Required Placement Testing
Purpose: To evaluate the student’s present strengths and needs for advisement and successful placement in English and Mathematics courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to take a placement test?
A: A placement test allows an advisor to determine your strengths and/or weaknesses in regard to math and English. The purpose is then to place you appropriately into courses that will give you the greatest chance of success.
Q: What placement tests do you accept?
A: Although the college recently switched to Accuplacer as the primary means of placement into classes, we will accept Compass and Asset scores for the next three years. The college also accepts ACT and SAT, but depending on your score, it may be necessary for you to also take Accuplacer.
Q: What does the test consist of and is there a time limit?
A: Reading comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math. The test is untimed.
Q: Can I receive accommodations for the test?
A: Accommodations are provided to those who qualify. For more information, contact Nikki Brooks in the Student Success Center. (618-985-3741, ext. 8516)
Q: Is there a way to study for the test?
A: Yes. College Board, who publishes the exam, has sample questions and a study app available on their website. https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer
Q: How do I register to take the test?
A: Call or stop by the Testing Services office in room C205, 618-985-3741, ext. 8520. Testing is done at specific times so an appointment is needed. Regular testing times are indicated on the schedule at the link below. Other times are arranged upon request. http://www.jalc.edu/testing-services/placement-test-schedule/testing-schedule
Q: What do I need to bring with me when I test?
A: A photo ID and your JALC student ID number.
Q: How do I obtain my results?
A: Upon completion of the test, your results are printed out immediately.
Q: What do my scores mean?
A: Testing Services staff will be available to explain your results to you but we also have guides that can help you out.
- Click here for the pdf of JALC’s Placement guidelines
- SAT/ACT Placement Guide
- Click here for “Interpreting your Placement Results”
Q: Can I retest if I’m not happy with my results?
A: Yes. You can retest two times in an academic year, as long as you haven’t attempted the course sequence in math and/or English.