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Assessment

Welcome to the Assessment Services Office

Denise K. Carter, M.A.
Supervisor, Assessment Services
Room: D205
Telephone: 626-585-7272
Email: 
dkcarter@pasadena.edu

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Walk-In Testing Hours

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Monday - Thursday:  If exam is not completed by 6:15 p.m., the session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time.
  • Friday:  If exam is not completed by 3:45 p.m., the session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time. 
  • Testing and office hours are subject to change without notice. Closed on weekends and major holidays.

 

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Located in Building D Room 205

 

*Notice:  Change in Testing/Office Hours for Dates Below*

  • *November 26, 2014:  Testing Hours 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Office Hours 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  No Chemistry testing available on this day.
  • *November 27-30, 2014:  Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
  • *December 1, 2014:  Testing Hours 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.   Office Hours:  8:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 6:30 p.m.  No Chemistry testing available on this day.        
  • *December 18, 2014:  Testing Hours 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.  Office Hours:  8:00 - 11:15 a.m. & 1:00 - 6:30 p.m.   No Chemistry testing available.
  • *December 23, 2014:  Testing Hours 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.   Office Hours:  8:00 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  No Chemistry testing available on this day.   
  • *December 24, 2014 - January 1, 2015 campus closed for Winter Break.    
  • *January 2, 2015:  Testing Hours 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Office Hours 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. No Chemistry testing available on this day.
  •  All other dates not mentioned (except for holidays), regular testing and office hours are available.      

 

First-Time College Student Requirements:  Student Success Act (SB 1456)

www.pasadena.edu/newstudent

The Student Success Act requires all first-time college students to complete the steps below.  Students who do not complete these steps will receive a later registration date/time. Plan to complete the steps early so you can register on your assigned registration date/time.  Waiting until the week of your assigned registration date is not advisable because you could experience a delay with registration due to enrollment processing time requirements and classes fill quickly.  Students can look-up their registation date/time on LancerPoint.  Students must apply for admission to the college before the steps can be completed. 

  1. Complete the New Student Online Orientation before testing.
  2. Take your English or ESL and Math Placement Tests. Students should review the Test Preparation information at the bottom of this page before taking the exam. 
  3. Attend a Group Counseling Session to create an Educational Plan.  Counseling appointments can be made in Building L Room 104. 
  4. Declare a major by the time you earn 15 degree applicable units. Students who have completed 100 or more degree applicable units will receive a later registration date/time.   

 

English, ESL and Math Testing Information

  • Walk-in testing is available for English, ESL and Math (Refer to Walk-In Testing Hours).  In June, July and August an online appointment is required for testing. 
  • First-time students and students who plan to take an English, ESL or math course for the first time are required to take the placement exams.  The math exam is used to place students into Accounting 1A, Business 14A and Statistic 50 courses.  For ther exams not mentioned please contact the department directly (Languages, Music or other).   
  • The placement exams assist students with identifying what courses to take at the college.  Students should review exam preparation information to become familiar with the exam format and type of questions asked (See Bottom of Page). 
  • Students whose first language is not English or that have difficulty communicating or reading in English should take the English as a Second Language Exam. 
  • Special accommodation testing:  Special exam formats are available for students with a disability such as, Braille, large print exams, etc.  Contact our office well in advance of your registration date/time to make arrangements for testing at 626-585-7272. 
  • PCC does not provide testing or exam results for other colleges or universities. 
  • Testing and office hours are subject to change without notice. Closed on weekends and major holidays.
 

Chemistry Testing Information

  • Chemistry exam is administered promptly at 10:00 a.m. Monday - Friday on a first-come, first-served basis (No late arrivals accepted).  The exam is for students who require Chemistry 1A for their major. Bring a calculator with general functions only (Addition, subtraction, etc.) and a #2 pencil.  Some calculators are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.  Graphing and scientific calculators are not permitted for use.
  • Plan to complete the exam early to allow for enrollment processing time requirements.  Waiting until the week of your registration date is not advisable because you could experience a delay with registration and classes fill quickly.  Students can look-up their registation date/time on LancerPoint
  • Students must meet the prerequisites for the Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 22 courses in addition to receiving a satisfactory score on the exam to qualify for the courses.   
  • PCC does not provide testing or exam results for other colleges or universities. 
  • Testing and office hours are subject to change without notice. 

Specialty Testing Information

  • Specialty exams (Myers Briggs, Campbell, MMPI, and Millon) are administered promptly at 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday on a first-come, first-served basis (No Late Arrivals Accepted). A referral card is required from a Counselor in order to take a specialty test.
  • The service available for PCC students only.  We do not provide testing services for other colleges, universities, etc.
  • Testing and office hours are subject to change without notice.

 

Exam Exemption Information

For exam exemption consideration (See Below) fax the Pre-Requisite Clearance Form and supporting documents to the Prerequisite Office or submit the documents in person to the Prerequisite Office in Building L Room 103D.  The process should be completed early due to enrollment processing time requirements.  Waiting until the week of your assigned registration date to complete the process is not advisable because you could experience a delay with registration and classes fill quickly.  Students can look-up their registation date/time on LancerPoint. Not all courses or exam results are accepted.  For futher information call the Prerequisite Office at 626-585-7951. 

