Testing and Assessment

Type: 
Procedure
Category: 
Students
Department: 
Counseling
Phone: 
(541) 463-5004
Primary Contact: 
Lora Dietmeyer
Contact Email: 
Responsible Executive Authority: 
Executive Dean, Student Affairs
Purpose: 

Students and prospective students have access to a wide variety of tests and assessments. This procedure describes the more common tests available at Lane, and the role of College counselors and academic advisors in the referral and interpretation of these tests.

Narrative: 

Students and prospective students have access to a wide variety of tests and assessments.  They may take tests that assess their interests, values, abilities, personality traits, aptitudes, and achievements.  Many assessments and tests require the referral of a counselor/academic advisor and an interpretation of the results by a counselor/academic advisor afterwards.  The most commonly used tests are described below.

Most assessment & testing is done at the Testing Office on the 30th Avenue campus.  Limited testing and assessment services are available at the Lane Downtown Center.  For information, call (541) 463-5940.  Limited testing services are also available at LCC at Cottage Grove, LCC at Florence and the Community Learning Centers.

Placement Tests for College Students in Reading, Writing, and Math

The College Board Accuplacer™  software is used for the reading and writing placement tests.  A majority of new entering students are required to take this cluster of tests.  The results of the reading and writing tests determine the best starting place for students taking courses in the Language, Literature and Communication department, as well as in the Academic Learning Skills departments.  The math placement tests determine the best starting place for students in courses requiring mathematical knowledge.

General Educational Development Test (GED)

This test is designed for people who have not finished high school and who wish to receive the Certificate of General Educational Development.  It has five subtests:  Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Reading, and Mathematics.  The maximum time allowed is seven hours and 5 minutes.  Examinees must be 18 years old (unless the person has a high school release) and provide personal identification.  GED testing is scheduled according to demand and staff availability.  Advanced registration is required through the Testing Office.   Cost:  $75.  For more information, see GED Testing Information.

Federal Aviation Administration Written Exams (FAA)

Candidates for various categories of aircraft maintenance and piloting take these exams.  Different exams require various kinds of authorization and identification.  FAA testing is done Monday through Friday.  Cost: $100 per test. For more information, see FAA Testing.

Strong Interest Inventory and Career Assessment Inventory

These two vocational interest inventories provide people with information about how similar their interests are to those of satisfied adults working in various occupations.  Cost:  $12 per profile.  Note:  A counselor's referral is required.

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey

This inventory assesses people's interests and estimates of skill in doing various activities.  It produces an integrated report useful for career planning.  Cost:  $12.  Note:  A counselor's referral is required.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

This personality assessment rates a person's preferences for ways of looking at things and deciding to do things.  It produces ratings on four dimensions derived from psychologist C. G. Jung's theory of personality.  Cost:  $12.  Note:  A counselor's referral is required.

Testing for International Students, Immigrants, and ESL Students

This testing is handled in several different ways.  Currently, international students applying to Lane for college credit courses take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); it is not given at Lane.  Immigrants,  ESL, and international students on F-1 visas take the regular reading, writing, and math entrance tests.

Screening Tests

Certain programs limit their enrollment to students who meet prerequisite skills.  The following limited enrollment programs require screening tests offered at the Testing Office:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Health Records Technology
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Respiratory Care
Date Adopted: 
Saturday, May 1, 1999
Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, January 1, 2009