Placement Assessment

 

To assist you in reaching your goals, LCCC offers an assessment program that will help identify your strengths and areas of needed enhancement before beginning your college level coursework.  Our state-of-the-art Assessment Lab provides the opportunity to complete the assessment in a way that is most convenient for you.

The Placement Assessment is delivered in the Testing and Assessment Center located in the College Center Building (CC) Room 233

With a picture I.D. you can take the assessment on a walk-in basis at anytime during Testing Center hours.  The assessment takes approximately two hours.  If it is difficult for you to schedule a two-hour block of time, you can take the assessment in portions over several days.
  

    Testing and Assessment Center Hours
    

Preparing for the Placement Assessment

Explore the resources below to prepare to take the placement assessment.

Accuplacer Web-Based Study App

Accuplacer has an official Web-based study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills. It’s accessible from any Internet-capable computer, and it will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions.   Get more information at this link:

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer

The Accuplacer Sample Packet
includes details about the test and sample questions. (note:  We do not the WritePlacer portion of Accuplacer as we have our own institutional writing sample)

Review the Accuplacer Sample Questions:   

https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf 

English Essay Preparation

Review instructions for the LCCC English Placement Essay

Math Preparation

Review Algebra videos developed by our LCCC Math faculty

Additional Resources

Explore additional study resources to prepare for the Compass Assessment. 

  
Testing Locations

LCCC Main Campus – Map and directions

LCCC Wellington Center

LCCC Lorain Learning Center at City Center

The Midpoint Campus Center

University Partnership Ridge Campus

  
About the Placement Assessment

Most applicants are REQUIRED to participate in a placement assessment process. The placement assessment includes, but is not limited to, an evaluation of reading, language usage and mathematical skills. Based on the results of the placement assessment process, placement in courses commensurate with a student’s academic achievement is mandatory. This assessment must be completed prior to enrolling in the following:

  • More than one course (three or four credit hours in length).
  • Any mathematics course.
  • ENGL 161.
  • Any course requiring college-level reading and/or English 161 as a prerequisite or corequisite.
  • Any science course with mathematics as a prerequisite.

Students wishing to enroll in advanced courses in mathematics or certain science courses will be required to complete the Mathematics section of the placement assessment. Additional information can be obtained in Enrollment Services.

 

Students must have certain scores on the Placement Assessment to be able to attend LCCC credit classes.   Students who do not meet these standards may be referred to ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) for remediation.  Situations involving a wide variance between or among scores will be addressed on an individual basis and students with an identified learning disability may reassess in the Accessibility Services.

 
Common Questions

What is the Accuplacer Placement Assessment? Why is it important?
Accuplacer is a computerized placement assessment in sentence structure, reading, and various levels of math that helps Counselors and Advisors place you in the proper courses as you begin your studies at Lorain County Community College. The assessment is designed to improve your chances of success here at LCCC. If you are placed in a course that is too easy for you, you may get bored and lose interest. On the other hand, if you are placed in a course that is too difficult, you may become overwhelmed and lose confidence in your abilities.

Should I review first?
Yes. Reviewing may help you to bypass some courses and place into a higher starting level. This is especially true in Math. This guide contains sample items or using the Accuplacer web-based app which will help you to have a more successful assessment experience.

When am I required to complete the Accuplacer assessment?
The Accuplacer Placement Assessment must be completed prior to enrolling in:

  1. More than one course (three or four credit hours in length).
  2. Any mathematics course.
  3. ENGL 161.
  4. Any course requiring college-level reading and/or English 161 as a prerequisite or corequisite.
  5. Any science course with mathematics as a prerequisite.

Are there any exceptions?
Exceptions to the assessment might include:

  1. A student who has completed an Associates Degree or higher at an accredited institution
  2. A transient student in good standing
  3. A student with an ACT or SAT score (with documentation):
    • A student with an ACT English score of 18 or SAT English Writing score of 430 and SAT Critical Reading score of 450
    • A student with an ACT Mathematics score of 22 or SAT Mathematics score of 520
    • A student with an ACT Reading Score of 22 or SAT Critical Reading score of 450
  4. A senior citizen
  5. A student registering for audit
  6. A Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education cross-registration student

If I have a learning disability or if English is my second language, are special arrangements available?
Yes. If you have a disability, call Accessibility Services at (440) 366-4058 and request special assessment arrangements.

If English is not the language in which you learned to read and write, you will need to complete the English as a Second Language Placement Assessment. Please call Dr. Annouska Remmert at ext. 7042 or Sharon Van Houte at ext. 7092.

Do I need computer skills?
No. You do not need computer skills. You will find that the Accuplacer system is very user-friendly. If you need assistance, the Testing and Assessment staff is here to help.