ARC Assessment Center

Students taking computer placement tests

Effective February 1, 2019, standardized assessment tests will no longer be administered for placement into English and math classes. ESL tests will still be offered.

Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

AB 705 Background Information

More than a year ago, California law (Assembly Bill 705) essentially eliminated the use of assessment tests for purposes of determining the placement of students into transfer-level math and English courses in community colleges. Research shows that California students are far more prepared than assessment tests have acknowledged. A student's high school performance is a much stronger predictor of success in transfer-level courses than standardized placement tests. AB 705 requires colleges to take into account high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average when determining math and English placement upon enrollment. For more information, please watch the video below, Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, there are two pathways for course placement

  1. Students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. For more information, see Placement for Recent High School graduates below.
  2. Students who graduated more than 10 years ago, students who have foreign transcripts, and students who left high school without graduating will use a guided self-placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them. For more information, see Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement below.

Getting Started

What to Bring

  • Students must complete the online college application process and obtain a student ID number before testing/assessment.
  • A valid photo ID (school or government issued)
    • Driver's License
    • A high school ID card
    • College ID card
    • State or Federal ID card
    • Passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • A naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship
  • Completed Student Informed Testing Request form (please print and fill out)

Placement Re-Evaluation

ARC is changing its method for placing students in the English and mathematics course sequences to use more high school record information. If you graduated from a U.S. high school within the 10 years, but you did not report your high school information on your college application, you have the option of having your placement re-evaluated.

To receive your course placements in English and math, bring your high school transcripts to ARC Assessment Center and complete the short Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP).

Note: The form must be signed and submitted to the Assessment Center. Please follow the submission instructions on the cover page of this form. Be sure to submit all pages including the cover page with the instructions.

View and download the PREP form (PDF document)

Understanding Your Placement

Understanding Your Placement

You can find your placement results for English Writing, math, or English as a Second Language (ESL) in your eServices account under the Steps to Success tab. For students enrolling in English Writing and math, placements may be based on a review of your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For ESL students, placements will be based on assessment tests completed at the college. Please see messages below from ARC academic departments concerning your placements.

Math Placement Information

Finalize Your Placement in Math

If you have an AP Test result for Calculus or Statistics, a CLEP Test result, an IB Test result, an EAP Test result of 3 or higher with high school transcripts if applicable, or a college transcript from outside Los Rios showing that you passed a math or statistics class, please bring it to Enrollment Services (Administration building).

If you don’t have any of the above, your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool.

Please schedule a new student appointment with the Counseling department.

View and download the PDF document of the Math Flow Charts

English Writing Placement Information

Your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool. If we do not have your high school records on file, in some cases, you may also provide unofficial transcripts of high school records for evaluation. Please see information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) process.

English Writing
Click the "Course Placement" below that matches your placement in eServices for detailed information.
Level Name Course Placement
College Writing ENGWR 94 with ENGWR 300 Corequisite
College Composition ENGWR 300, 480 

Placement Process

How to Get Your Placement Results

Your English, math, and ESL placements are available online through your eServices Account.

Placements printed from eServices can be used for verification of course eligibility at all Los Rios Colleges.

  • Log onto your eServices account using your student ID number and password; click on Student Center.

  • Click on the Steps to Success tab.

  • To see all the placements listed in your eServices account, click on the yellow Print Placements button just below the First Steps table.

  • ESL placement results are available in the ARC Assessment Center in 3 working days. Please allow another day (total of 4 business days) for ESL placements to be available on eServices.

  • All placements may also be picked up at the ARC Assessment Center in the Welcome and Support Center. A valid photo ID is required.

    If you have questions, please come into the ARC Assessment Center in the Welcome and Support Center or call (916) 484-8423.

Placement for Recent High School Graduates

For Students who have graduated from a US high school 10 years ago or less

If you have been placed in an English and/or math class based on your GPA submitted on your application, your placement is listed in your eServices account. See How to Get Your Placement Results above.

If you see your placement, and you believe the high school information you submitted is not accurate, please see the information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition process above.

If English is not your first language and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please visit the American River College Assessment Center to take the ESL Assessment Test. For testing times, see the Testing Calendar.

If you don’t see your English and/or math placement in your eServices account, choose from the following:

  • Students planning to return after an absence should submit a new application, wait one day, and check their eServices account for a placement.
  • Currently enrolled ARC students should submit a Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) to the ARC Assessment Center.

Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement

Available for the Following:

  • Students who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago
  • Students who have foreign transcripts 
  • Students who left high school without graduating

You have the opportunity to be placed into an English and math course based upon your experience through a new Guided Self-placement process. This process will help you identify the course(s) most appropriate for you based on a series of easy questions about yourself and your academic goals.   

If you are eligible, please check your Los Rios Gmail account for an email called "How to Get Your English and Math Course Placements", containing a link to Guided Self-Placement. If you have not received that email, you can call the Assessment Center at (916) 484-8423 to request the link.

If English is not your first language, and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please visit the American River College Assessment Center to take the ESL Assessment Test. For testing times, see the Testing Calendar.

Note: If you take the Guided Self-Placement, but are not eligible, your results will not transfer to your eServices account. If you have graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years, please see Placement for Recent High School Graduates on this page.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Test

ESL 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.

Important: Arrive at least 30 minutes before ESL test start time.

The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes.

