Most students who need assessment need the General Assessment Test. If you are unsure which test you need, please consult, "Who Needs Assessment Tests?"
. Riverside City College uses an assessment test called Accuplacer Online. This test is not timed, is delivered via computer, and must be taken in the Assessment Center. Though the test is not timed, most test sesisons do have a limit - usually 1 1/2 hours. Students who are not finished with the test at the end of the test session are given a pass to return another date and time. Upon return, the student resumes the test where it was left off.
Accuplacer Online has two main sectcions - one of English and one of Math. Some continuing students, students who have prior college experience, or recently graduate high school students who took the EAP test (during STAR testing) may only need to take one section of the test. If you don't know which you need, you can aska counselor during walk-in counseling or ask at the Assessment front desk during office hours.
ABOUT Taking the Test
Although Accuplacer Online is taken on a computer, the test itself isn't all that different than a test teken with paper and pencil. The test consists entirely of multiple choice questions - instead of filling in a bubble on a scantron sheet, you are clicking the bubble on the computer screen. In general, you will only use the mouse when taking the test.
The test is not timed, so it is crucial you do not rush. Take your time, relax and work at your own pace. You should not take the test if you are not feeling well, are tired, hungry, angry, stressed or in a hurry. If you begin to feel any of these things during the test, or if you need to leave for another reason, you can leave the test for the day.
Accuplacer online is an adaptive test - when you answer a question correctly, the following question will be more difficult. Or, if you answer a question incorrectly, the following question will be less difficult. Because of this, you cannot leave a question blank and come back to it at a later time. All questions must be answered in the order they appear. Carefully read the directions for each question. Make sure you understand what the question is asking before you choose an answer.
It is important to understand you will take this test once and then proceed through the curriculum. If it has been more than one year since your last math class, the RCC Math department recommends you review your math skills before taking this test.