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Assessment Services Centers
Santa Rosa Campus, Plover Hall, Room 531, (707)
English, Math, or Chemistry Placement Testing Information
If you are interested in taking an English, math or chemistry course at SRJC, you are required to take a placement test prior to registering for the class. The results of your placement test will help determine which college course is appropriate for your current skill level. Multiple measures are also considered when determining course placement. If you are enrolled currently or have taken a math course at SRJC you must stay in the math course sequence or complete a Challenge Form and submit it to A & R.
You are exempt from taking the placement test in a subject area (math, chemistry, or English) if you fulfill one or more of the following:
No placements tests are required for CSKLS 318, Introduction to Reading & Writing, CSKLS 371, General Arithmetic, and CHEM 42, Introductory General Chemistry. After receiving a course placement, you may enroll in that course or a lower course level. In addition, your course placement information may be helpful to you if you are interested in taking other courses at SRJC.
Santa Rosa and Petaluma Campuses Placement Testing Scheduling Options
Appointments and drop-in scheduling options available. We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins and seating is limited. Please, check the Placement Testing Schedule for dates, times, room locations and scheduling options.
An application to SRJC is required prior to taking the placement test. Please bring your photo I.D., and know your SRJC Student I.D. Number. There is no fee to take the test and test results will be available online in two business days. All testing materials will be provided on the day of the test.
Placement test results from other accredited two-year colleges will be accepted for evaluation. Test results must be within three years. Fax your official placement test result and SRJC Student ID number to Assessment Services at (707) 524-1638.
Contact Assessment Services for more information regarding Placement Testing, GED (General Educational Development), placement testing at high schools, and having a distance education exam proctored. Assessment Services also offers the Wonderlic/Ability to Benefit test (ATB). Students, who are interested in receiving financial aid, must take the Wonderlic/ATB test if they do not have a high school diploma or GED. ESL students may be the CELSA test to become eligible for financial aid. To make an appointment to take the Wonderlic/ATB test, please contact one of the above Assessment Services Centers.
High School Advanced Placement Exams
If you have taken the High School Advanced Placement exams and your test scores are 3 or higher, you are exempt from taking the placement test. Complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form and submit it to Admissions and Records. You are strongly encouraged to consult with a counselor about SRJC specific provisions for AP credit.
If you have a verifiable disability and require special accommodations please contact the Disability Resources Department Santa Rosa Campus at (707) 527-4278, Petaluma Campus at (707) 778-2430.
Placement Test Study Guides and Test Schedules
For your information, study guides, and placement testing schedules are available at the Assessment Services Centers on both campuses. You may also find printable copies online at www.santarosa.edu/assessment/ (English and chemistry) and http://www.act.org/compass/sample/ (math). Placement testing is offered throughout the year.
SANTA ROSA CAMPUS TESTING SCHEDULE
Appointments and drop-in scheduling options available. We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins and seating is limited. Please, check the following placement testing schedule for dates, times, room location and scheduling options. All testing is held in Plover Hall, Room 530. Please check in and show your photo ID at Assessment & GED Services, Room 531, Plover Hall, 10 minutes before the test begins. This testing schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
Drop-In - Sign ups will begin in person 1 hour only prior to the start of the test. Seating is limited.
Appointment - Although a test session may be full, some seats may become available. Arrive, no earlier than 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.
Go online or contact Assessment Services at (707) 527-4661, Santa Rosa Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.
Appointments and drop-in scheduling options available. We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins. Please check the following placement testing schedule for dates, times, room locations and scheduling options. This testing schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
Drop-In - Sign ups will begin in person 30 minutes prior to the start of the test. Seating is limited.
Appointment - Although a test session may be full, some seats may become available. Arrive no earlier than 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.
Go online or contact Assessment Services at (707) 778-3908, Petaluma Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.
English Placement Test
The English Placement Test comprises a 45-minute writing sample and a 50-minute multiple choice question test. Please allow an additional 15 minutes for instruction. The English Placement Test begins with an essay assignment. And the multiple choice test is comprised of 65 questions administered in two separate components: 1) Reading Comprehension, and 2) Sentence Structure and Grammar. The reading and writing skills are assessed and the combined scores including other multiple measures determine English course placement. The English course placements are:
ENGL 1A Reading and Composition;
ENGL 100 College Reading and Writing;
ENGL 307 or 302X and 100X Improvement of College Reading and Writing, or College Reading and Writing--Accelerated;
ENGL 305.1 or 305X and 306X Development of College Reading and Writing, or Development of College Reading and Writing--Accelerated;
CSKLS 313 Foundations of College Reading and Writing;
CSKLS 318 Introduction to Reading and Writing.
Placement testing is not required for enrollment in CSKLS 318.
