What is assessment?
Assessment is a placement tool that
measures a student’s basic skill level in reading, writing and
mathematics. By determining a student’s skill level, the assessment
helps to place the student at a level where s/he has the best opportunity for
success. Mt. San Jacinto Community College District uses the Accuplacer
adaptive computerized placement program.
study for the assessment test?
YES! YES! We strongly encourage everyone to study for the
assessment test. This is a one-time only test, which will determine
your course placement at MSJC. The better you do on the assessment
test, then the less time and money you spend in extra classes pursuing your
goals. Also, registration dates are connected to placement
results. The better your assessment placement, the better your
Where can I
get help studying for the test?
have compiled a list of study guides and practice tests to help you do
your very best on the assessment test. Please visit our Study Guides section for helpful links that will
get you started.
What do I need to bring
to the assessment test?
A photo ID (driver's license, high school
or college ID, state or federal approved ID, passport etc.). Note: You will
not be admitted without a photo ID. Dictionaries, calculators, textbooks,
notes, and other such study aids are not permitted.
What if I lost or do not have my photo ID?
If you lost or do not have a valid photo ID, then you can
use College Board's Student ID Form. Just print out the form and follow the attached directions to have it
Is an appointment
No. All assessments are done on a
walk-in, first-come, first-served basis during regular office hours.
The Assessment Center provides this
convenient system to meet the needs of our students' busy schedules. (Please
Note: The test requires a minimum of 2 hours to complete, so it is best to
arrive 2 hours before lunch or 2 hours before the assessment center closes for the day).
How are assessment
The assessment results are used to
determine your placement into MSJC's English and Math
courses. These placements provide the student with the best opportunity
for success according to their assessed skill levels. Assessment
results are used for initial placement into MSJC courses only.
Once you have taken a college English and/or Math course, the assessment
cannot be re-taken. The coursework and curriculum will guide your skills for
further advancement into higher courses.
What does the
ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This
means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to
previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your
ability level. In other words, the computerized assessment
"zeroes-in" to determine both the level of difficulty and the
number of questions offered based on your previous responses. The assessment
measures your basic academic proficiencies in the following areas:
- Reading: measures your ability to locate specific
information in text and to make logical inferences within the context
of the information given.
- Writing: measures your understanding of appropriate
usage in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, organization, and
- Math: measures your knowledge and skills in
arithmetic, algebraic concepts, and trigonometric functions and
identities. The assessment begins with basic math operations,
progressing into higher levels of math concepts as questions are
How quickly will I
receive my assessment test scores?
Results will be available within a
few minutes of completing the assessment. Meet with a counselor for more
information about how your placements fit into your academic, program and
Once I have completed assessment, what is the next
Once you have your assessment scores, you will want to
make sure that you have completed MSJC’s Online Orientation available through
your Eagle Advisor account. You will also want to see a counselor (available
by appointment or select walk-in hours) to complete an educational
plan. It is important to complete all of these steps to ensure that you
are ready for registration, and you get the best registration date possible.
Do my assessment scores expire?
If you took the assessment test at MSJC, in most cases
your assessment scores are still valid regardless of when you took
them. However, you will want to make an appointment with an MSJC
counselor (available by appointment and select walk-in hours) to create an
educational plan with your current course placements and ensure you are fully
prepared for registration. If you are transferring to another college
from MSJC, then your assessment scores can expire. You will want to
check with their Assessment Center to see if they will accept a
transfer of your MSJC assessment scores.
How long does the
The assessment is not timed, allowing
you to proceed at your own pace. For planning purposes, you should allow
yourself about two hours to complete the full assessment (English and Math).
Can I bring a
Calculators are not permitted.
Scratch paper will be provided.
How often can I take
the assessment test?
However under certain circumstances (e.g. students with placement tests
three years or older; recent high school graduates who have not completed
college coursework in Math or English), a student may be eligible to
retake the placement test prior to course registration. Students that have
taken the placement test and have extenuating circumstances should consult a
counselor prior to requesting a retest.
I took the AP test, do I
need to take the assessment?
Completion of the Advanced Placement (AP) test in either
Literature & Composition or Language & Composition with a “3” or
higher waives you from the English portion of the MSJC assessment test.
If you took either the AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC tests and scored a “3”
or higher, then you will not need to complete the Math portion of the MSJC
assessment test. Bring your score report to an MSJC counselor
(appointment and walk-in hours are available) to complete the Prerequisite
Evaluation Form, which you will turn into Enrollment Services.
I took the EAP test, do I
need to take the assessment?
If you took the Early Assessment Program (EAP) test and
scored College Ready, or scored College Ready Conditional and earned a “C” or
better in the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), then you do not
need to take the English portion of the assessment. You will need to
visit an MSJC counselor (appointments and walk-in hours are available) to
complete the Prerequisite Evaluation Form, which you will turn into
What if I completed English and/or Math at another accredited
If you passed English and/or Math
at an accredited college with a “C” or better, then you will not need to take
the assessment test at MSJC. You will need to see an MSJC counselor
(appointments and walk-in hours are available) who will help you complete the
Prerequisite Evaluation Form, which you will then turn into Enrollment
Services. If you are planning on pursuing a degree at MSJC, then you can
also complete a Transcript Evaluation form to be submitted to Enrollment
What if I've taken a
placement test at another community college?
Students that have taken placement
tests approved by the California Community Colleges System Office* at another college may bring
documentation to the Counseling Department for placement into MSJC courses.
The documentation must identify the college, date of assessment, placement
test name, courses in which you were placed (for example, English 200), and
your placement scores.
Do I need to take both the
Math and English portions?
If you are in high school or a recent high school
graduate, then you will need to take both the Math and English portions of
the test. If it has been over a year since your graduation, then you
are only required to take one portion of the assessment test. However,
there are several important consequences to keep in mind. The Math
assessment is needed for enrollment in Math courses or courses with a Math
prerequisite, and the English assessment is required for English courses or
courses with an English prerequisite. Also, you will get a better
registration date if you have completed both sections of the assessment.
Can I take the Math portion
on one day and the English on another?
Sure! It is highly encouraged that you study for
your assessment test, and focusing on one portion at a time can be an
effective strategy. You can definitely split your tests between two
different days, but make sure you allow yourself enough time to complete both
portions before registration. Completion of both tests ensures a better
What if English is not
my first language?
MSJC offers English as a Second
Language (ESL) courses. To determine your placement into ESL
courses, MSJC administers the Combined English Language Skills
Assessment (CELSA) for
placing non-native English speakers into English and Reading courses. The CELSA test does NOT require an appointment. Students can take the test during normal Assessment Center Hours and should allow for at least an hour to check-in and take this paper and pencil test.
Can my assessment
scores be used at another college?
If the college will accept scores from MSJC, then complete
the Assessment Score Request Form and return it to an MSJC Assessment
Center to have your scores sent to that college. Please allow a minimum of 10
business days for processing.
How do I get testing
accommodations for my disability?
If you have a documented disability and need testing accommodations,
please fill out If you have a documented disability and need testing accommodations,
please fill out the DSPS Approval for Assessment Form and contact your institution’s Disabled
Students Programs and Services (DSPS) center for information and details
about making any needed arrangements. Please visit MSJC's DSPS for more information about available services at MSJC.
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