The College offers a testing service to students on both a group and an individual basis. Available tests include instruments for determining interests, measures of study habits and attitudes, educational and occupational ability tests, and personality assessments. Tests can be accessed through various websites as recommended by counseling division. For example, some entering Freshman students will take a standardized, commercially prepared test to establish the level of general education skills and knowledge of the student. Also, some tests may be recommended by a counselor or advisor or be available to students upon request.
The College has a placement testing program in the Learning Lab for all first-time students who have been admitted to programs requiring college level English, math, and/or biology, or those students whose educational objectives may include college level mathematics, English, or biology courses. Students who fail to meet minimum scores on the College’s placement tests in math, writing, and reading are required to take developmental courses prior to or in conjunction with the regular sequence of courses.
Students assessed as reading at grade-level 6-9 must take developmental/remedial reading as a prerequisite to enrollment in any college-level courses, except those courses exempted by the College. Students possessing reading competencies at a 10th to 12th grade-level qualify to enroll concurrently in college-level classes along with the required developmental reading course. Students with 12th grade-level competencies are allowed unrestricted enrollment in college-level English and mathematics courses.
In addition to the general testing program, instructors in each curriculum of the College may have special tests established for their courses and programs.