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Placement Test

A placement exam, sometimes known as a placement test, is an examination designed to assess a person’s prior knowledge of a subject and hence identify the level at which the person should begin courses on that subject.

Most students attending college for the first time are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Instead, college may require students to take a placement test after being accepted. The placement test indicates your readiness for college-level study.

Types of Placement Test 

Typically, three major placement examinations are administered. They assess math, reading, and writing skills. You may need to review these skills before taking the test. Colleges do not all employ the same placement examinations. Check the college website to see which test they use. Placement testing information is typically provided on the Admissions section of the college’s website.

Here are some of the more typical tests and how to prepare for them.

  • ACCUPLACER or CPT– computer test
  • COMPASS – computer test
  • ASSET – paper-and-pencil test

Preparing for a Placement Test

A placement test cannot be failed. But you must still study! The test determines the classes you will be assigned to when you start college. Depending on your score, you may need to take additional developmental classes or begin regular college courses straight away. If you give yourself enough time to practice some of the abilities on the test, you boost your chances of passing and starting in a higher-level class than you would otherwise.

The website of your college may contain test preparation information or links to other test preparation websites. You can also visit your local library and borrow several GED practice books in math and language arts.

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