Yes! These tests determine many of the courses you will be able to take at OCC. Reviewing basic concepts in grammar, composition, reading, algebra and arithmetic prior to testing will help you score higher and meet your educational goals more quickly.
You can see all of our review options here including printable and online options.
Since ACCUPLACER is an online test, you must have basic computer skills in order to complete it (using a mouse, keyboard, scrolling through a webpage, etc). Take time to become comfortable with the internet, mouse and keyboard prior to testing.
If taking the entire exam (Reading, WritePlacer,Mathematics or LOEP) plan on approximately two hours to complete the exam. The essay portion is timed for a maximum of one hour; the other portions are not timed. If you only need to take only one portion of the test, plan on approximately 30-45 minutes.
You may only use the on-screen calculator for the math section. The on-screen calculator will only appear for some of the questions- not all of them. Handheld calculator use (including mobile phone calculators) is prohibited. Use of a calculator other than the on-screen calculator may result in your test being voided and require a re-test.
A photo ID is required. You must also have a student ID number. If you need a student ID number, you can go to Student Central prior to testing or create one online by going to www.sunyocc.edu. Click on “Take a Class”, click on “Register Now!”, click on “ Create a User ID.”
You can schedule an appointment through RegisterBlast or come in during posted hours.
You will most likely take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test which is designed for students who did not learn English as a first language. This test includes, reading, listening and math sections as well as a required essay. Use of translators (online or handheld) and dictionaries is not allowed.
Contact the Office of Accessibility Resources (email@example.com or 315-498-2245) at least 2 weeks prior to testing for instructions on submitting disability documentation. Please see the Accommodative Testing section of the Testing Services website for additional details.
You will receive your results immediately after testing.
Please discuss re-test eligibility with a test proctor after you have received your results.
The Reading Comprehension test has 20 questions about the ideas in a reading passage, applying the information, and drawing inferences from a passage. The test also has questions that deal with the relationship between two sentences. This test will determine whether you must take developmental reading courses (RDG-087, RDG-093) or whether your reading skills are at the college level.
The Math test includes 1 to 2 different sections. The arithmetic test will gauge your basic math skills (fractions, decimals, etc). The Elementary Algebra test focuses on basic algebra functions. The College Level Math test deals with more advanced algebraic functions. Each section is multiple choice and not timed. You will be allowed scrap paper and the on-screen calculator.
The WritePlacer test asks examinees to provide a writing sample in
response to a specific prompt. This assessment measures writing skill at
the level expected of an entering college student. While most essays are
scored electronically immediately upon submission, some responses may require additional evaluation by a human reader and are not available right away.
ACCUPLACER™ is an adaptive test. This means that the computer uses your answers to determine the difficulty of each next question. Using this technique, we can determine your skill level by asking relatively few questions. The test is not timed, so you can give each question as much thought as you wish. Once you have verified your answer, however, you cannot return to that question.
The Testing Services Office is pleased to offer test proctoring for students attending schools other than Onondaga. The most common proctored tests are Accuplacer placement tests, tests for online courses and certification exams. Please see the link to Proctored Exams under the Additional Tests Offered tab for more information.
Please see the Accommodative Testing section of the Testing Services website.
Placement testing in reading, English and math is free for current and prospective OCC students. There is a $55 fee for the Test of Essential Academic Skills for prospective OCC Nursing and Surgical Technology students. There is a proctoring fee of $26 for all exams taken by non-OCC students.
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