Placement Testing in the Test Center
ACCUPLACER and MyMathTest
What is the purpose of placement testing?
The purpose of ACCUPLACER and the MyMath Test is to provide useful information on a person's current academic skill in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors to determine course selection.
Can I fail the test?
The placement tests are not designed for "pass" or "fail" results. However, course registration is determined by the results. It is very important that you do your best on the tests, to set an accurate measure of your academic skills.
How many times can I take the test?
You may test twice each major term (Fall, Spring, Summer) with the first day of class for the next term being the reset date for renewed opportunities to test.
How much does it cost to take a placement test?
OCCC Placement Exams are free to students the first time they are taken. Any additional testing will require a $5 fee per test (Reading, Writing, or Math).
Be prepared to present your receipt as proof of payment for your exam.
Testers can pay online for Tests with a credit card or electronic check through the Higher One CASHNET system. There will be a 2.75% convenience fee for the use of credit cards.
Do I just show –up to take the test or do I need to make and appointment?
Students will need a referral from Enrollment, Advising, or Assessment to take a placement test.
Appointments are not required for placement testing. Students may come during open Test Center hours to take the exams. Students will need to sign in at least 1 hour before closing to be administered a reading or writing exam and at least 1.5 hours before closing for math exams.
What should I bring with me to the test?
All students taking a Placement Test must present a photo ID for admissions to the test area. Acceptable ID’s must be original, current (valid) IDs issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. Note: School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable. The photo must be clearly recognizable as you.
What if I need assistance with taking my test?
Students who wish to apply accommodations for placement testing should contact the Office of Student Support (682-7520) to discuss such accommodations.
Can I prepare for the placement TESTS?
You can also pick up a study guide at the Office of Academic Advising or visit https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
For further information, please contact the Office of Testing and Assessment Services: (405) 682-7531.