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Placement Testing for New Students

Overview of Placement Testing

Wor-Wic Community College uses Accuplacer, an untimed computer adaptive test, to assess students’ skills. Native speakers are assessed in English, math, and reading. Non-native speakers are assessed in reading, language use, and listening. There is no fee for taking these assessments.

Because of the computer adaptive format, each multiple-choice test will accurately assess your skill level in less time than the traditional paper and pencil test. You do not need advanced keyboarding skills, but you will need to operate a computer mouse. If you need practice in operating a mouse, the program provides a tutorial.

Your scores on these assessments determine if and how many developmental courses you will be required to complete. Being required to take any developmental course, which does not transfer or count toward your major, will affect the amount of money and time you will have to invest in a degree. If you are a non-native speaker, there is the additional requirement that you must demonstrate proficiency in all three areas before you will be eligible to take the test for native speakers. Therefore, taking these examinations very seriously is important.

You should come to the Testing Center well-rested and familiar with the format of the Accuplacer tests. Further, you should be free from other obligations for at least two hours so that you can focus completely on the tests.

Review the General Guidelines for Using the Testing Center.

Placement Tests FAQs

  • Who must take the Placement Tests?
  • Who is NOT required to take the Placement Tests?
  • If I retest, which scores are used for my placement?
  • How long are test scores good for?
  • What if I started taking developmental courses after the last time I tested?
  • Where can I get the testing referral form to take or retake the Placement Tests?

Before Testing

  1. Apply to the college online at
  2. Wait 48 hours to return to the college to speak with a staff member in Student Services, who will determine the tests you need to take based on your previous testing or educational experiences. You will then be issued a testing referral form on which your Student ID will be printed. Hold on to this form.
  3. If you believe you are eligible for special accommodations during test taking, make sure that you speak with a disabilities counselor, who will indicate on the form the accommodations for which you are eligible.
  4. View this Accuplacer Preparation Guide to understand the content and format of the tests you will take:

  5. Test Center STUDY for the assessment by taking practice tests designed to help you succeed on Accuplacer. A list of these practice sites can be accessed here:

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers

Read about Testing for Non-Native English Speakers.

Day of Testing

  1. Report directly to the Testing Center (BH 226) at least THREE hours before the center closes. You do not need to make an appointment.
  2. Bring your testing referral form and a school or government-issued photo ID.
  3. Turn off all cell phones or other electronic devices.
  4. Complete the tests, making sure that you read directions carefully and devote your full concentration to the questions. A copy of your scores will automatically be printed when you have completed your prescribed battery.
  5. Keep the hard copy of your scores and take the copy with you when you complete your registration through SOAR or an advisor.
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