Placement Testing
Many courses at LCC have minimum skill level requirements in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. These skill levels must be met before a student will be permitted to enroll in those courses. One way students meet these skill prerequisites is by achieving the required scores on placement tests.
Placement test results also play a large role in determining both the level and number of required courses. It is important that you do your best. You are encouraged to use the review materials listed below—both to refresh your knowledge and to become familiar with the question format.
DO YOU NEED TO TEST?
If you have completed the ACT or SAT you may be able to waive placement
testing and receive levels based on your score.
Click here for information on submitting test results for placement levels.
If you have previously attended college or have AP or CLEP scores,
visit the Waiver Team Webpage to determine if you can waive the tests.
Information, Test Overviews, & Preparation Materials:
 Placement Testing Frequently Asked Questions
 Reading, Writing & Math Assessments
 English as Second Language (ESL) Assessments
 Official ACCUPLACER Study App  IOS, Android, & WebBased (Free)
 Accuplacer Sample Questions  PDF
 The WritePlacer Guide  PDF
 Math Resources on the Web (links to helpful websites)
 Preparation Resources and Websites  LCC Library
Alternative Testing Locations
 Testing OffCampus  Information & Proctor Request Form
 Testing Options at Other LCC Campuses & Learning Centers
Additional Testing Information:
 Health Biology Proficiency Test (HBPT)
 Proficiency and Core Exams
 How to view test scores
 ACT/SAT Placement Test Waiver Form
Reading & Writing Assessments:
The Reading Comprehension Test is an untimed multiplechoice test. There are two types of questions:
 A passage followed by a question based on the text.
 Sentence relationships: Presents two sentences followed by a question about how they are related (such as supporting, contradiction, or repetition).
Reading Comprehension Sample Questions
The WritePlacer is a timed essay (70 minutes).
You will be asked to write a 300600 word essay that draws on your experiences, learning, and ideas in support of your point of view in relation to the issue in question.
Responses do not require any technical or specific knowledge. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas.
The following components are considered in the score:
Focus  The clarity of the main idea or point of view
Organization  The clarity of the structure and the
logical sequence of ideas
Development and Support  Elaboration of ideas and
supporting details
Sentence Structure  Effectiveness of the sentence
structure
Mechanical Conventions  Extent to which the writing is
free of errors is usage and mechanics
The WritePlacer Guide has sample essays representing the full range of possible scores.
Math Assessments:
There are 3 possible math assessments. You will choose which test to start at. A high or low on the score of the first test may result in a second test.
The Arithmetic Test has three types of questions:
 Operations with whole numbers and fractions
 Including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
 Operations with decimals and percents
 Including: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, estimation
 Applications and problem solving
 Topics: rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry, distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
The Elementary Algebra Test has three types of questions:
 Integers and rational numbers, computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, ordering
 Operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials; evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, factoring.
 Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems; solving linear equations and inequalities; solution of quadratic equations by factoring; verbal problems in an algebraic context, geometric reasoning and graphing; the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.
The College Level Math Test assess intermediate algebra through precalculus. Including:
 Algebraic operations: simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, manipulating roots and exponents
 Solutions of equations: solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, other algebraic equations
 Coordinate geometry: plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, graphs of algebraic functions
 Applications and other algebra topics: complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, word problems
 Functions and trigonometry: polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
Math Resources on the Web
Khan Academy and Math.com are good resources for additional math review. However, these websites are NOT designed specifically for the Accuplacer tests. Review the subjects listed in the overviews above to narrow your focus before visiting math related websites.
English as Second Language:
There are 3 ESL assessment tests. ESOL Students will use the average score of the ESL Reading Skills and ESL Language Usage tests along with the ESL Listening score to determine their courses.
ESL Reading Skills  Evaluates comprehension of short passages. Including: paraphrasing, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, pronoun reference, main idea, fact vs. opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author's point of view, applying author's logic to another situation.
ESL Language Usage  Measures grammar and usage
Subjects for both of the above tests include: Subjectverb agreement, verb
tenses, irregular verbs, noun forms and pronouns, modifiers and comparatives,
prepositions of direction and place, comparatives, connectives and commands,
sentence fragments or runon sentences.
ESL Listening  Assesses the ability to listen and understand one or more people speaking English  not on ability to read English. First, student will listen to the conversation and the question that follows, while looking at pictures of the speakers. Below are four answers from which to choose, written on the screen or with a drawing next to each choice.
Health Biology Proficiency Test
The HBPT is a 50 question multiple choice test. A passing score meets one of the prerequisites for BIOL 201. This test can only be attempted once and does not require a scheduled appointment. For additional information about this test contact the Science Department at 5174831092.
How to View Previous Test Scores
 Log into myLCC from the LCC main page
 Click on the "Profile" tab
 On the right side of the screen you will see "Placement Test Scores"
Your placement test scores should be viewable within 24 hours. Even though you may not be able to view your scores the same day as your test, you can still use them to register for classes that day (if registration is open).
Math and CORE Proficiency test scores and levels are viewable within 3 business days. A score of 71% or higher is passing.
The Health Biology Proficiency Test (HBPT) is recorded as either a pass or fail; a score of 1 is passing and a score of 0 is failing.
Submitting ACT or SAT Scores for Placement Levels
Review the table below to determine if you have the required scores needed for placement. (note that the ACT scores below are for the subject areas, not composite)
COLLEGEREADY ACT/SAT SCORES  
Test  Score Needed  Placement Level 
ACT Reading 
18+ 
Reading 5 
ACT English 
18+ 
Writing 6 
ACT Math*

2225 2628 29+ 
Math 6 Math 7 Math 9 
SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 
430+ 
Reading 5, Writing 6 
All submitted ACT Reading/English scores of 12 or above will result in placement levels. However, if your score is below 18, placement testing is still advised as it may result in higher Reading or Writing Levels
*Test scores for ACT Math must be no more than two years old
Please completely fill out the form at the link below. You must attach documentation showing your scores (copy of score report, web report, or transcript). The completed form and documentation can be droppedoff, mailed, emailed, or faxed.
Placement Request Form  ACT or SAT
Testing Services
Course Testing Center  TLC 104
Placement Testing Center  GB StarZone
Phone: (517) 2675500
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