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Test Preparation

Test Preparation

How should you prepare for a testing experience?


Let's say you come to the Computer Commons one day needing to take one of our tests. Did you just arrive from a 15 hour flight? Did you just get here from working the graveyard shift? If so, you should probably take the test another time.


Are you sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and/or feverish? Do we even need to tell you it's not a good time to take the test?

Seriously, you shouldn't take the test if you're sick. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, so if you are sick then please come back when you're feeling better.


Your brain will refuse to cooperate properly if you're hungry. You'll want to make sure you've had a relatively fulfilling meal soon before testing. It really will make a difference.


No, seriously. The people who designed these tests and the people who administer them - we're all people who have taken tests in our lives. We know that taking a test can be a stressful experience. However, these tests have been designed to help you succeed in college. Your placements helps you learn which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.


The most important thing to keep in mind when taking any test is to follow directions, follow directions, and follow directions.

If you're told you've got plenty of time and not to rush, then take your time and do not rush.

If you're told you're being timed and you shouldn't spend too much time on any one question, then, well, you get the picture.

Testing Rules

  • Students must have submitted the online admissions application before testing.
  • We strongly encourage you to complete your online orientation before testing.
  • Students must show photo identification. State-issued ID/licenses are best, but passports, IDs from BCC and other colleges and high school IDs are acceptable.
  • Bring a pen/pencil with you.
  • Dictionaries or calculators are not allowed.
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set to silent mode.
  • Radios, iPods and MP3 players are not permitted in the Computer Commons.
  • Children are not allowed in the Computer Commons.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Computer Commons.

Timing The Accuplacer Online assessment test can stopped and restarted another day.

Test results: Accuplacer Online results are available promptly upon completion of tests. Test results are uploaded to a student's record within 1-2 working days.

Retesting: Students who go one year or more without enrolling or attempting to complete coursework in a given subject area can appeal to retest in that area. Students can appeal to retest sooner than one year if they can provide compelling evidence that the initial placement level is not an accurate reflection of their ability or with proof that an appropriate academic intervention has occurred. The form to appeal for retesting is available in the Counseling Department.

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