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All new Roxbury Community College students are required to take an Assessment/Placement Test to determine the appropriate course level at which to begin their studies. The Placement Test is used to evaluate students’ skills level in English, Math and Science and identify academic strengths and needs. Students do not receive a “passing” or “failing” grade for these tests.
The Reading and Math tests are administered through “Accuplacer”, an online test. Students also take paper and pencil based Writing and a computerized Science test.
Non-native English speakers with limited proficiency in English must take the Roxbury Community College “English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) Placement Test”. Non-native speakers of English may take the Roxbury Community College math test if they place into advanced level ESL classes.
Transfer students who have taken college level English and Math courses at another college or university and received a grade of “C” or better may be exempt from taking the placement test. An evaluation of their college transcript will determine if testing is required.
Students will be tested in Reading, Math, Writing and Science. If you are non-native speaker of English and need to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills you will take the English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) test.
If you are interested in taking a Spanish or French language course, you will be assessed to determine what level to place you. These tests are paper pencil and are untimed.
A description of the material covered in each test is listed below. This information can also be found at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample
There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.
This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are 17 questions on the Arithmetic tests divided into three types.
A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.
College Level Math Test
There are 20 questions on the College-Level Mathematics.
The College-Level Mathematics test assesses from Intermediate Algebra through Precalculus.
The writing sample asks you to select one of four topics and write an essay of 300 words or more. You will have 50 minutes to write your essay.
This test consists of 25 multiple choice questions covering basic general science concepts.
The ESOL test consists of three parts: Writing, Grammar and Oral Test. For the Writing sample you will be given a picture and asked to write about what you see. The Grammar has 60 multiple choice questions, and the Oral Test measures how well you understand and respond to questions.
All tests take approximately two (2) to three (3) hours to complete. Once students have completed the tests, they will receive a Placement Report indicating the courses for which they should register.
It is not required, but it is highly recommend that you spend time preparing for these tests in order place at the highest possible level, as you begin your college classes. You can prepare for English by reading on your own. For those who have not studied or used math for several years, it is important to review. Some websites that can help you review for the placement tests are:
Additional preparation for the Accuplacer test can be done through the Official Accuplacer iphone App which is available for $2.99, and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and requires iOS 4.2 or higher.
Students may retake a test once in an academic year providing they have not taken courses in that subject area.
Accuplacer scores from another colleges or institutions are accepted at RCC. The scores are reviewed and evaluated based on the placement scoring criteria established for this college. Scores can be no more than 3 years old.
For Students Needing Accommodations:
Students whose disability impairs them from completing a timed test in the allotted time will be given extended time or reasonable accommodations to assist them in completing the exams. Evaluation of the placement test is based on skill knowledge and not ability to physically complete the test.