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  • ACCUPLACER Testing Dates

    Luzerne County Community College offers Accuplacer testing only to prospective Luzerne County Community College students.

    The College Board developed the ACCUPLACER Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about your level of skill accomplishment in reading, English and mathematics. Your college may use the scores you receive and other information that you provide to help determine the English, mathematics, and reading courses most appropriate for you at this time.

    Score Reporting

    When you have completed the tests, you may see a report of your scores on the screen and you may receive a printed report of your scores. The type of reporting depends on how your college has set up the testing. When you have completed the testing follow the instructions of the Test Administrator. Your scores can only be obtained through your college. Your test administrator will tell you how and when you can obtain your score.

    Click on 'Your Score' above to find out more about how to interpret your scores.

    It is important that you answer each question to the best of your ability. Scores will be used in part to determine course placement. Failure to do your very best may result in course placements that are too low for your current skill level.

    Who Must Take the Test

    Placement testing is required for all students.

    How can I waive the Placement Test?

    • Submit official SAT scores with a minimum 500 in the verbal and a minimum 500 in the math sections.
    • Submit an official transcript to confirm that you have earned a degree (Associate's or higher) from an accredited institution.
    • Submit an official transcript to confirm that you are enrolled as degree candidates at another accredited college/university (visiting student at LCCC).
    • Submit official transcript from an accredited college/university to confirm that you have completed a college-level Mathematics and English course, and received a GPA of 2.0 or above upon the completion of 12 or more credits.
    • You have been readmitted to LCCC and have completed a college-level Mathematics and English course, and received a GPA of 2.0 or above upon the completion of 12 or more credits at LCCC.

    When and Where are the Tests Given

    Your college will let you know when and where the tests will be given.

    Fees for ACCUPLACER

    As of July 1st, 2013, the college has instituted a $25.00 fee for taking the ACCUPLACER test.

    The $25 Accuplacer testing charge will appear on your student account within 48 hours after you have been tested. You can pay this charge as well as any other charges such as tuition and fees by going to your WebAdvisor account at webadvisor.luzerne.edu and using a credit card. Payments in the form of money orders or checks can be sent through the mail. Payments may also be made in person. If you have any difficulties accessing your WebAdvisor account, please contact the IT help desk at helpdesk@luzerne.edu or at 800-377-5222 x7711.

    Business Office mailing address for payments:
    Luzerne County Community College
    Att. Business Office (bldg. 5)
    1333 South Prospect St.
    Nanticoke, PA 18634

    Special Arrangements for Students with Disabilities

    If you have a disability or temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, inform the Test Administrator before taking the test. These requests should be made directly to the Test Administrator at your college. No additional charge should be made for these special arrangements.

    What to Take With You To The Tests

    On the day of the test, you should be sure to take your student ID number (usually your social security number) and any other special materials or information your college may ask you to bring to the test.

    When you arrive to take the assessment, the Test Administrator will ask you to provide photo identification. You will then be seated to take the assessment on a computer.

    Testing Regulations

    Before taking the tests you will be asked to confirm that you have read the testing regulations and that you agree to comply with them. A copy of the regulations is included with this Student Guide.

    Confidentiality

    Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will only be provided to The College Board, to the college at which you are taking the tests or at which you are enrolled, and to the state to meet state information requirements. The information may be used for counseling, advisement and placement purposes and may be used to document whether or not you have met state testing requirements. It may also be used by The College Board for research and training purposes. Your test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose without your permission. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please see your Test Administrator.

    Tutorial

    If you are not comfortable using a computer keyboard or mouse, you may want to take the tutorial available on the Internet at http://www.collegeboard.org. Ask a friend or advisor to help you. If you do not have access to a computer, find out if there is a computer available on campus with Internet connections available for your use.

    Computer Delivered Testing

    You will take the tests using a computer. You will use either the keyboard or the mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. A Test Administrator will always be present should you have any questions or problems. The Test Administrator has the ability to resolve any difficulties that may occur.

    Answering the Questions

    Because you take the ACCUPLACER tests on a computer, you do not have to answer as many questions as on traditional paper-and-pencil tests. The number of questions on the eight tests range from 12-25. The questions appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice, and all you will need to do is use the Enter key or mouse to select an answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.

    Adaptive Testing

    Each test is adaptive. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult.

    Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you can not return to that question.

    View the ACCUPLACER website

     

  • Providing your background information

    You will be asked to enter some background information such as Social Security number, name and address. You will also be asked to confirm that you agree to follow the testing rules and conditions for the ACCUPLACER program.

    Taking the Assessment

    When you have agreed to the rules and conditions for the ACCUPLACER program by clicking on the "yes" button, you will be sent to the first page of the first test you are taking. This page provides the instructions for taking the test and a sample question. After you have read the directions and reviewed the sample questions, select the "Continue" button and take the actual test.

    Test Format

    ACCUPLACER OnLine presents one question at a time. Each page presents the question and several possible answer choices. The page may also include additional information that is needed to answer the question such as a reading passage, picture or table of information.