  • ACCUPLACER exam taken at Pasadena City College within the last two years. 
  • ACCUPLACER exam taken at another college within the last year with all required sections taken.  Some colleges do not administer all exam sections listed below.  Any section(s) that were not taken will need to be completed at the PCC Assessment Office. 
  • ACCUPLACER English Sections:  Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. 
  • ACCUPLACER English as a Second Language (ESL):  Reading Skills,  Sentence Meaning and Language Use.   
  • ACCUPLACER Math Sections:  Elementary Algebra.  Students who score below a 43 on the Elementary Algebra section must take the Arithmetic Section. Students who score 84 or higher on the Elementary Algebra section must take the College Level Math exam. 
  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam taken within the last year AND identified as college ready in English and/or math. Get EAP Results.  Conditional status not accepted.  Students who receive a College Ready Status for English and/or Math can register for college level courses; English 1A and Math 3.  Students who would like to be considered for higher Math courses will need to take the ACCUPLACER College Level Math Exam.   
  • Successfully completed English or college level math courses at another college.
  • Earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited educational institution.  Students who did not complete any English and/or math courses during their Bachelor's level course work will need to take the appropriate exam to determine course placement.
  • Educational goal of "educational development/personal development/ interest."
  • Enrolled in courses with no prerequisites AND enrolled in six units or fewer.
  • ACT COMPASS, MDTP, EPT/ELM exam results are not accepted.

 

  Required Items for Testing

  • Apply for Admission.  Students must be admitted to the college before they can take the placement exam.  Students who have not attended PCC continuously (missed a semester) will need to re-apply to the college.  Continuing students do not need to reapply.
  • Complete the New Student Online Orientation at www.pasadena.edu/orientation before testing if you are a first-time, returning or transfer student.    
  • Valid Photo ID (Driver’s License, High School ID, Passport, LancerPoint Photo ID, etc.).  No photocopies of identification or electronic versions accepted.
  • LancerPoint ID Number (Listed on PCC Emailed Admissions Notice), 8 digit number
  • Valid email address to receive your exam results. If you do not have an email please set one up before the testing session.  Various options are available such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. 
  • Pencil or Pen
  • $2.00 for parking if you plan to park on campus 

 

Exam Format and Length

  • The ACCUPLACER English, ESL and math placement exams are computerized, multiple-choice with no time limit.  It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete two exams and 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete one exam.  Dictionaries, calculators and other aides are not permitted. Scratch paper will be provided.
  • The exam is not pass/fail and is only used to determine what your skills are in English, ESL and math. 
  • During the exam session students are asked multiple measures questions (grades in high school, etc.) as required by state law.  These questions assist with determining course placement. 
  • The Chemistry placement exam is paper/pencil, multiple-choice and is timed:  45 minutes to complete 44 items.  The exam consists of questions relating to compounds/elements, states of matter, reactions of matter, structure of matter, periodic properties, solutions, chemical dynamics, laboratory skills, and mathematics.  No review material is available.

 

Exam Result Information

  • English, ESL and math exam results will be emailed to the student following the test session.  The email will be sent by the ACCUPLACER Program from their email account named NoReply@accuplacer.org.  Please be sure to save a copy of your exam results for future reference for your counseling session and registration.  Students will need to provide identifying information to retrieve their results (Last Name, LancerPoint ID# and Date of Birth). 
  • Results will also be available in LancerPoint at the end of the business day (Refer to Office Hours). 
  • Chemistry exam results are available the following business day after 9:00 a.m. on LancerPoint.
  • Exam results cannot be provided to students via telephone, email or fax and are not provided to other colleges. 

 

Testing Policies

  • The exam(s) can be retaken in 8 weeks and once a year.  Once the English, ESL or math course sequence has began the test can no longer be taken and students are required to continue in the course sequence.
  • Exam results cannot be provided to students via telephone, email or fax and are not provided to other colleges. 
  • ACCUPLACER exam results are valid for two years if the exam was taken at PCC.  If the ACCUPLACER exam was taken at another college the results are valid for one year and all required exam sections must have been taken (See Exam Exemption Section).
  • No food, drinks or visitors permitted in the testing room.  Bottled water is permitted.  Please do not sit on stairs or in front of emergency doors.  
  • The Assessment staff cannot disclose whether a student is testing or still in the testing room.  Please make arrangements before testing on where to meet once testing is completed

 

 
Test Preparation Information (English, ESL and Math) - Prepare For Your Future Today!

Graduation

The placement exams provide students with information on where they should begin coursework at the college.  Before taking the exams, students should review the exam preparation materials listed below to receive the highest course placement and to avoid delays with graduation and/or transfer.       

  • Pre-Assessment Workshop and Study Session (PAWS) are available to assist with preparing for the exams PAWS sign-up information.  Students will learn about the look and feel of the ACCUPLACER placement exams.  If you have further questions please contact the Learning Assistance Center at (626) 585-7230.   
  • Review free sample test questions (Provided by the College Board).  Review Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math sections.
  • If English is not your first language or if you have difficulty communicating or reading in English review Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Language Use sections.
  • iPhone Users may purchase the new ACCUPLACER APP at iTunes Store for $1.99. (Provided by the College Board)
  • Take the free Khan Academy Math Pre-Test
  • Take free Math Diagnostic Exam (ALEKS) - Your ALEKS trial will allow you to explore the ALEKS Student Module for three hours anytime during the next 48 hours. Follow the instructions below for ALEKS Exam Access. (Provided by ALEKS Corporation) 
  • Install ALEKS Plug-In
  • Under Student Module Option Click on Try ALEKS Now Button (User Agreement will need to be accepted to take exam)
  • 1) Enter Name, Email, etc. 2) Select I'm a Student, 3) Select Higher Education Math 4) Select Beginning and Intermediate Combined OptionAdditional review materials are available by clicking on the links to the right for English, ESL and math.
  • Additional ACCUPLACER review information is available.  Visit www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests (Provided by Varsity Tutors), www.test-preparation.ca/accuplacer/ (Provided by Complete Test Preparation, Inc.) and www.mometrix.com/academy/accuplacer-test/ (Provided by Mometrix). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Revised November 25, 2014 by dkcarter@pasadena.edu