The Placement Tests
The placement tests are standardized tests used to determine the courses where you will be the most successful, and as such, they are not pass/fail tests. The tests include math, reading, and English.
The math test is comprised of multiple choice questions on an array of topics. If you have taken the SAT's, you will notice the format is similar. If it has been a while since you have taken a math course, you should review math before taking the test. The test begins with algebra questions, and depending on your skill level, you may be challenged by a basic or college-level math test. The test is computerized and untimed. While the testing program provides a calculator, when preferred, you may bring a calculator that meets ACT approval standards.
The reading section tests your knowledge of vocabulary and your comprehension. You are given a passage to read and then asked to answer multiple choice questions about the passage. This test is computerized and untimed.
The English section can be two parts. The first part is computerized and untimed. The test requires constructing sentences as well as answering grammar questions. If you cannot be placed based on this test, you must provide a writing sample, which is a timed test. You are given 45 minutes to write a multi-paragraph essay answering an opinion-based prompt. English professors evaluate the writing sample with a rubric that looks for a main idea, supporting arguments, organization, grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Be sure to review your completed essay and correct errors.