All students are encouraged to pre-review before taking the placement tests. It makes good sense to pre-review. It will help you to place higher, which means you will save time (fewer classes to take) and money (fewer classes to pay for) and you will accomplish your educational goals that much faster. Review is particularly important for math – if you know you've forgotten your basic math or basic algebra, take some time to review the basics, and you'll be surprised what comes back to you. Reviewing for placement testing will help you get into classes that will be much more interesting and challenging for you.
The following websites are recommended for preparation:
WEBSITES FOR MATH REVIEW
MY MATH TEST - FREE
El Camino College students have access to My Math Test, an online program, which has practice tests and creates an individualized study program specifically for the ECC Math Placement Test. For instructions how to access this free service, go to the above website. My Math Test is highly recommended by the Math Division. Please note--there is no charge if you use the aforementioned web address. If you go directly to MyMathTest.com, there is a fee.
KHAN ACADEMY - FREE
Review for Math; divided into separate math subjects (e.g. Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, etc.)
WEBSITES/APPS FOR ENGLISH AND MATH REVIEW
ACCUPLACER WEB-BASED STUDY APP - FREE
The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App features practice tests in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. Does not include an ESL practice test. For computer, tablet, and Smartphone. The Study App site includes the following features:
- "Learn As You Go" tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
- Sample Tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
- Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
- Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses
- 6 months of access to the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App
COLLEGE BOARD - FREE
This link takes students to a complete ACCUPLACER English and Math Placement Test with accompanying answers. This one includes both the ESL Reading Skills Test and the College-Level Math Test.
GOLDENROD TEST SAMPLE
click here for .pdf version
This is a paper hand-out, available from the Assessment/Testing Center and the Information Desk in the Student Services Center Lobby. It is a completely different test sample than the one on the College Board website above. Does not include an ESL practice test nor the College-Level Math Test.
OTHER VALUABLE WEBSITES
READING SUCCESS CENTER - FREE
The Reading Success Center is a new reading resource center designed to support all ECC students with their reading course load. Our trained specialists will work with students individually to help them become better readers. Students will learn reading strategies that will not only help in classes right now, but throughout all academic endeavors and beyond.
TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER - FREE
Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
- Over 300 practice tests and courses
- Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
- Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
- Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
- Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
- Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations