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Los Angeles Valley College uses The College Board's ACCUPLACER to assess students online. ACCUPLACER is computer adaptive, multiple-choice and not timed. The purpose of the ACCUPLACER tests is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English or ESL. The results of the assessment in conjunction with your academic background and goals are used to determine what math, English or ESL course you need to take. This is not a pass or fail test. It is very important that you do your best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills. A print out of your tests scores is available upon completion of the test and your scores will immediately post on the Student Information System.
Assessment/Placement test review guide (please click on link)
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ACCUPLACER Sample Tests:
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In keeping with matriculation guidelines and to better conserve limited resources, Los Angeles Valley College enforces the following policies regarding retesting:
What is the purpose of the English Assessment:
The purpose of the English assessment is to assess students’ reading and writing skills. Results will inform them if they are ready to undertake college-level work or if they need to further develop their skills. Based on their results, students will be placed into a level of English appropriate to their skill level.
Students must take the English Assessment prior to enrolling in English classes. The exception is the student who has a satisfactory grade in English composition documented by transcripts from an accredited college.
The Assessment Center offers two types of computerized English assessments:
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ENGLISH AS A NATIVE LANGUAGE (ENL):
ENL assessment is taken on a computer and is untimed. Most students take approximately one hour to complete it.
Students who are native English speakers or attended junior and senior high school in the United States, are strongly recommend to take the ENL Assessment. This test is best suited to assess their skills.
The ENL assessment is in two parts and is multiple choice:
You may place in any of the following English courses:
College Reading and Composition
Intermediate Reading and Composition
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL):
The ESL assessment is taken on a computer and is untimed. Most students take approximately one hour to complete it.
The ESL assessment is designed for students for who want to learn how to speak/read/write in English and/or English learner students coming from other countries who did not complete high school in the U.S.
The ESL assessment is in 3 parts and is multiple choice:
You may place in any of the following ESL courses:
ESL for Academic Purposes III
ESL for Academic Purposes II
ESL for Academic Purposes I
College Conversation English as a Second Language
Introduction to College English as a Second Language
Introduction to English as a Second Language Reading Skills
The Mathematics assessment is required of any student who wishes to enroll into any Valley College Math course. High school Math courses may not be used for placement into Math classes at Valley College.
The Mathematics assessment is taken on a computer and is untimed. It takes approximately one hour to complete. Math testing may include up to three separate tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. Calculators are NOT permitted.
The math assessment is adaptive. Students can place in one of three math levels:
Math 110/Math 112
Math 115/ Math 120/ Math 125
Math 215/ Math 225/ Math 245/ Math 240/ Math 260/ Math 259 and Math 265
In computerized adaptive testing the computer selects the test questions administered to the student. The computer adapts each test to the examinee. The computer keeps track of a student’s performance on each test item and uses this information to select the next item to be administered or whether the student will move on to the next level of the test or not.
Students may view their placement results online in the student information system at: https://eweb1.laccd.edu/WebStudent/signon.asp
No. Students taking the assessment may only assess once (1) a year. This also applies to students who have assessed at any Los Angeles Community College District campus. Please note that no retests are permitted if a student begins the sequence of courses they originally placed in and recieved a grade.
A challenge process exists for students already enrolled in courses who provide evidence that they meet the prerequisites of a course higher than their current placement or enrollment level.
The Assessment Center issues Los Angeles Valley College placement scores only. Students must complete a Placement Result Request and Release Form [Word doc: 76KB] ( print it, fill it out ,sign it, and send it), email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 818-947-7282.
All requests must include:
Telephone requests are not accepted. All students must provide a photo ID to pick up test scores. Test scores cannot be picked up by another person unless the student has provided written permission.
The Assessment Center also offers the following exams:
CHEMISTRY READINESS TEST: (This test is currently unavailable)
California Chemistry Readiness Diagnostic Test
The California Chemistry Readiness Diagnostic Test (Chemistry Readiness Exam) is a Chemistry 101 placement exam. The Assessment Center offers these exams by appointment only. Students must score a 23 or better to pass. Students who score below a 23 must enroll in the required pre-requisite courses. Students who pass the exam must meet the math pre-requisites prior to enrolling in Chemistry 101. The Chemistry Placement Test may not be repeated. Please call us or stop ny our office for scheduled dates and to make an appointment.
Materials to bring:
Please note: CALCULATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TEST.
ACCUPLACER MATH TEST
As of fall 2009 all NEW students may meet their Math Competency for the Associates Degree by placing in College-Level Math (Math 225 and above). This is the same test as the one used for placement. If this is the appropriate test for you to take, and you have taken it previously as a placement test and placed in college level math courses you may use those results for completion of the Math Competency requirement. The Math Competency Test may only be taken once.
LACCD Math Competency Exam
The Los Angeles Community College District Math Competency Exam is for CONTINUING students who have been attending Valley College since prior to summer 2009. This exam is designed to meet the Math 115 graduation requirement for the Associates Degree. The Assessment Center offers this exam by appointment only. The Math Competency Exam may not be used to fulfill math prerequisites. Students who wish to enroll in higher-level math courses must take the math assessment. Students must score a 15 or better to pass. Students, who score below a 15, must enroll in Math 115. You may only test once. No retests are permitted.
Materials to bring:
Ability to Benefit and CELSA:
ATTENTION: Beginning July 1, 2012 the Ability to Benefit and CELSA will no longer be available to students to establish Financial Aid eligibility. Please go to the Financial Aid website for more information.