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Frequently asked Questions
Can I look at practice assessment questions?
The following website is designed to view sample questions: http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.
To view ENL (English Native Language) sample questions click on "Writing Skills" and "Reading".
To view ESL (English Second Language) or ATB-ESL sample questions click on "Listening", "Reading" and "Grammar/Usage".
To view Math sample questions click on "Mathematics".
When can I take the (assessment) placement test again?
If eligible, students may test once per cycle. The cycles run from February to September each year. Their assessment results will be valid for two years from the assessment date. Once a student enrolls in English and/or Math class and receives a letter grade (or CR/NCR), the student is no longer eligible to re-test in that subject and must then follow the English/Math sequence (see pages 138 & 152 in the 2010-2012 LA Harbor College Catalog).
How long is the (assessment) placement test?
The English/ESL and Math tests are computerized and are not timed. The average time per section is 32 minutes. Before the tests the student fills out demographics questions regarding personal information such as name, address, major, etc. This is the only time students have to type any information as the actual test is all multiple choice. The ESL test is composed of three sections, Listening, Reading and Grammar/Usage; the average time for the assessment is 2 hours. The English (ENL) test is composed of two sections Writing and Reading; the average time for the assessment is 1.5 hours. The Math test takes an average time of half an hour. After taking a test students will go through an orientation which is followed by a quiz, which will take approximately half an hour. So if a student is planning to take both ENL/ESL and math test it would take about 3 hours. Students should never rush through these tests and should give themselves enough time in their schedules to complete them.
Can I use a calculator during the (assessment) placement test?
No calculator may be used during the placement test. You will receive scratch paper and pencil to work out math problems.
How can I make an appointment for an assessment test?
Assessment appointments are made online at http://www.lahc.edu/sars/assessment/eSARS.asp, by calling (310) 233-4072, or at the Assessment Center Office SSA Room 118. Please check our testing calendar online for testing dates for each month http://www.lahc.edu/studentservices/matriculation/assessment.html
Is there a fee for assessment testing?
There is no fee for testing.
When do I get my (assessment) placement results?
If everything is working correctly you will get your placement results at the end of your testing session after you finish your orientation.
What do I need to bring with me the day of the assessment test?
Students must show a valid picture identification card and know their student identification number (88- _ _ _- _ _ _ _), in order to take any test and to receive testing results. The valid picture identification documents that may be used to show at the time of testing or to receive placement results are State Identification or License, Passport, or Government issued identification cards.
Where is the Assessment Center?
The Assessment Center Office is located in Room 118 and the Assessment Center Lab in Room 120 of the Student Services and Administration Building.
I lost my placement results. How do I get another copy?
You may go online to view or print your placement results by logging in to the Student Information System: https://eweb3.laccd.edu/WebStudent/signon.asp
What is the Orientation?
The Orientation is a PowerPoint presentation that informs students about services offered by the school as well as rules and policies.
What is the Assessment Center's telephone number?
The office telephone number is (310) 233-4072.
Where can I get an assessment calendar?
What are the Assessment Center's office hours?
For up to date office hours please call the Assessment Center at (310) 233-4072.
Can I take the ATB/ATB-ESL test?
As of July 1, 2012 the ATB/ATB-ESL test is no longer given. If you have further questions contact the Financial Aid office at (310) 233-4320.
What are my testing scores?
There are no scores given. Your placement results show the level of English/English as a Second Language and/or Math that you placed into.
Can you send my results to another school?
The Assessment Center does not send student test results to other institutions. You may go online to view or print your placement results by logging in to the Student Information System: https://eweb3.laccd.edu/WebStudent/signon.asp