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Placement Testing

ACCUPLACER/WritePlacer Placement Tests

The placement tests are computerized tests for English, Math, and Reading. The Reading and Math tests are multiple choice and range from 16 - 24 questions per test. The English (WritePlacer) test requires you to write an essay.

You cannot "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

Students may take the placement tests up to 3 times in 2 years.  After the first attempt, they can test again no sooner than the next day.  For a third attempt, they must wait a minimum of 90 days from the first attempt.

Placement testing is required for

  • All students new to college
  • Students pursuing a degree
  • Students pursuing a program at the SouthWest Skill Center
  • Students taking their first college level English, Reading or Math class
  • Students taking a class that requires English, Reading or Math as a prerequisite.

All placement test scores for Accuplacer/WritePlacer are valid for 2 years from the date of testing.  The only exeption is if a student scores "Reading Exempt" on the reading test.  A reading exemption score never expires.

If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the Disabilities Resources and Services Office at 623-935-8863 or by email at drs@estrellamountain.edu

Placement Testing is free - please see the Testing Schedule for days and times of availability

On the English essay test (WritePlacer), the following 6 characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Purpose and Focus – The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
  • Organization and Structure – The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
  • Development and Support – The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
  • Sentence Variety and Style – The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice and structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions – The extent to which you express ideas using Standard Written English.
  • Critical Thinking – The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.