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Test Preparation

Tips for a positive testing experience

Take time to refresh yourself in the general concepts of English and math, especially if it has been a year or more since your last English or math class. View some sample questions to familiarize yourself with the test's format.  Click here to view our list of recommended websites.

Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before your appointment.  It is not recommended to schedule your assessment test right after working the graveyard shift or on a day in which you plan on being very busy.   If so, you should probably take the test another time.

Once you have scheduled your appointment for your assessment test, plan your day so that you are not rushing to your appointment.  Make sure you set time aside to find a parking spot, pay for parking and locate the building.


  • Students may purchase a temporary parking permit at a Parking Pay Station in LOTS A or B and across the Library near College Way.  
  • Arrive for your appointment at least 20 minutes early.
  • Call Parking Services at (951) 222-8521/8522 with any parking questions/concerns.

Assessment Center Location:

  • The Assessment Center is located on the 1st floor of the Wilfred J. Airey Library; inside the Learning Resource Center.  Click here to view a campus map

Are you sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and/or feverish?  It is highly discouraged to take your assessment test when you are not feeling your best.  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 before testing. It really will make a difference.

Keep calm and just breathe. The people who designed these tests and the people who administer them are all people who have also taken tests.  We understand that testing can be a stressful experience and we encourage you to follow the tips mentioned above.  However, these tests have been designed to help you succeed in college. Your placements help 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.
  • 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, be mindful of the time and do your best.

Testing Rules

  • Students must have submitted the online admissions application at least 1-2 working days before testing.
  • Students must show photo identification. State-issued ID/licenses are best, but passports, IDs from other colleges and high school IDs are acceptable.
  • Dictionaries or calculators are not allowed in the Assessment Center. (Calculators are allowed for the Chemistry Test.)
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set to silent mode.
  • Radios, iPods and MP3 players are not permitted in the Assessment Center.
  • Children are not allowed in the Assessment Center.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Assessment Center.

Timing: The Accuplacer Online Assessment test can be stopped and restarted another day. All other tests administered in the assessment lab are strictly timed.

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: One retest is allowed within a 5 year period starting from the original test date.

  • Students may request a retest in the Assessment Center if: 
    • Placement results on file are over a year and a day AND enrollment into English, reading or math courses has not yet occurred.
    • A grade of at least a “C” or “P” has been earned after completing an RCCD math or English course.

Students can appeal to retest sooner 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. Please visit the Counseling Office for assistance with the appeal process.