The SRJC English faculty who evaluate your essay will expect you to write a well-organized essay, one in which you develop your ideas clearly and logically. Sentence and paragraph structure, usage, and grammar also contribute to your final essay score. Each essay is read and scored holistically by two different faculty members using a scoring guide that helps to define degrees of writing proficiency. The two readers' scores are combined to give your reported score, which will fall between 2 (low) and 12 (high). A score of 0 is given to essays not written on the assigned topic. English Placement Test Cut-Off Scores (prior to Fall 2013) Effective Fall 2013, English Placement Test Cut-Off Scoress The readers will be looking for the following:
Math Placement Test
Assessment Services offers a comprehensive, computer-adaptive, multiple-choice, question math placement test called the COMPASS. View the audio slide show, Taking the Math Placement Test; highlights include selecting a level, how to take the test, and getting your score. There are three math sub-tests: “Pre-Algebra”, “Algebra”, and “College Algebra”. You will be asked to choose the test that best matches your current math skill level. To help you decide, consider the following questions:
Placement testing is not required for enrollment in CSKLS 371.
A basic calculator will be provided within the Math COMPASS program. The math placement test is untimed, however at SRJC a three hour timeframe is allotted to complete the test. Please allow an additional 15 minutes for instruction.
Math COMPASS Computerized Placement Tests Criteria download (PDF: 80KB).
A complete list of Math (COMPASS) cut-off scores is available
for download (PDF: 64KB).
Chemistry Placement Test
The Chemistry course placement is determined by a single chemistry test. This test determines course placement in CHEM 1A and 4A. To enroll in CHEM 42 the placement test is recommended, but not required. The prerequisite for the above Chemistry courses is Math 155 or equivalent. This placement test is comprised of 44 multiple-choice questions. A scientific calculator is permitted during this test, one will be provided, and a periodic table is included in the test booklet. A complete listing of Chemistry Placement Test cut-off scores is available for download (PDF: 58KB).
Mathematics Competency Exams
Please read before making an appointment for an mathematics competency exam. Math Competency detail (PDF: 24 KB)
Algebra Competency Exam (ACE)
The ACE is not a placement test. The Intermediate Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) is offered to students new to Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) who need to fulfill the SRJC math requirement for an Associate Degree. The ACE is a 29 question exam with a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The test covers topics from intermediate algebra. Non-graphing calculators are provided, as graphing calculators are not allowed. Please be advised that this exam is not transferable, and it is not part of the math course sequence. Students will be allowed to attempt the exam twice per term. In the event that a student does not pass the exam on the first attempt, a personalized study plan and review material will be provided within the online testing program to assist in preparation for the second attempt. This study plan will be available for 16 weeks. Contact an Assessment & GED Services Center to make an appointment. Catalog rights determine which math competency exam a student may complete. To make an appointment or for more information contact Assessment & GED Services at (707) 527-4661.
Graduation Math Competency Exam (GMCT)
The GMCT is not a placement test. The Graduation Mathematics Competency Exam is available to students who are ready to graduate and who have not fulfilled the SRJC Math requirement for an Associate Degree. A score of 24 out of 40 is required to pass the test. Students who do not achieve a passing score will be allowed to retest the following fall, spring, or summer term. To prepare for and/or review for the GMCT, students currently enrolled at SRJC may contact the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Campus, (707) 527-4834, or at the Petaluma Campus, (707) 778-3950. Please be advised that this exam is not transferable, and it is not part of the math course sequence. Study Guides are also available at Assessment & GED Services Centers and also online. Beginning fall semester 2009 the GMCT is not applicable for new students to SRJC. Catalog rights determine which math competency exam a student may complete. To make an appointment or for more information contact Assessment & GED Services at (707) 527-4661.
Placement Test Results
Placement test results will be available in two business days. Test results can be accessed online at www.santarosa.edu. After receiving your course placement, you may enroll in that course or any course below the one in which you were placed. Your placement test results are valid for 3 years. It is recommended that you meet with a counselor to discuss your placement test results.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Assessment Services cannot give out test results over the phone, nor can we give your test results to another individual or agency unless we have written permission from you on record. A Placement Test Results Release Form is available for download. (PDF: 29KB) Fax your Placement Test Results Release Form to (707) 524-1638.
Placement Test Retake and Challenge Policies, and Test Score Longevity
You may take the placement test twice per term. If you do not agree with your placement test results you have the option to retake the placement test once per term, or Challenge your placement test result. To challenge your English, Math or Chemistry Placement Test result contact Admissions and Records at (707) 527-4685 (Santa Rosa Campus) or (707) 778-2415 (Petaluma Campus.)
Please be advised that after two weeks of being enrolled in the math course sequence you may not retake the placement test.
Placement Test results are valid for 3 years.
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