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
- Apply to the college online at http://www.worwic.edu/apply
- 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.
- 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.
- View this Accuplacer Preparation Guide to understand the content and format of the tests you will take:
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:
Links with practice materials in Reading, Sentence Skills and Math:
Testing for Non-Native English Speakers
Read about Testing for Non-Native English Speakers.
Day of Testing
- Report directly to the Testing Center (BH 226) at least THREE hours before the center
closes. You do not need to make an appointment.
- Bring your testing referral form and a school or government-issued photo ID.
- Turn off all cell phones or other electronic devices.
- 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.
- Keep the hard copy of your scores and take the copy with you when you complete your
registration through SOAR or an advisor.