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Student Success and Assessment Services Centers
Santa Rosa Campus, Plover Hall, Room 531, (707)
English and Math Placement Testing
If you are interested in taking an English or Math 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.
Students may fulfill the Assessment requirements in a subject area (Mathematics, English, or ESL) through one or more of the following:
No placements tests are required for CSKLS 318, Introduction to Reading & Writing, and CSKLS 371, General Arithmetic. 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. Submit in person or fax your official placement test result and SRJC Student ID number to Assessment Services. The FAX number is (707) 524-1638.
Contact Student Success and Assessment Services for more information regarding
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.
EAP (Early Assessment Program)
Submit the EAP test results in person to Student Success and Assessment Services, or fax to 707-524-1638 for evaluation. If there is a "Conditional Status" please also submit unofficial high school transcripts. For more information please call 707-527-4661.
If you have a verifiable disability and require accommodations please contact the Disability Resources Department Santa Rosa Campus at (707) 527-4278, or the Petaluma Campus at (707) 778-2430.
Placement Test Study Guides and Testing Schedules
For your information, study guides, and placement testing schedules are available at the Student Success and Assessment Services Centers on both campuses. You may also find printable copies online at www.santarosa.edu/assessment/ (English) 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 Student Success and Assessment 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 Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 527-4661, Santa Rosa Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.
PETALUMA 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. 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 Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 778-3908, Petaluma Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.
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
Student Success and Assessment Services offers a comprehensive, computer-adaptive, multiple-choice, question math placement test called the COMPASS. 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 Diagnostic Test
Effective Spring 2014
CHEM 1A and CHEM 4A have prerequisite of CHEM 42. Students who think they may be ready for CHEM 1A or CHEM 4A without completing CHEM 42 should take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test AND complete and return the petition form Chemistry Diagnostic Review to the Student Success and Assessment Services Office. Once the Admission and Records Office receives the petition result from Chemistry Department, students will be notified in their portal.
The Diagnostic Test itself will no longer be used for Chemistry placement. This new petition process will become effective February 1, 2014.
Santa Rosa Testing Schedule
Petaluma Testing Schedule
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 the Student Sucess and Assessment 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 Student Success and Assessment 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 the Student Success and Assessment Center 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 Student Success and Assessment 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), Student Success and 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
If you do not agree with your placement test results you have the option to retake the placement test, or Challenge your placement test result. After the initial placement testing in a subject area, students may retake the test once per term. To challenge your English or Math Placement Test results contact Admissions and Records at (707) 527-4685 (Santa Rosa Campus) or (707) 778-2415 (Petaluma Campus.)
Placement Test results are valid for 3 years.
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