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Placement Testing

Placement tests/assessments are required for all first-time college students and those who plan to enroll in reading, writing, ESL (English as a Second Language) or math courses.

 

Assessment Placement Expiration Policy & Dates

   

computercomputerEnglish The English test measures reading and writing skills. The first section is composed of passages followed by questions regarding the content. In the second section, students will identify sentence and grammar errors and identify logical sentence choices. In the last section, students are given sentences with words missing and are asked to fill in the blanks with the correct answer. All three sections must be taken for either reading or writing courses. It is administered on the computer and is timed. Students should allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for the English test.  A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period.  Assessment is for initial course placement only.  Any student  who has started the course sequence will be referred to the English Department to pursue a Prerequisite Challenge. English sample test.

handcomputer English as a Second Language The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes. It is composed of four sections. Listening, reading, and grammar are administered on the computer and are not timed. Writing (essay) is timed for 30 minutes. Students should allow approximately 3 hours. A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. Assessment is for initial course placement only.  Any student  who has started the course sequence will be referred to the Humanities Department to pursue a Prerequisite Challenge.

ESL Reading and Grammar test information and sample questions. (Scroll down to see all 5 pages of this document.)

ESL Sample Items (All 4 tests.)

computer Standardized Math Exam is for students who wish to enroll in any math course at ARC, or who may want to take a math course at another Los Rios college. It is not available online. It is only available at the ARC Main Campus or at the Natomas Center. It is administered on the computer and is not timed. Students should allow approximately one hour. No personal calculators are allowed. A calculator will be provided. A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. Assessment is for initial course placement only.  Any student  who has started the course sequence will be referred to the Math Department to pursue a Prerequisite Challenge. Students are encouraged to review math concepts before testing, especially if one or more years have passed since taking a math class.  A more accurate course placement will result

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Click here for Math sample test. 

Check the ACCUPLACER store page for information on their Web-Based Study App. (Select the Classic Practice Tests.)

computer Learning and Study Strategies Inventory The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI, is used to assess students' awareness of their use of learning and study strategies. It is administered on the computer and is not timed. Allow 30 minutes.