Placement Testing

The College Placement test (Accuplacer) is designed to measure skills in reading, writing, and math. The results of the test will help you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills.

All students should review the description of the test. This link gives some information about the format and features of the test. There is also information about exemptions and accommodations for students with disabilities.

 

Test Description

The ACCUPLACER is an internet based, computer adaptive test, and consists of a timed 50 minute essay and four un-timed multiple-choice sections: Reading, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and an optional CollegeLevel Math section. Only those students who receive a high score on the Elementary Algebra section will be prompted to take the College-Level Math section. The multiple choice tests are adaptive, which means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on responses to prior questions. Because the test is set up this way, every question must be answered in order, and changes to an answer must be done before moving to the next question. Questions cannot be left out or returned to later for the purposes of changing an answer. Since the multiple choice tests are un-timed, each question can be given as much thought as necessary before selecting an answer.

Test Format ACCUPLACER online presents one question at a time. Each page presents the question and several possible answer choices. The page may include additional information that is needed to answer the questions, such as a reading passage, a picture or a table of information. Either the mouse or the keyboard may be used to select an answer. Once an answer has been chosen and the “NEXT” button has been selected, a box will come up on the screen asking for confirmation of the selected answer. This provides the opportunity to cancel and go back and choose a different answer. To confirm, simply select the “OK” button. To cancel and go back to choose another answer, select the “CANCEL” button.

Guessing
If the answer is not immediately apparent or unknown, try to eliminate one or more of the choices and answer what appears to be the best choice.

Calculators and Dictionaries
There is an internal pop-up calculator that can be used on some questions, but not all. No personal or other online calculators can be used. No personal or online dictionaries are permitted.

Accessibility Wizard
This feature can be used to help students with visual disabilities by increasing the font, and changing the background and cursor color and line spacing. Students can use this by clicking on the icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Before the Test
In order to concentrate better, it’s a good idea to get plenty of rest and eat before taking the test. Take the sample test before testing, and please bring a current photo ID to the Testing Center.

CCC Placement Test: Essay, Reading, Mathematics
The Essay - The essay is timed at 50 minutes. It evaluates students’ response to one of several topics that are randomly selected by the Accuplacer program. Essays are typed on the computer. The essay will be assessed on six dimensions: Purpose, focus, organization, structure, development, support, sentence variety and style, mechanical conventions and critical thinking.

Reading Comprehension - The test is designed to measure the students’ ability to understand what he or she has read. The test includes sentence relationships and reading comprehension. The test covers: identifying main ideas, secondary or supporting ideas, inferences and applications. Some questions are the sentence-relationship type, in which the correct answer describes how two sentences are related. Other reading comprehension questions use short and long reading passages.

Arithmetic Skills - This test measures students’ ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. It includes operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. Questions include rate, percent, measurement and geometry problems as well as problems requiring the distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Elementary Algebra - The test includes operations with integers, rational numbers and algebraic expressions. Questions include problems in solving systems of linear equations, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, translating written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.

College Level Mathematics - This test assesses proficiency from intermediate algebra through precalculus. Six categories are covered: Algebraic operations; solutions of equations and inequalities; coordinating geometry; applications; functions; and trigonometry.

Sentence Skills (Currently not used for placement) This test measures understanding of sentence structure. Sentence-correction questions require the selection of a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction-shift questions ask that a sentence be written in a specific way without changing the meaning

ESL Test Description

ESL ACCUPLACER is an internet based, computer adaptive test, and consists of a timed 60 minute essay and un-timed multiple-choice sections of 20 questions for Reading and Listening. On the day that you take the ESL Accuplacer, you might also take the math portion of the test as well. There are two math tests, the first is Elementary Algebra and the second will be based upon how you do on the Elementary Algebra test, either Arithmetic or College Level Math. These are also in multiple choice format. The multiple choice tests are adaptive, which means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on responses to prior questions. Because the test is set up this way, every question must be answered in order, and changes to an answer must be done before moving to the next question. Questions cannot be left out or returned to later for the purposes of changing an answer. Since the multiple choice tests are un-timed, each question can be given as much thought as necessary before selecting an answer.

Test Format

ACCUPLACER presents one question at a time. Each page presents the question and several possible answer choices. The page may include additional information that is needed to answer the questions, such as a reading passage, a picture or a table of information.

Guessing

If the answer is not immediately apparent or unknown, try to eliminate one or more of the choices and answer what appears to be the best choice. Calculators and Dictionaries No personal or online dictionaries are permitted. When you do the math section, there is an internal pop-up calculator that can be used on some questions, but not all. No personal or other online calculators can be used.

Accessibility Wizard

This feature can be used to help students with visual disabilities by increasing the font, and changing the background and cursor color and line spacing. Students can use this by clicking on the icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Before the Test

In order to concentrate better, it’s a good idea to get plenty of rest and eat before taking the test. Take the sample test before testing, and please bring a current photo ID to the Testing Center.

