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The Truth About Placement Testing

 We know that testing may seem like a waste of time or even a little scary.  But we need the information to help you identify courses that will prepare you to be successful and that will lead to your graduation.  You want to do your best so that you can place as high as possible.  If you place lower than your actual skill level, you may need to take an extra class.  To avoid taking an extra class, this is what you must do:

To make the best of your placement testing, invest some time to become familiar with the test and to refresh skills that you may not have used recently. 

To take a practice test, go to http://accuprep.pccc.edu/

 To get an idea of how the test is constructed, go to www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer

 To review sample essays, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-writeplacer-sample-essays.pdf

 To review sample ESL essays, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-writeplacer-esl-sample-essays.pdf

 To see math concepts included in Accuplacer and links to support material:  Resources for Accuplacer Topics July 2014 PDF

 To view videos of math concepts:   www.khanacademy.com or www.patrickjmt.com

 For additional Math and Writing resources, go to the resource section of the Academic Support Center website ---www.raritanval.edu/studentserv/asc/index.html

A free Official Accuplacer Study app is available at New Link https://store.collegeboard.org/store/productdetail.do?Itemkey=120095191 or from Apple's iTunes Store.

  If you require testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 908-526-1200 Ext. 8418 or email disabilityservices2@raritanval.edu to apply for accommodations before taking the Placement Exam.  

Accuplacer is a computer-based test.  It uses adaptive technology to personalize the test for you, providing us with the information we need while limiting the number of questions you need to answer.  Simplistically, this is how it works: if you answer a question correctly, the next one is more difficult.  If you answer a question incorrectly, the next one is a little easier.  It’s helpful to understand going into the test that there will be questions you do not have answers for.  That’s okay! 

No appointment is needed for testing – check  www.raritanval.edu  Quicklinks/Testing  for current hours and allow about 2 ½ hours to complete the test.  You will need to bring a picture ID.  All other material will be supplied – pencil, scrap paper and an on-screen calculator (when appropriate for math questions).  Sign in at the counter when you arrive in the Testing Center, listen to your instructions, take a deep breath and take the test. 

With this type of testing, we can provide most student’s results and placements immediately after the test, even when there is an essay requirement, because it is scored using algorithms and artificial intelligence.  Please note: ESL students will not receive scores immediately.  You have to meet with a faculty member for a speaking assessment and to receive your placement. 

 Testing Center staff will review your scores and placements with you.  That staff member may also suggest a section that you might consider retesting after more review to improve your placement.  You may retest a section up to two times and there is a $10 fee for each section that you retest.  If you do not think the results represent the skills you have, go back to the websites, refresh those skills and test that section again. 

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