The Placement Evaluation assesses students’ skill levels in English and mathematics to help determine which courses they should take first to be successful. Each student takes tests in reading comprehension, writing and mathematics.
After completing the Placement Evaluation and receiving the scores, the student meets with an advisor to discuss the results and plan classes accordingly. Students may be required to makeup certain basic skill deficiencies. The College reserves the right to require special courses, when it is in the best interest of the student’s academic success.
The Placement Evaluation is administered on a computer and is very easy to use, even for prospective students with little or no computer experience. An administrator is present to answer questions or assist first-time computer users. Each evaluation is designed using computer adaptive techniques. This means the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on responses to prior questions. Adaptive techniques “zero in” on just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult. Because the test is adaptive, students are required to answer fewer questions and are properly placed in a challenging yet manageable class. All tests are multiple choice. The test is not timed so students can do their very best. Prospective students should contact Student Services or the Testing Center to make an appointment. Review packets are available in both places.
Most students need to take a course placement evaluation prior to enrollment. Besides the College’s test, other valid instruments may be used. Placement scores are essential for proper advising and course placement decisions. Glen Oaks Community College reserves the right to require special courses, when it is in the best interest of the student’s academic success. The course placement exam will help identify student strengths and weaknesses before beginning classes at the College. A student is required to take the placement evaluation, unless:
- The student has documented a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. (However, if credits to be used toward a degree are over 10 years old the student with a bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be expected to take the Course Placement Evaluation.)
- The student is enrolling only in a course for which he or she has met the prerequisite by transferring math credit taken within five years from another college.
- The student is enrolling only in a course for which he or she has met the prerequisite by transferring English credit taken within ten years from another college.
- The non-degree seeking student is enrolling only in courses with no prerequisites.
- The student is taking courses from Continuing Education.
- The student has received the minimum ACT or SAT1 scores listed below.
American College Testing (ACT)
|English||19 or greater|
|Reading||19 or greater|
|Mathematics||23 or greater|
College Entrance Examination Board (SAT)
|Verbal||450 or greater|
|Mathematics||560 or greater (taken in 2016 or later)|
|Reading||25 or greater|
|Writing||26 or greater|
|Math||29 or greater|
Additional assessments may be required by the Academic Division offering the degree or certificate.
Adopted by Board of Trustees May 8, 2002, revised 9/14/05, reviewed 8/13/14.