Students applying for Running Start must place at College Level in Reading AND either ENGL& 101 or MATH& 107,146, 171 or above. Running Start candidates are encouraged not to delay starting their College math path, however, students who consider their math skills currently at high school level, are not required to take the ALEKS exam. Running Start qualification would be determined using English and Reading scores.
ACCUPLACER is used to determine readiness for reading and English and ALEKS for math courses. Results are available immediately following your session. Testing staff members can explain alternative placement options available and answer any questions.
You may be exempt from taking a placement testing if you meet either of the conditions below. Discuss your options with a testing staff member.
1. Satisfactory completion of a college-level English course from an accredited U.S. college or university or;
2. Qualifying Smarter Balanced Assessment may be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 509-544-2037 or hand delivered to the Assessment Center on the Pasco campus for processing. Contact your high school advisor for more information about getting a copy of your scores.
Student with documented learning and/or physical disabilities requesting test accommodations are required to contact the CBC Resource Center at 509-542-4412, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Building T, Room T403 before scheduling a placement test. Services for qualified students with disabilities are available to ensure our programs and facilities are accessible.
PREPARE TO TEST
Learn more about the ACCUPLACER and ALEKS exams and take advantage of study resources to enhance your performance.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
1. Running Start testers are not required to complete an admission application.
2. Students testing for the Running Start Program at CBC, with or without access to their social security number (SSN), may schedule a testing appointment. Please contact the Assessment Center for further assistance if you do not have access to your SSN.
3. Schedule an appointment by contacting the Assessment Center at 509-547-0511, visit Building H, Room H119 to make an appointment OR join us on Walk-In Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9am - 1pm (no appointment necessary). NOTE: Several special sessions will be available February - May to provide additional testing options. Visit the testing calendar to view additional dates and times.
4. Choose a time when you can allow 2-3 hours to complete your assessments in one session. Less time if retesting in only one or two areas.
5. We provide pencils and scratch paper.
6. No outside calculators are permitted unless prior approval through qualifying accommodations with CBC Disabilities Services. An online calculator will be available, when permitted, inside exam delivery.
You may retake your Reading and Writing exam once and your math exam twice within an anniversary year.
CBC will use your highest score as long as it is valid. Reading and Writing scores are valid for two years. Math scores are valid for one year.
TEST DAY REMINDERS
The Assessment Center discourages testers from bringing valuables such as jewelry, phones, watches, money, and credit cards with you to the test center. Items brought during testing will be stored in a locker and you may claim them at the end of your testing session. CBC cannot assume responsibility for the loss or damage of any personal belongings brought into the testing center. We strongly recommend you secure your valuables and bring only those items necessary during your appointment.
WHAT IS ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is used to determine course placement for reading and English courses. The Next Generation Reading exam is delivered in a multiple-choice format, with no time limit. Using the latest computer-adaptive technology, questions are presented based on your individual skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give as much thought as you can before selecting your answer. WritePlacer is a timed essay where students will create a 300-600 word essay (2 hour maximum) that will be used in conjunction with your reading score to determine English placement.
PREPARE FOR TESTING HERE
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TEST?
Students may take the ACCUPLACER test twice within an anniversary year.
WHAT IS ALEKS?
ALEKS is as a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment for math course placement. This tool zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides a learning tools for improving their knowledge. By establishing student readiness for a particular math course and correct placement, students are better prepared for success.
STEP 1: Prepare for the Assessment
Prior to testing, use CBC EdReady to refresh your math skills. Visit aleks.com for more information and a free trial. You may also benefit from academic success strategies to improve existing learning and study skills.
STEP 2: Take the Assessment
ALEKS is an untimed adaptive assessment that delivers up to 30 questions and takes an average of 60-90 minutes. When permitted, an online scientific calculator will be provided by ALEKS for use. No outside calculators allowed without prior approval through CBC Disabilities Services. Immediately following the assessment, you will receive your scores and a placement interpretation guide indicating which math courses you are eligible to take. Math scores are valid for one year and CBC will use your highest placement until it expires. If you’re satisfied with your placement, use your scores to register for classes. If you wish to retake your exam, proceed to step three.
STEP 3: Improve Your Scores
After the first exam all students (even those satisfied with their score) will have access to the Prep and Learning section for one year from the day the module is opened. NOTE: If you plan on using your second retake opportunity, be sure to spend the required five hours in your learning module before it expires.
STEP 4: Retest
You may test two additional times in an anniversary year. A mandatory 48 hour “cool off” period between the first and second assessment is designed to encourage you to use the Prep & Learning Module. Immediately returning and testing again, without studying seldom produces better scores. Remember, before you can use the second and final retake you will be required to spend a minimum of five hours in the Prep and Learning module.
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