Rock Valley College Testing Center Introducing Students to
Rock Valley College Testing Center Introducing Students to ACCUPLACER An Inside Look at the Placement Test Includes the following tests: Reading Writing (English) Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAS) Arithmetic Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) ACCUPLACER Placement Test Determining Placement As a community college, Rock Valley College (RVC) provides different starting points for students interested in taking credit classes. We want to make sure that your journey at Rock Valley College begins at the best place for you. RVC determines your starting point/ placement by the best combination of the following: College and/or high school transcripts (including AP & CLEP). SAT, ACT, GED test scores (within 3 years)
ACCUPLACER scores. ACCUPLACER Placement Test What to Know About the Test 18-25 multiple-choice questions per test Computer-based No time limit No fee for 1st time 1 retest is available at $5.00/ test Students may not use a translator, calculator or other websites
Immediate score results Photo ID is required Testing accommodations approved by the Office ACCUPLACER Placement Test You will be asked to enter some background information such as Student ID, Name, and Address. These are the only screens that require you to type. If you need assistance completing it, we Reading
The ACCUPLACER Reading placement test measures your ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Four broad knowledge skill categories assessed Information & Ideas reading closely, central ideas & themes, summarizing, & understanding relationships. Rhetoric - analyzing text structure, point of view, purpose & arguments Vocabulary Synthesis analyzing multiple texts Reading Type 1
Stand-alone questions One question for one passage. Type 2 Type 3 Sets of questions Built around a common passage or passages. Grammatical Correction Choose a word or phrase that best fits the meaning of a sentence.
Reading Sample Question T Y P E 1 Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been writing about human technology interactions for the past three decades. She has become increasingly wary of the capacity of online spaces to fulfill us in the ways we seem to want them to. According to Turkle, part of the problem with the internet is that it encourages self-invention. At the screen, she writes in Alone Together (2011), you have a chance to write yourself into the person you want to be and to imagine others as you wish them to be, constructing them for your purposes. Its a seductive but dangerous habit of mind. The main purpose of the passage is to A. evaluate conflicting assessments B. present a sharp critique C. propose a necessary remedy D. provide background details
Reading Rationale Choice B is the best answer. The passage focuses mainly on presenting the critique of the Internet offered by Sherry Turkle, who has become increasingly wary of the capacity of online spaces to fulfill us in the ways we seem to want them to and feels that the Internet encourages a seductive but dangerous habit of mind. Reading Sample Question T Y P E 2 Deciding that none of the nominees was ___________ the award, the film committee began
reviewing a new group of candidates with better qualifications. A. B. C. D. known for pleased with worthy of interested in Reading Rationale Choice C is the best answer. Worthy of means deserving respect or praise, which is consistent with the idea in the sentence that the film committee began looking for new candidates for the award when the original nominee proved unsatisfactory. Choices A, B, and D are incorrect because it makes no sense on context do describe unsatisfactory nominees for an award as being known for or pleased with the
award (since none of them has received it) or interested in the award (since the nominees interest is irrelevant to their qualifications). Writing (English) The ACCUPLACER Writing placement test measures your ability to revise and edit a range of prose texts for effective expression of ideas and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. Two broad knowledge skill categories assessed Expression of Ideas development, organization, and effective language use. Standard English Conventions sentence structure, usage and punctuation.
Writing (English) Sample Passage (1) The prevalence of nectarines in US supermarkets today is directly related to the company started by two unrelated men who shared a last name, an inventive bent, and a drive to succeed. (2) Moving from Korea to the United States in 1914, Ho Charles Kim founded the Kim Brothers trucking company in California in 9121 with his friend Harry Kim. (3) Much of the freight their trucks carried in the early years were fruit grown in the San Joaquin valley. (4) Kim Brothers soon expanded to include nurseries, orchards, and fruit-packing sheds. (5) Eventually the operation became a major employer, providing year-round jobs for about two hundred people and up to four hundred part-time jobs during harvest season coming after growing season. (11) By the 1960s, Kim Brothers included more than five hundred acres of farmland and grossed more than $1 million annually. (12) Charles and Harry Kim were eventually recognized as the first millionaires of Korean descent. (13) They were also known for giving back to their community. (14) Charles was also instrumental in helping to create Los Angeless Koreatown (home today to more Koreans than any place other than North and South Korea). Writing (English)
Sample Questions 1. Which is the best version of the underlined portion of sentence 3 (reproduced below)? Much of the freight their trucks carried in the early years were fruit grown in the San Joaquin valley. A. (as it is now) B. have been C. are D. was 2. Which is the best decision regarding the underlined portion of sentence 5 (reproduced below)? Eventually the operation became a major employer, providing year-round jobs for about two hundred people and up to four hundred part-time jobs during harvest season coming after growing season. A. Leave it as it is now B. Revise it to when the crops were ready to 3. Sentence 13 is reproduced below. pick.