ESL Reading Skills - The ESL Reading Skills test measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages. Specifically, it assesses your comprehension of short passages. It contains brief passages of 50 words or less and moderate length passages of 50 to 90 words. Half of this test contains straightforward comprehension items (paraphrase, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, and pronoun reference). The other half assesses inference skills (main idea, fact versus opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author’s point of view and applying the author’s logic to another situation).

ESL Listening - The ESL Listening test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. Conversations take place in a wide range of locations including lecture halls, grocery stores and libraries. When doing the ESL Listening Test, you will hear the passage, followed by the question, and the answer choices. You will have the ability to listen to each part an additional two times.

Essay -WritePlacer ESL - The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. You will be given a holistic score that represents how clearly and effectively you expressed your position. The following four characteristics of writing will be considered.

  • Word Use – The extent to which you are able to use a wide range of words and phrases accurately.
  • Sentence Use - The extent to which you are able to use a variety of sentence patterns with both independent and dependent clauses.
  • Grammar - The extent to which you are able to express ideas using grammatically correct English.
  • Organization and Development - The extent to which you are able to focus on the assigned topic and to develop ideas clearly.

Elementary Algebra - The test includes operations with integers, rational numbers and algebraic expressions. Questions include problems in solving systems of linear equations, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, translating written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.

Arithmetic Skills - This test measures students’ ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. It includes operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. Questions include rate, percent, measurement and geometry problems as well as problems requiring the distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

College Level Mathematics - This test assesses proficiency from intermediate algebra through precalculus. Six categories are covered: Algebraic operations; solutions of equations and inequalities; coordinating geometry; applications; functions; and trigonometry

Test Exemptions

Only official documentation will be accepted). Exemptions from one or more sections of the College Placement Test may apply to:

  • Students who have taken the Accuplacer or Compass test at another college within the last three years.
  • Students who took SAT before March 2016 and scored 530 or higher on the SAT Maths and/or 540 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading within the last three years.
  • Students who took “new” SAT beginning in March 2016 and scored 500 or higher on the SAT Mathematics and/or 450 or higher on the SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing.*
  • Students who have scored 23 or higher on the ACT English AND Reading and/or 23 on the ACT Mathematics within the last three years.
  • Students who have scored a 4 or higher on the PARCC Algebra II will be exempt from the Math portion of Accuplacer, and a 4 or higher on the English Language Arts Grade 11 will be exempt from Reading and Writing portion of Accuplacer. 
  • Students who have met the Camden County College requirements for (AP) Advanced Placement or CLEP in English or mathematics.
  • Students who have scored a 3 on the AP English Literature or AP English Language Test will be placed into ENG 101. Students who score a 4 or a 5 will be given credit for ENG 101.
  • Students who have successfully completed a college credit English Composition and/or mathematics course at a regionally accredited college.
  • Students entering the English as a Second Language (ESL) program who have taken the ESL placement exam and the College Placement Test for mathematics.
  • Students enrolled in some of the Certificate Programs may not have to take the placement test. Please contact the Program’s Coordinator to confirm whether or not the placement test is required.

*New SAT exemptions are effective for 2017 entries into Camden County College. The College reserves the right to adjust future exemptions based on the recommendation of the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges

 

Testing Center Rules

  • All students must have a valid/current photo ID before being seated for any testing.
  • All cell phones, blue tooth and other electronic devices must be turned off and stored away. No cell phones or other electronic devices can be placed on the desks at anytime.
  • No personal calculators, dictionaries, scrap paper, food, drinks or gum are allowed in the Testing Center.
  • No Internet, email or other sites may be accessed while testing.
  • Scrap paper supplied by the Testing Center must be handed in before leaving the Testing Center.
  • Hats, hoods and sunglasses must be removed before testing.
  • All personal items must be stored away during testing.

 

How can I make special arrangements for testing accommodations?

Anyone with a disability that would prevent them testing under standard conditions, may request special accommodations by calling the Disability Support Services Office at (856) 227-7200 ext. 4430 or by contacting the Director at jkinzy@camdencc.edu.

Students who are hearing impaired may call the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students at (856) 227-7200 ext. 4255 (voice) or email kceccanecchio@camdencc.edu.  All requests for accommodations will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In order to be eligible for accommodations, students are required to submit current and substantive documentation to the Disability Support Services Office.

For questions regarding testing, please contact the Testing Center at(856) 227-7200 ext. 4710. 

Blackwood Campus

Testing Center, Library, room 200
P.O. Box 200, College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 227-7200 ext. 4710
Fax (856) 374-5090

Camden City Campus

College Hall 117
200 N. Broadway
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 968- 1287 (Mondays through Fridays) or 1275 (Mondays through Thursdays)
Fax (856) 968-1222

William G. Rohrer Center, Cherry Hill

Room 208
1889 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003