PLACEMENT TESTS

The Office of Academic Services offers incoming students placement tests for two purposes: (1) to determine a student’s level of proficiency in a particular subject so the student can be placed into the appropriate course level; and (2) to determine, if applicable, what kind of remedial instruction a student may need in order to follow the scheduled academic progress. The placement tests are not used for awarding credits.

 

Currently, the College offers placement tests in English, Chinese, and math.

English Testing

All incoming students must take an English placement test. The College uses Accuplacer Reading to determine reading comprehension skills and the WritePlacer to determine writing competency. Students who score below 90 on Accuplacer Reading and below 5 on WritePlacer are placed into remedial courses as follows:

Remedial Course Placement

Remedial Course

Accuplacer Reading Score

WritePlacer Score

Not Required

90+

5+

Introduction to College English

51-89

4

ESL

Below 51

1-3

 

If a student’s Accuplacer Reading score and WritePlacer score correspond to different remedial course placements (e.g., WritePlacer score of 3 and Accuplacer score of 90), the student will be asked to do a retest on one or both tests. After the retest, OAA, in discussion with remedial course instructors, will compare the student’s scores from the original test and the retest and place the student into the appropriate English course.

Chinese Testing

Students who wish to register for Chinese language courses to fulfil general education world language requirements must take the Chinese Placement Test in order to determine the appropriate course level to take.

 

Students are given one of four Chinese placement tests based on a survey of their language backgrounds. The exams are graded by a committee of Chinese language faculty, and placement results are sent to OAS. The following table shows the course placement of students based on their test score results:

 

 

 

 

Chinese Test Scoring

Exam

0-40%

41%-60%

61%-74%

75% and above

Beginning Chinese

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies I: Level 1

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies I: Level 1

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies II: Level 1

Retest in Elementary Chinese

Elementary Chinese

Retest in Beginning Chinese

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies I: Level 2

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies II: Level 2

Retest in Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese

Retest in Elementary Chinese

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies I: Level 3

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies II: Level 3

Retest in Advanced Chinese

Advanced Chinese

Retest in Intermediate Chinese

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies I: Level 4

Chinese Language and Cultural Studies II: Level 4

Interview with Chinese Instructor for further evaluation

Math Testing

Students who are required or interested in taking MAT105 Calculus I are required to take a math placement test to demonstrate their mathematical readiness for studying Calculus. The College uses the Accuplacer College Level Math test to determine students’ mathematics proficiency. Students who score below 103 on the Accuplacer College Level Math are placed into a remedial course: Pre-Calculus.