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Procedures For Repeating Tests at El Camino College

 

 

Please read first:  Most tests administered by the El Camino College Assessment/Testing Office may be repeated once (without written permission).  However, some cannot be repeated at all, such as the Chemistry Placement Test and Contemporary Health Waiver Exam.  Please see information below for specifics regarding the test you have in mind to repeat.  Requests to repeat a test for a second and final time must be pre-approved by petitioning the appropriate Division Dean.  Petition forms are available from the Assessment/Testing Office.



BASIC GUIDELINES:



In order to improve your scores, obtain sample test information from the ECC Testing Web page (www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/assessmenttesting/) or from the Assessment/Testing Office.
In addition, the following two websites may be found useful in improving your scores:

http://accuplacer-test.com/accuplacer-practice-solutions.htm

http://www.khanacademy.org
 
Re-testing may not occur on the same day for systemic technical reasons.

Placements are based upon highest score received for each individual test.

There is no fee for repeating tests.

All placements are "Recommended".  If you have strong concerns about your final placement results, you should speak with your Counselor or the appropriate Division Dean.



PLACEMENT TESTS:



ENGLISH PLACEMENT:  Reading Comprehension
ENGLISH PLACEMENT:  Sentence Skills

Each of the two parts of the English Placement Test may be repeated once (without written permission) and for a second and final time (by petition), provided that you have not already enrolled into nor completed any course(s) in that particular sequence (Reading or Writing).  For example, if you have already enrolled into or completed a Reading course at ECC, you may not repeat the Reading Comprehension Test.  (Courses may not be skipped by repeating the test.)  Petition forms are available from the Assessment/Testing Office.


MATH PLACEMENT:  Arithmetic
MATH PLACEMENT:  Elementary Algebra
MATH PLACEMENT:  College-Level Math

Each math test may be repeated once (without written permission) and for a second and final time (by petition), provided that you have not already enrolled into nor completed any course(s) in the math sequence at El Camino College.  (Courses may not be skipped by repeating the test.)  Petition forms are available from the Assessment/Testing Office.

(For Math Competency Test, see below under OTHER TESTS.)


ESL PLACEMENT:  Reading Skills
ESL PLACEMENT:  Writing Sample
ESL PLACEMENT:  Oral Interview

One or more parts of the ESL Assessment may be repeated upon the recommendation of the ESL Coordinator.  (Courses may not be skipped by repeating the test.)  Student should contact the ESL Coordinator directly for permission to re-test (petition not required).


CHEMISTRY:  Chemistry Placement Test

The Chemistry Placement Test may not be repeated.  A student may petition the Dean of Natural Sciences for re-consideration of course placement.  Petition forms are available from the Assessment/Testing Office.  Documentation in the form of previous course work (transcripts) must accompany the submitted petition.



ATB (Ability-To-Benefit) TESTS:

ACCUPLACER     [for native speakers of English]:

The ACCUPLACER ATB Test is the same test that is used for English and Math Placement at El Camino College.  However, when taken as an ATB Test, particular tests must be administered, completed, and passed on the same day.

REPEAT POLICY BEGINNING JULY 1, 2011:  Within any three-month period, you will be permitted an initial test and one re-test.  There is a two-week waiting period between the first and second tests.  If you do not pass after the second test, you must wait three months from the date of the initial test to try again.  In addition, for the third and any subsequest attempts, you will be required to bring in proof of instructional intervention, such as one of the following:  1) a transcript showing completion of a class or classes* to improve your English and/or Math Skills, or 2)  a print-out showing completion of a computerized basic skills program in the Learning Center, or 3) self-review on the above recommended websites.  The proof should indicate to the Testing Office Staff that your scores will improve on the next attempt.

*see ATB information sheet for course suggestions (available in Testing Office)

CELSA (Combined English Language Skills Assessment)    
[for non-native speakers of English]:

Please note:  It is required that if an ATB candidate qualifies for, and takes the CELSA Test, he/she must subsequently enroll into ESL courses at El Camino College.  (If this is not the intent of the student, the student must take the ACCUPLACER ATB Test and not the CELSA.) 

REPEAT POLICY:  The CELSA may be taken once, and if not passed, may be repeated up to three more times.  After the second attempt, you must wait 3 months before taking the test again.  In addition, for the third and fourth attempts, you will be required to bring in proof of instructional intervention, such as one of the following:  1) a transcript showing completion of a class* to improve your Reading Skills, or 2)  a print-out showing completion of a computerized basic skills program in the Learning Center, or 3) self-review on the above recommended websites.  The proof should indicate to the Testing Office that your scores will improve on the next attempt.

Please note:  The U.S. Department of Education has established all guidelines for repeating ATB Tests, not El Camino College.  We are obligated to follow all Federal guidelines exactly as they are stated to us.



OTHER TESTS:

CONTEMPORARY HEALTH:

The Contemporary Health Waiver Exam may be taken only once.  If a student does not pass the exam, a Contemporary Health course must be taken and completed to satisfy the graduation requirement.

MATH COMPETENCY (ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra or College-Level Math Test, depending upon when student began attending ECC):

The Math Competency Test may be taken up to three times.  At least one week must transpire between the first and second testings, and the second and third testings.  Students are highly encouraged to review subject material before taking or re-taking the exam.  Test topics for the Elementary Algebra Test and the College-Level Math Test may be found on the Testing Web Page or obtained in person from the Testing Office.  For the third and final testing, a Petition form must be obtained from the Testing Office and taken to the Dean of Mathematical Sciences for his signature.  In addition to the Petition, documentation in the form of high school/college transcripts showing the student's academic background in algebra, must be attached as part of justification to repeat the test.  Moreover, a student may be asked to describe what they have done in preparation for re-testing.



 


 Last Published 5/30/14