Are there any study guides to help me prepare for these tests?
The Official ACCUPLACER Study App has sample questions for the Reading and Math sections of the placement tests. It offers direct feedback and explanations of correct answers. This free app can be used on both computers and phones. Click here to access the ACCUPLACER Study App.
Click here for the Accuplacer Sample Questions packet. This is a free PDF file and includes a brief description of each test along with sample questions.
The WritePlacer Guide has sample essays representing the full range of possible scores.
Additional math questions can be found at the Mathematics Department website .
Where do I go to take the tests?
If you are testing at the Main Campus, you will need to go to the Assessment Center. located in the Gannon Building, StarZone .
I am not in the Mid-Michigan area. How do I take my tests?
You may set up a proctor in your area. Usually another college or university in your vicinity will have a testing center. You will want to check with them first to make sure they are willing to proctor your tests, collect their contact information, then completely fill out our Placement Test Proctor Request Form.
How many tests are there?
There are three assessment subjects (reading, writing, and math). Math may give an additional test. If you are taking all subjects in one sitting, you will take 3 or 4 tests.
What do I need to bring with me?
A picture ID is the only item required in order to test. In fact, no other outside materials are allowed at your testing station. We will provide you with scrap paper. No hand-held calculators are allowed, although a "pop-up" calculator is available on screen for certain questions.
What should I expect when I sit down to test?
The tests are computerized and include an essay and multiple choice reading and math tests. After the completion of one test, you will automatically move on to the next. While testing, no outside materials are allowed, your cell phone must be completely turned off, and there is to be no talking. You will be monitored to ensure that you are following these guidelines. Only the WritePlacer (essay) has a time limit. For the multiple-choice tests, you are encouraged to take your time and read through each question carefully.
Can I use a calculator for the math test?
No hand-held calculators are allowed, although a "pop-up" calculator is available on screen for certain questions.
How long will the tests take? Is there a time limit?
The WritePlacer has a 70 minute time limit. There is no time limit for multiple choice tests and you are strongly encouraged to take their time. In general, each test takes around 30 to 45 minutes. If you can, please plan on testing on a day when you will have ample time to complete your tests.
When will I receive my results?
As soon as you are finished with your test you will receive your scores and review them with
an Assessment employee.
My primary language is not English. Will I be taking different tests?
If English is not your primary language, you may start with tests that will give you an ESOL Level, which is based on the results of two placement tests in reading and language usage. This ESOL Level, along with the results of a listening test, then determine what ESOL classes you are eligible to register for. If you have a high score on the first ESL tests, you will automatically take the tests which could give you "college ready" placement levels. See the next question for more information about "college ready" levels.
What levels are considered "passing"?
These tests are not considered pass/fail. Based on your score, you will receive a level which determines which classes you may take. LCC has courses for every skill level.
Do I need to take all of the tests at once?
No. You may split up the three tests for different days or in order to take breaks in any way you wish. Keep in mind that you may leave the room for short breaks during your test.
What if I cannot finish my tests before I have to leave?
If you have to leave during your test you will get an "open session form". You will need to bring that form back to complete your test within 10 days. All of your work up to that point will be saved.
What are my next steps after testing?
Can I retest?
Yes, but you are only allowed two attempts per test within the last 12 months. You may only take each test once in a day. If you have used up your attempts, you may contact the Center for Transitional Learning for authorization for a reading or writing third attempt or the Mathematics Department for an additional math attempt.
Is there a way for me to look up my test scores?Yes
- Log into myLCC
- 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.
Can I send my LCC placement test scores to another institution?
We will not send your placement scores to another institution. Our placement tests are designed for placement into LCC courses. We suggest you contact the school that you wish to attend and ask them how to go about taking their tests. If you are in need of a local proctor to take your tests please visit our site below for more information.