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 an online program, My Math Test, 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
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Review for Math; divided into separate math subjects (e.g. Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra,and Trigonometry).
WEBSITES/APPS FOR ENGLISH AND MATH REVIEW
ACCUPLACER WEB-BASED STUDY APP - $2.99
The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. You can access the site from your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of ACCUPLACER tests. 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
ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.
THE ACCUPLACER STUDY APP - $2.99
The Official ACCUPLACER® Study App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize you with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test. This App is not designed to serve as a substitute for an actual ACCUPLACER test, nor does it guarantee that you will receive a specific score on an actual ACCUPLACER test. Subjects include:
- Elementary Algebra
- College-Level Math
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Skills
COLLEGE BOARD - FREE
This link takes students to a complete ACCUPLACER English and Math Placement Test with accompanying answers. Includes ESL Reading Skills Test and College-Level Math Test.
GOLDENROD TEST SAMPLE
click here for .pdf version
This is a paper hand-out, available from the Assessment and 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 ESL Reading Skills or College-Level Math.
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