    Choosing an Answer

    To select an answer, use the mouse to move the arrow pointer to the circle button next to the answer you wish to choose and click on the button. The circle will then will be filled indicating that this is the answer you have chosen. Click on the next button to move on. A box will come up on the screen asking you to confirm your answer or giving you the opportunity to cancel and go back and choose a different answer. If you wish to confirm, simply click on OK, if you want to cancel and go back and choose a different answer click on cancel and select a new answer.

    You can also use the keyboard to select an answer. Using the Tab button, highlight the answer you wish to select and press the Enter key. A box will come up on the screen asking you to confirm your answer or giving you the opportunity to cancel and go back to choose a different answer. If you wish to confirm, simply press enter, if you want to cancel and go back and choose another answer press the tab button once then press Enter.

    Guessing

    ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you can not leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. Once you go on to the next question, you can not return to the question.

    If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more or the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.

    At the end of the test

    At the end of the test, you will either see a page indicating that you have completed all the testing or one indicating the test that you have just completed followed by the next test you will take.


    DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TESTS

    Sentence Skills Test

    This test measures your understanding of sentence structure --- how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear.

    Before you begin there will be two sample questions with the correct answers indicated. In some questions you will be asked to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.

    Sample Question
    Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.
    planning
    are planning
    with a plan
    *plans

    The correct answer is plans. The sentence should be "Ms. Rose plans to teach a course in biology next summer."

     In other questions you will be asked to rewrite a sentence in your head. You will be told how to begin your new sentence. Your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given you.

    Sample Question
    Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.

      Rewrite, beginning with "She was often interviewed . . .

    on account of she was a female jockey.
    by her being a female jockey.
    *because she was a female jockey.
    being as she was a female jockey.

    The correct answer is because she was. The sentence should be "She was often interviewed because she was a female jockey."

     

    Reading Comprehension Test

    This test measures your ability to understand what you read.

    Before you begin there will be two sample questions with the correct answers indicated.

    Some questions will ask you to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.

    Sample Question
    There are two types of pottery that I do. There is production pottery---mugs, tableware--- the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do the other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist.

      The author of the passage implies that . . .

    artists have a tendency to waste valuable time
    *creativity and mass-production are incompatible
    most people do not appreciate good art
    pottery is not produced by creative artists

    The correct answer is creativity and mass-production are incompatible.

    The author of the passage implies that creativity and mass-production are incompatible.

    In other questions, two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement. Read the sentences, then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.

    Sample Question
    The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years.

      Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.

    What does the second sentence do?

    It restates the idea found in the first.
    *It states an effect.
    It gives an example.
    It analyzes the statement made in the first.
    The correct answer is It states an effect.

     

    Arithmetic Test

    This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.

    Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.

    Sample Question
    Solve the following problem.

     You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.

    10 + 3 =
    7
    *13
    30
    40
    The correct answer is 13.

     

    Elementary Algebra Test

    This test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts.

    Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.

    Sample Question
    Solve the following problem.

     You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.

    2x + 3x + y =
    6xy
    *5x + y
    5(x + y)
    6x + y
    The correct answer is 5x + y.

     

    College-Level Mathematics Test

    This test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts.

    All figures in this test are drawn as accurately as possible, given the limits of the equipment being used.

    Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.

    Sample Question
    Solve the following problem.
    You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.

    If the 1st and 3rd terms of a geometric sequence are 3 and 27,
    respectively, then the 2nd term could be

    6
    *9
    12
    15
    18
    The correct answer is 9.

     

    Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Language Use

    This test measures your skill in using correct grammar in English sentences.

    There will be two different kinds of questions in this test. You will see a sample of each kind with the correct answer indicated.

    Sample Question
    The sentence below has a blank space. There are four words or phrases under the sentence. Choose the word or phrase that makes a grammatically correct sentence.

    They __________ the newspaper every day.
    reads
    is reading
    *read
    does read
    The correct answer is read. They read the newspaper every day.
    Sample Question
    Two sentences will be followed by four possible answers. Choose the answer that best combines the two sentences. The answer must be a grammatically correct sentence. It must also express the same thought as the first two sentences.
    I sang in the choir. I enjoyed it.
    In the choir singing, I enjoyed.
    In the choir to sing, I enjoyed.
    I enjoyed to sing in the choir.
    *I enjoyed singing in the choir.
    The correct answer is I enjoyed singing in the choir.

     

    Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Reading Skills

    This test measures your skill in reading English.

    Read each passage, then answer the question. Pick the best answer from the choices below the question.

    Sample Question
    Read the passage, then choose the best answer to the question.
    My cousin lived in the city from 1984 to 1989.

     When did my cousin live in the city?

    After 1989
    Before 1984
    *Between 1984 and 1989
    Neither in 1984 nor in 1989
    The correct answer is Between 1984 and 1989. My cousin lived in the city between 1984 and 1989.

     

    Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Sentence Meaning

    This test measures how well you understand the meaning of sentences in English.

    There will be two different kinds of questions in this test. You will see a sample of each kind with the correct answer indicated.

     

    Sample Question
    The sentence below has a blank space. Choose the word or phrase that
    makes the sentence meaningful and correct.

    Mr. Swoboda grows roses, tomatoes, and carrots.
    That is why his friends say that he is a good __________.
    *gardener
    builder
    painter
    florist

    The correct answer is gardener. Mr. Swoboda is a good gardener.

    Sample Question
    One or two sentences will be followed by a question.
    Choose the correct answer to the question.

    The teacher called on Joe in class.
    What did the teacher do?
    Shouted to Joe
    *Asked Joe a question
    Telephoned Joe
    Visited Joe

    The correct answer is Asked Joe a question. The teacher asked Joe a question.

     

     

  • This online course contains a complete study guide and practice tests for Accuplacer: Sentence Skills, Reading, and Mathematics.

    In order to access this online service, you must have an LCCC Student Email account. If you do not have an account and you applied to LCCC more than 2 business days ago, click HERE to create an account. If you need help with creating your account, please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk@luzerne.edu or (800) 377-5222 x7711.

    ACCUPLACER Online Course and Practice Test

  • Some colleges provide students with a copy their Individual Score Report. If so, you will see several pieces of information for each test you completed.

    • Total Right Score- The total right score shows how many of the questions you could expect to answer correctly if you took a test made up of 120 questions. Any test score is an estimate.
    • SEM- The range tells you how accurate your score is. If you took the test a second time you could expect your new score to fall somewhere within the range shown.
    • Percentile Rank- The percentile rank compares your score with the scores of typical students entering college who completed tests composed of similar questions. For example, a percentile rank of 70 means that your score is higher than those of 70 percent of the students who completed the test.

    Your report may also contain a list of the courses in which you may be placed. Your college will provide specific instructions about these course placements.

    Questions About the Test Items

    If you have questions about a test question, you may write to:

    The College Board
    ACCUPLACER Test Development
    45 Columbus Ave.
    New York, NY 10023

    You will receive a written response to any question you submit.

    Questions About Your Test Scores

    If you have questions about when you will receive your score or how to obtain them, or if you have questions about your score after receiving the results, please notify your Test Administrator.

    Additional Information

    If you would like additional information about ACCUPLACER or if you have any questions about the test or its administration, please notify your Test Administrator.

    Testing Rules and Conditions

    1. I understand that I must comply with these testing rules and conditions and if I fail to do so, my test results may be canceled, no monies will be refunded and legal action or other remedies may be pursued.
    2. I understand that ACCUPLACER is administered to obtain information to assist in placing me in the appropriate course, determining the need for developmental coursework or meeting college or other governing body mandates. I further understand that ACCUPLACER may only be taken for these reasons and may not be taken for any other reason.
    3. I understand that I must have proper identification to be permitted to take ACCUPLACER. Proper identification includes two pieces of positive identification one of which includes a picture.
    4. I understand that my responses may be used for purposes of training and instruction. Further, I understand that if my response is used for these purposes individual identifying information will be removed
    5. I understand that the test administrators are responsible for maintaining a secure test administration and that I authorize the administrators to act as my agents in maintaining test security and will cooperate with them. I further agree to follow all reasonable oral or written instructions presented at the test administration. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.
    6. I agree not to communicate with other examinees or other individuals other than the test administrators during the test administration. I further agree not to disrupt or in any way behave in any way that would adversely affect my performance or the performance of other examinees. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.
    7. I understand that all test questions and other test materials are the property of The College Board and/or its contractors and have been developed at great cost. I further understand that the materials must be kept confidential and secure from disclosure. These materials are not available to me outside of the test administration, either before or after the test administration. I understand that I can not and will not take any assessment materials including notes from the test administration room. Any other duplication of test materials, in whole or in part is prohibited. I promise and agree not to disclose any of the contents of the assessment and will not duplicate or reproduce information contained in those booklets in whole or in part. I understand that if I should fail to comply with this requirement, I may be liable for the costs associated with a failure to comply and may be subject to other legal remedies including injunctive relief for any such action on my part.
    8. I understand that my scores will be made available to institutions of higher education, and appropriate state agencies. If I wish to cancel my scores I must do so before leaving the test center by notifying the test administrators in writing of my desire to do so. If The College Board has any doubt about the legitimacy or validity of my score, they may cancel my test score if in their sole opinion there is adequate reason to question the validity or legitimacy of the score.
    9. I understand and agree that liability for test administration activities, including but no limited to the accuracy of the assessment materials, assessment scores, administration conditions including computer equipment, will be limited to a retake of the assessment or correction of the scores at no additional charge. I waive all rights to all further claims arising out of any acts or omissions of The College Board or its contractors.
    10. I understand that the assessment itself and the assessment program are subject to change at the sole discretion of the College Board and its contractors.

    If I object to any of these rules or conditions, I understand that I will advise the test administrators before the test administration and the objection will be considered prior to allowing me to take the assessment. If my objection is not honored, I will not be permitted to take the assessment.

    I understand that should any of these rules or conditions or other aspect of the assessment process be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or illegal, the remaining rules, conditions and assessment components will not be affected and will remain in effect.