  • The ESL test is composed of four sections:
    • Listening, reading, and grammar.
      • Administered on the computer and are not timed.
    • Writing (essay)
      • Administered using paper/pencil and is timed.
  • Test Method and Time: Allow approximately 3 hours. (refer above for method)
  • Sample Tests: 
  • Test Results: ESL test results are available in the Assessment Center within three (3) business days and in the student's ARC eServices portal account in one additional day.
  • Retest: A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period.

Chemistry Test

The Chemistry test is required for students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 400 - General Chemistry I who have not met the prerequisite requirement. The Chemistry test is multiple choice, consisting of general chemistry topics, lab skills questions, and mathematics.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 45 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 hour.
    • A calculator and periodic table will be provided (no personal calculators are allowed).
  • Sample Test: Not available
  • Retest: Only one attempt is permitted.

Other Assessments

The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI, is used to assess students' awareness of their use of learning and study strategies.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered on the computer and is not timed. Allow approximately 30 minutes.

Graduation Competency Testing

Graduation Competency Testing

The Math Graduation Competency is administered to students who are applying for an AA/AS Degree and have been referred to the Assessment Center by their counselor. This competency requirement may be satisfied by completing specific courses as listed in the graduation requirements section of the ARC catalog or by passing the competency examination. Students should consult with their counselor to determine whether an examination is required.

Math Competency - Elementary Algebra

The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor for every test and retest.

  • Testing sessions: The math competency exam is administered either during regular testing times or by appointment. Please see the Testing Calendar.
  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 30 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 hour.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.

Math Competency - Intermediate Algebra

The test is composed of 20 intermediate algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor for every test and retest.

  • Testing sessions: The math competency exam is administered either during regular testing times or by appointment. Please see the Testing Calendar.
  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 60 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 ½ hours.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.

 

Test Proctoring Services

Proctoring

ARC testing center participant

ARC will proctor only the following exams for other institutions:

  • Paper and pencil and web-based exams for U.S. Institutions
  • Paper and pencil and web-based exams for National and International certifications
  • Web-based ACCUPLACER exams 

The price for proctoring services is $50 for the first two-hour block, and $25 for each additional hour, pro-rated in 30-minute increments. Fees are based on the amount of time your instructor or testing center allows, not on the time you actually take.

Testing Procedures

Note: No e-Books, laptops, iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, or other personal electronic devices are allowed.

1. Please submit your information as far as possible in advance, but no fewer than 7 days before your exam.

2. Testing times are limited and are by appointment only. There will be no testing on a “walk-in” basis.

  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on a space-available basis. (Test must be completed by 4:30 pm). We do not test nights or weekends.

3. After initial contact is made, tests should be mailed to the ARC Assessment Center from the test administrator (with contact information) either via the U.S. mail or via email from an EDU address. We will not accept testing materials hand-carried by test takers, even if the envelope’s seal appears to be intact.

U.S. Mail:

American River College
Attn: Assessment Center / Test Proctoring Services
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841-4286

4. Test takers must bring a valid photo ID: State ID or driver’s license, U.S. military ID or passport. (For use of other ID, please check with the ARC Assessment Center staff).

5. Test takers needing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the ARC Assessment Center as early as possible to discuss your situation.

6. All fees must be paid in advance of testing. Students will be assigned a check-in time approximately 30 minutes before their exam, to pick up their fee statement at the ARC Assessment Center, pay at our Business Services Office and then return to test.

  • Fee: The price for proctoring services is $50 for the first two-hour block and $25 for each additional hour. Prices are then pro-rated in 30-minute increments. Fees are based on the amount of time your instructor or testing center allows, not on the time you actually take.

7. No refunds. Rescheduling may be done no less than three (3) business days before the scheduled test.

  • Test Cancellation/Rescheduling Fee: Any student who does not show up for a scheduled exam, or who cancels and/or reschedules the exam with less than 3 business days' notice, may be subject to a $15 cancellation/rescheduling fee. The fee will be due on the day of the next scheduled exam.

8. If tests are to be returned via U.S. mail, a postage-paid return envelope must be provided to the ARC Assessment Center before testing begins.

9. We are located in the Welcome and Support Center Building.

10. Parking is $2 per day in Parking Lots B, C, or D (student parking only).

Requesting a Proctored Exam:

Please send us an email with the following information:
1. Your name
2. Phone number
3. School/institution
4. Course name and number (if applicable)
5. Type of test (midterm, final, etc.)
6. Length of test
7. Preferred testing dates and times. Be specific and please provide as many options as possible. (We do not test nights and weekends.)
Email us at ARCtestingservices@arc.losrios.edu The subject field should read, “Testing Proctoring Request.” We will respond to your email within 2 working days.

Questions:

Please email us your questions at ARCtestingservices@arc.losrios.edu and use “Proctoring Question” in the Subject field. We will respond to your email within  2 business days.

Referrals:

If you have reviewed our procedures and determined that our services are not the best fit for your needs, you may wish to contact other local testing agencies:

Testing Calendar

Assessment Center Office

American River College
Welcome and Support Center Building

(916) 484-8423

Assessment Center

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Natomas Center website

About Placement

Placement results are used by academic counselors to determine readiness for specific courses and programs.

For students enrolling in English Writing and math, placements may be based on a review of your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For ESL students, placements will be based on assessment tests completed at the college.

For testing times please check the testing calendar.

There are no fees for students who are taking the Los Rios Assessment and/or Graduation Competency tests.

Students needing special accommodations for testing should call the DSP&S office at (916) 484-8382.