ASSESSMENT AND TESTING
Assessment / Testing Center
Regular Testing Sign-In Hours:
Regular Office Hours:
The Testing Center will be closed on the following dates:
Testing is on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis -- no appointment is necessary. Assessment testing is free.
IN ORDER TO TEST
In order to test, you must have an El Camino College ID Number and a picture ID (such as a driver's license). The ID should be either government-issued or from a school, and be an original, not a copy. Your first and last names must be clearly legible and the photograph must be recognizable. You should also bring a pen to the testing session.
It is not possible to apply on-line and take the tests on the same day, as it takes at least 1-2 days in a slow period or up to 3-4 days in a busy period for the system to process your application and create an ID number for you.
Tests are not timed, but their length is approximately one hour each. Although the tests are taken on a computer, no special knowledge of computers is necessary. Results are available immediately.
All testing that requires accommodations is done on an individual basis through the Special Resource Center. All testing appointments must be arranged in advance with the SRC. If you will be needing accommodations for your placement or other tests to be taken on campus, please contact the Special Resource Center as soon as possible. SRC Testing Services may be reached at 310-660-3593, ext. 3293 or at SRCTA@ELCAMINO.EDU.
ACT & SAT TEST SCORES
Neither ACT nor SAT scores are required for admission to El Camino College. In addition, although they may be used as part of multiple measures, as described below, individual scores may not be used at El Camino for course placement into either English or Math courses.
CELLPHONES & ELECTRONIC MEDIA
The use of cellphones and other electronic media, including music-players, is not permitted in any of the testing rooms. All cellphones and electronic media must be turned off while testing. Students violating this rule may be asked to leave and their tests cancelled.
DEADLINE FOR TESTING
Check the testing prerequisites of classes you plan to take early enough, so that you will be able to complete any tests required before you register. Prerequisites are indicated in the course listings of both the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes. All testing data is generally uploaded to the registration system by 11pm of the day that you test. If you do not have your testing completed, you will not be able to enroll into the particular classes that require them. Placement testing for English, Math, and ESL (Part 1) is computerized and available on a drop-in basis in the Testing Center, SSVC 217, according to the above posted hours. Other tests, such as the Chemistry Placement and DRP (Degrees of Reading Power), are given on an appointment-basis only. Appointments for these tests must be made in person at the Testing Center.
EAP (EARLY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM) TEST RESULTS
The EAP is a test designed by the State Colleges and administered to high school students to determine if they are "College Ready" in the subjects of English and Math. If, on their STAR Student Report, it indicates they are "College Ready" in both subject areas, it will not be necessary for them to take either the English or Math placement tests. If, however, one or both of the results for English or Math say "Conditional", then they will need to do the placement test(s) for the area(s) that say "Conditional".
The test results are good for placement up to one calendar year following graduation.
"College Ready" for English equals placement into English 1A.
"College Ready" for Math equals placement into Math 110, 111, 115, 120, 130, 140, 150, and 170.
In order for a student to use the EAP results, they must take their STAR Student Report with the EAP results to an ECC Counselor to have waiver(s) put into the system for the appropriate placements.
Placement test scores are part of the multiple measures used in your overall assessment. Examples of multiple measures are academic skills, discipline-specific tests, courses completed, grades, use of skills at work, and work-related training. Therefore, if you firmly believe that your placement test scores do not accurately reflect your true English and Math abilities, you should speak with a counselor and have him/her evaluate your other available documented multiple measures. Remember to take your testing results with you when you go for your academic advisement or educational planning session with a counselor.
The Testing Office is no longer able to provide proctoring services for students taking on-line courses through other institutions. However, this service is now available through the ECC Community Education Office. Please contact them by phone (310-660-6460) or by e-mail (CommEd@elcamino.edu) for further information.
All students are encouraged to pre-review before taking the placement tests. It makes good sense to pre-review. It will help you to place higher, which means you will save time (fewer classes to take) and money (fewer classes to pay for) and you will accomplish your educational goals that much faster. Review is particularly important for math – if you know you've forgotten your basic math or basic algebra, take some time to review the basics, and you'll be surprised what comes back to you. Reviewing for placement testing will help you get into classes that will be much more interesting and challenging for you.
The following websites are recommended for preparation:
WEBSITES FOR MATH REVIEW:
MY MATH TEST - FREE
Testing and remedial program for practicing and refreshing math skills. For instructions how to access this free service, go to the above website. My Math Test is highly recommended by the Math Division. Please note--there is no charge if you use the aforementioned web address. If you go directly to MyMathTest.com, there is a fee.
KHAN ACADEMY - FREE
Review for Math; divided into separate math subjects (e.g. Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra,and Trigonometry).
WEBSITES/APPS FOR BOTH ENGLISH AND MATH REVIEW:
ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App - $2.99
The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App features practice tests in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. However, it does not include an ESL practice test. For computer, tablet, or smartphone go to https://store.collegeboard.org. Under Student Bestsellers, scroll down to ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App. Click on link for further details. This is receiving very favorable reviews.
ACCUPLACER App - $2.99
Released on 02/03/12. This is the Official ACCUPLACER Study App, which includes interactive practice tests for ACCUPLACER English and Math Tests. Does not include an ESL practice test. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad requires iOS 4.2 or later.
COLLEGE BOARD - FREE
This link takes students to a complete ACCUPLACER English and Math Placement Test with accompanying answers. Includes ESL Reading Skills Test and College-Level Math Test.
GOLDENROD TEST SAMPLE
This is a paper hand-out, available from the Assessment/Testing Center and the Information Desk in the Student Services Center Lobby. It is a completely different test sample than the one on the College Board website above. Does not include ESL Reading Skills or College-Level Math.
- "Students will become more aware of test preparation resources through their participation in the placement testing process."
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- "Upon evaluation of recent testing data, it will be found that students who re-test score higher and place into higher-level courses, due to the encouragement by the Testing Staff (and others) to pre-review beforehand."
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Advanced Placement Tests
Assessments and Tests Available
English and Math Flow/Course Charts
Links To Register For National and State Examinations (please click here to register for an ACT or SAT Test)
Testing Center Regulations