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How hard are cc's placement tests?

soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
edited July 2010 in High School Life
I'm taking the placement test at my local cc for this summer course. In general, how are the tests like for those high-schoolers who have taken them?
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  • Action52Action52 220 replies22 threads Junior Member
    If you passed the high school exit exam without even trying, the placement tests should be a piece of cake.
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  • abdc11abdc11 126 replies19 threads Junior Member
    It's ridiculously easy...
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  • 082349082349 2143 replies85 threads Senior Member
    For a moment I thought you were referring to this website.
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  • lucky2010lucky2010 1435 replies30 threads Senior Member
    you mean accuplacers? not much
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    If you have taken the SATs, check to make sure your scores don't qualify you for the class you want to take.

    If you are concerned about the test, ask at your CC what is covered. This is particularly important on the math so you can do a little review if needed. I teach the classes on the reading/writing side for students who do not score high enough. Many of my students did not take the test seriously. Here is my advice:
    1. Take the tests seriously (your asking for information here puts you in that category).
    2. Allow yourself plenty of time (if there is not a time limit).
    3. If you do not pass the first time, but are close, ask whether you are allowed to re-test. Our college lets you test twice.
    4. Ask whether the test lets you go back to answers to check them. If it is a computer test, it probably doesn't.
    5. Ask the test center if they have anything you can look at to see the format of the test before you go in.

    Good luck.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Well, I'll be an upcoming junior this fall so I haven't learned much math. I really hope I pass the standards so I could be admitted to the summer course I want.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    It's a computer test and I don't think there is a time limit. I'm not so much worried about the other sections besides math because I'm only planning to attend a math summer course. Although, it would be nice if I did well overall.
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    The computer test at our college is VERY EASY for our entering high school students. I would say they all pass it. It's the older returning students who botch that test. You can always call the test center and ask questions.

    I may be being dumb. Are you saying computer administered test rather than a paper test? The placement tests that you take on the computer for math immediately determine whether you got the right answer and take you to the next question based on whether you were right or wrong. At our college, you would not have to take the reading and writing if you are only interested in a math course. Ask the question; it will save you time.

    We have a computer placement test that is basically word processing.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Umm, kind of too late lol. The test is tmrw morning and I have to score high enough so I could be in math 118. Wish me luck guys since no calculators are allowed whatsoever!
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    Good luck. Multiple choice is your friend.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    I have asked my cc and they said I do have to take the writing and reading section even though I am only interested in taking a math course. It did not make sense to me either why I had to take if it was not necessary. The lady said that it would be good to just take it in case I changed my mind and wanted to take other classes. I think I have the option of taking a paper or computer test but Im not so sure. Which one would be best?
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    With a paper test you can look over your answers. On some of the computer tests, you answer the question and then it is gone; you can't go back. If you take the computer test, ask whether you can take in scratch paper and a pencil.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Kk. thanks so much!
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    Of course, you know that I can't do this all the time or I will be out of a job!
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  • nwgolfer321nwgolfer321 856 replies45 threads Member
    I took it at my local cc and it is at first computer for sure. They give you a crappy calculator to use, but its cake. They are so used to seeing bum ass people in there, they love seeing smart high schoolers.

    The test is easy and you'll do fine. Hell I was only half way through percalc and I tested into analytical geometry.

    The dumb part about placement tests is that they usually let you take whatever class you want anyways
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    So I took the placement test yesterday, and ironically I think I did better on the reading/writing section rather than the math! -___-. The math section only had 12 questions and I was done. Is that normal? I get my scores back next tuesday and the program starts July 12th. I really hope I get in
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    Can't believe they make you wait that long. Hope you get what you want.
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Is the math section usually comprised of 12 questions though? Someone said that you'll keep getting questions if you answer the questions right. Does that mean I only answered 11 questions correct?
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    I really don't know. Maybe you got them all right. I don't think it is usually very many questions, though. Did it seem like the questions got progressively harder?
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  • soulverity7soulverity7 60 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Um, somewhat. I'm just really nervous, I was the one who asked my guidance counselor & math teacher for this opportunity and it'd look really dumb if I didn't get in. -_-
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