponents are multiplied to get the final result.
  • A percent can converted to a decimal simply by dividing it by 100.
  • The “probability” that something will happen, is the number of possible ways that something can happen divided by the total number of possible ways for all things that can happen.
  • Word problems describing shapes can best be solved if you draw the shape out.
  • Mixed numbers are whole numbers and fractions together, such as 2 1/2.
  • To add or subtract fractions, the denominators must be the same.
  • To divide fractions, multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second. Check to see if you can cancel as you multiply.
  • To multiply fractions together, simply multiply the numerators together and then the denominators together.
  • To simplify fractions (reduce them to lowest terms): divide both the numerator (top number) and the denominator (bottom number) by the same number, preferably the greatest common factor (GCF).
  • To add or subtract decimals: vertically line up the decimals, add or subtract as you would whole numbers, bring down the decimal into the answer.
  • To multiply decimals: multiply as usual, count the number of decimals places in your answer and place the decimal there.
  • To find the square root of a number: ask yourself, “What number times itself equals this number?”
  • To multiply exponential expressions with the same base, add the exponents.
  • To divide exponential expressions with the same base, subtract exponents.


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Welcome to Navajo Technical University. Navajo Tech is committed to offering quality technical, vocational, and academic degrees, and community education in student oriented, hands-on learning environment based on the Dine Philosophy of Education. Our primary campus is located in Crownpoint, New Mexico; two Arizona instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos are growing rapidly!