All new students who plan to take an English or a math course, or a course with an English or math prerequisite, are required to take the Placement Tests before they can enroll in classes.
∑ Why am I required to take placement tests?
No one likes to take a class that is too difficult, or one that is so simple itís boring. Placement tests help to assure that students from a wide variety of backgrounds take courses that are right for them.
∑ What is covered in the placement tests?
You will take tests in reading, writing, and math. You will also be asked some questions about your background and experience. Most tests are given on the computer. Those who plan to take a math class above basic math will take a math test at the appropriate level.
∑ Should I study to get ready for the placement tests?
Many students find it helpful to brush up on their math before taking the Placements tests. You may study your own materials, purchase brush-up materials at the college bookstore, or study the math materials available for use in The Learning Center.
∑ How long will the placement tests take?
There is no time limit, but one to two hours is about average. Students taking placement tests in intermediate algebra or pre-calculus often need more time.
∑ What should I bring with me when I take the placement tests?
Important: please bring a photo i.d., your social security number, a #2 pencil, and a pen.
∑ When are the placement tests scored?
Tests are scored immediately. In most cases, you will also be given your class placement.
∑ What happens after I take the placement tests?
You meet with your counselor to plan your class schedule.
∑ May I retake the placement tests?
Yes, if necessary. We recommend that you do your best the first time, so you do not need to retake the placement tests.
∑ What if I do not know how to use a computer?
The placement tests are designed for students who have never used a computer. Directions are provided, and we help, too.
∑ Is it possible to see some sample questions before taking the placement tests?
Yes, you are welcome to look at some sample questions. They are available in The Learning Center.
∑ When may I take the placement tests?
The Learning Center has placement testing hours available by appointment. Please call 468-3046. There is no charge for this service. The Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, call 468-3046.
Students who wish to be exempted from the Placement Tests must obtain a Prerequisite Course Equivalency Form in the Admission and Records office, and demonstrate that they have either:
∑ Successfully completed a college level reading and composition course and an algebra class or higher, or
∑ Completed a comparable, approved placement test, with course placement recommendations, within the past three years.
To make an appointment for the placement tests at the Main Campus in Ukiah, call the Learning Center at (707) 468-3046
If you prefer, you make take the placement tests at the Lakeport Center (707) 263-4944, or at the Willits Center (707) 459-6224.
If you are a high school student living in Mendocino or Lake County, you may be able to take the Mendocino College Placement tests at your high school. Please see a guidance counselor at your high school to make an appointment.
For more information, call (707) 468-3046.
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