TEST - EMERGENCY MESSAGE - TEST
You may NOT need to take an English placement test if any of the following apply:
YES! You should PREPARE thoroughly to place as high as your skills will allow.
Review grammar, reading, and math skills which you once learned and have since forgotten.
At the very least, practice tests will familiarize you with the style of test you will be taking; this may reduce test anxiety.
Remember that your “everyday, conversational English” may not be the same as Standard American English, which will be expected in college work (and on the placement test).
Know that math skills are lost quickly if not used; definitely review what you learned when last taking math in school.
Use the prep resources on this webpage or use textbooks, tutors, any of the other thousands of web sites available, call on friends who are talented in math or English…whatever works best for YOU.
Keep in mind that if you do not prepare and score low on the test:
You may be placed into remedial courses for English and/or math. This may be what you need, but you don’t want to place there because you did not prepare for the test.
Remedial classes consume your financial aid, may not “count” toward your program of study, and may not transfer to other institutions.
Taking remedial classes will increase the number of quarters attended and tuition dollars spent to reach your goal.
Testing when unprepared will use one of your two opportunities to take the test. If you need to retest, you will need to then prepare/review, pay another $25 fee, and your advising and registration may be delayed.
You may enroll in a college placement prep class at Basic and Transitional Studies, Room RS 2, 206-934-5363
To prepare on your own:
Native English speakers should prepare for the Wonderlic English test:
Test anxiety is not uncommon and can be debilitating. It is defined as an excessive concern over your ability to perform well in a test. Now, you need the good news. You CAN change your behavior. Below are a few tips I pass along to my students long before they sit for their first quiz. I hope this information will be of help to you.
Wonderlic, College Success, or COMPASS tests taken at another college may be used for placement at South if: