Assessment Center Frequently Asked Questions (cont'd)

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  1. Are there sample questions that I can preview before the test?Yes. You can download or view the following sample tests by clicking on the links below. The practice tests are also available in the Counseling Office, Room E1-301 or the Assessment Center, Room E1-101.
  2. How long does the test take? All Tests are Timed. Some students might finish well before time expires, some might take the full amount of time. The important thing is to do the best you can. Below is the maximum allotted time for each test:
     
    Test Session Total Times
    English Test (Writing Skills + Reading) No Time Limit
    ESL (English as a Second Language) Test No Time Limit
    Reading Test No Time Limit
    Math Tests: Three (3) choices Times Below
    Starting Point 1: Pre Algebra No Time Limit
    Starting Point 2: Algebra No Time Limit
    Starting Point 3: College Algebra No Time Limit

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  3. Should I take the English or ESL test? If you plan to enroll in an English-as-Second Language course, you will need to take the ESL test. If you desire to enroll in an English course, you would take the English test. However, if your English and reading scores are not high enough for an English placement you will need to return and take the ESL test.
  4. May I take only the math test? Yes, if you have already completed your English and reading requirements for graduation and would like to get a math placement recommendation you may take the math test only.
  5. May I take only the reading test? Yes, if you are preparing for graduation and have not completed Reading 53 with a C or better you may take the test to meet the reading proficiency requirement for an AA/AS degree.
  6. May I take only the English test?No, it is necessary to take BOTH the reading test and English test on the same day and same form in order to get an English placement.

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  7. When I take the ESL test, do I need to take the math test too? You do not need to take the math test. The ESL test is given first. If you wish to stay to take the math test, you may do so.
  8. If I am applying for the LVN or Psych Tech program which math test do I take? You will need to take the arithmetic test.
  9. If I am applying for financial aid and do not have a high school diploma which math test do I take? You will need to take the arithmetic test along with the English and reading test. If you are taking the ESL test you may choose any of the four math tests.
  10. If I have earned reading proficiency and get a lower reading placement the next time I take the test along with the English test do I need to take the test again for reading proficiency? No, your reading proficiency is still valid. However, the reading score and English score you earn on a given test date determines your English placement.

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