They wereit also known giving back to their community. D. DELETE it and end the sentence with a C. Revise to after thefor produce had ripened. period The writer is considering adding the following text at the end of the sentence. by building churches, funding scholarships, and establishing the Korean Association of Southern California Should the writer make this addition there? A. B. C. Yes, because it elaborates on the claim made at the beginning of the sentence. Yes, because it establishes the historical period in which Kim Brothers
operated. Correct Answer B C. No, because it introduces details that are irrelevant to the paragraphs focus on nectarines. Writing (English) Rationale 1. Choice D is the best answer. The singular was agrees with the singular subject much. 2. Choice D is the best answer. Deleting the underlined portion results in a clear, economical sentence. 3. Choice A is the best answer. The proposed addition expands in a relevant way on the notion of the Kims giving back to their community. Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics The ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics placement test measures your ability for selected mathematics content. Knowledge and skill categories assessed Rational
Numbers & Exponents Descriptive Statistics Probability & Sets Ratio & Proportional Relationships Linear Equations & Applications Geometry Concepts Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics
Sample Question Which of the following expressions is 5 times as much as the sum of r and s? A. A. B. B. C. C. D. D. 5xr+s 5+r+s r+sx5 (r + s) x 5 Rationa le Choice D is correct. The order of operations was used properly to write the expression. The sum of r and s in parentheses is found first, then multiplication is used to find the number that is 5 times the sum of r and s.)
Arithmetic The ACCUPLACER Arithmetic placement test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems involving fundamental arithmetic concepts. Number comparisons & equivalents Whole number operations Fraction Operations Percent Decimal operations Arithmetic Sample Question Which of the following fractions is equal to 0.06?
1 A. B. C. D. 1/6 1/ 60 6/10 6/100 Rationa le Choice D is correct. The number 0.06 is the same as six-hundredths, which when written as a fraction is 6/100 .) Advanced Algebra & Functions The Advanced Algebra and Functions placement test
measures your ability for selected mathematics content. Polynomial Equations Linear Equations & Applications Radical & Rational Equations Factoring & Functions Quadratics Exponential &
Logarithmic Equations Geometry & Trigonometry Concepts Advanced Algebra & Functions Sample Question Function g is defined by g(x) = 3(x + 8). What is the value of g(12)? 4 cm 9 cm A. 4 B. 20 C. 44 D. 60 Rationa le D is correct. The value of g(12) can be found by substituting 12 Choice for x in the equation for g(x). This yields g(12) = 3(12 + 8), which is
equivalent to 3(20) or 60).. Preparing for the ACCUPLACER greatly reduces Test Anxiety Ways to reduce your test anxiety: Prepare for the test Learn more about it; review sample questions Approach the exam with confidence Be well-rested Be sure to eat something before the test Allow yourself plenty of time Approximately two hours https:// accuplacerpractice.c ollegeboard.org/login After creating a free account for
the ACCUPLACER Study App, you can access a whole bank of questions that you can use to study. p Choosing the Learn as You Go option allows you to see the explanation behind every correct answer. The Tutoring Center offers free tutoring sessions for any student looking for help preparing for ACCUPLACER. Contact the Tutoring Center at (815) 921-2370. Taking the Placement Test Walk-in Testing: Monday Thursday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. No appointment needed. Photo I.D. required. Appointment Testing: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 p.m. and select Saturdays. Appointment REQUIRED (815) 921-2380 Photo I.D. required. Finals, holidays and summer hours vary visit: RockValleyCollege.edu/Testing.
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