Placement Testing Information

Determining your Course Placement

Course placement helps ensure you can be successful in your courses. To determine your course placement, we'll first see if we're able to place you without a test. If we can't, or if you'd like to see if you can place higher by taking the tests, you'll then take two placement tests.

If you haven't completed your application yet, apply using the Steps to Enroll. In order to be placed for your courses, you'll need to know your L Number.

Step 1: Gather your information

Before we begin, see if you have any of the following:

  • Your high school GPA (approximate)
  • Your GED scores, if you've taken a GED test in the last 5 years. Look up GED scores
  • Your Smarter Balanced (OAKS) English Language Arts (from the last 5 years) or Math score (from the last 2 years). If you don't remember your score, contact your high school
  • Your SAT scores from the last 5 years. Look up SAT scores
  • Your ACT math scores from the last 2 years. Look up ACT scores
  • Your Advanced Placement scores from the last 5 years, in any of English & Composition, AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC. Look up AP Exam scores
  • Your International Baccalaureate Scores in English A Literature (Standard or High) or English A Literature & Language (Standard or High) from the last 5 years. Look up IB Exam scores
  • Your transcripts (including CollegeNow!)

If none of the above apply to you, you'll need to take the placement test.

Step 2: Complete the placement survey

This will take about five minutes. Afterward, you'll receive an email with your responses and whether you earned a placement or not.

Complete the Placement Survey

Step 3: Determine if you want or need to take a placement test

If you don't take the placement survey, or if it can't place you, you'll need to take a placement test. Depending on the information you provided, you may need to take a writing test, a math test, or both. If you placed below WR121 or MTH251, you can also choose to take a placement test in order to place higher. Taking a placement test cannot negatively impact your placement: the highest placement stands.

If the placement the placement survey was able to place you, return to the appropriate Steps to Enroll and continue to the next step.

If you need or want to take a placement test:

Before taking a placement test, it's very important to prepare to earn a more accurate placement.

Preparing or Writing Placement - Accuplacer Reading & Writing

Note: If you have already placed into or completed WR097, you only need to take the Reading test

Accuplacer Reading Sample Questions

Accuplacer Writing Sample Questions

Accuplacer Practice App

Preparing for Math Placement - ALEKS

ALEKS Math Placement is open-response (not multiple-choice), so you'll benefit greatly from preparing beforehand

After you create your ALEKS Account (log in with L# and myLane Password), take the unproctored Placement. Afterward, ALEKS will recommend a Prep and Learning Module. After completing the module, we recommend you spend at least three hours in Prep and Learning prior to your first proctored Placement.

Note: Researchers have found that 40% of students will improve their placement by at least one level with just two hours of work in a Prep and Learning Module

Access your ALEKS Account

Taking the Placement Test(s)

In-person testing is not available at this time (reopening date TBA). Virtual Testing is available, for those looking to improve their placement in Writing (submit a placement survey first to determine placement). You can still take the math placement from home. Contact us at testingoffice@lanecc.edu with any questions

Schedule your test on our main campus

Schedule your test on our main campus

What to Bring?

Photo ID is mandatory for all testing, by Testing vendor rules. We cannot make exceptions. Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Current driver's license
  • State-approved ID
  • High school ID
  • College ID
  • Current state or federal ID card
  • Current passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certification of citizenship

Know your L# and myLane password (ALEKS access).

We provide scratch paper and pencils. Nothing else (for example: calculator), is allowed to be used during testing. Food and drink can be kept directly outside of the testing room, you are free to take breaks when you want.

What to Expect?

Placement Testing is offered year round (with few exceptions) at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Check-in starts 15 minutes prior to testing, with group instructions introducing the tests and rules. If you would have difficulty making one of our standard start times, please let us know.

All placement tests are untimed and breaks are allowed. If you don't finish your test, you can resume the test another day.

This isn't a one attempt situation. If you aren't happy with your placement, there are retesting options

After the Test

Once you finish the test, your results will be instantly available. You will be instructed to print your results, which we will provide you upon exit from the testing room. We will help you interpret your results, and provide you with retesting information

Scores are uploaded to your student record within a business day of testing

Schedule Virtual Proctoring

Please complete the placement survey before attempting Virtual Testing

Schedule Virtual Proctoring

What to Bring?

Photo ID is mandatory for all testing, by Testing vendor rules. We cannot make exceptions. Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Current driver's license
  • State-approved ID
  • High school ID
  • College ID
  • Current state or federal ID card
  • Current passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certification of citizenship

Know your L# and myLane password (ALEKS access).

Be sure to have scratch paper and pencils available. Nothing else (for example: calculator), is allowed to be used during testing. You may keep a drink with you.

Scores are uploaded to your student record within a business day of testing

Interpreting your Results

Accuplacer Reading & Writing Scores

Accuplacer Reading & Writing scores are used to determine your starting level for college writing

There is no way to fail a placement test, but in most cases you will need to place into at least RD087 to start credit courses. Possible placements (in order): Adult Basic and Secondary Education, RD087, WR087, WR097 (WR093), WR115, and WR121. Find your placement by matching your reading and writing scores up on the link below:

Note: There is some overlap on WR087 and WR097 (WR093) placements

Writing Placement Score Matrix

Note: Accuplacer Classic placements are still good and can be interpreted in the above link

ALEKS Math Score

The ALEKS score is used to determine your starting level for college math. Every score on ALEKS results in a placement

Math Placement Score Matrix

There are different math course pathways for different programs, you will want to talk to an advisor. Here is a map of the Math Pathways:

Math Course Sequences

If you want to retest:

If you aren't happy with your scores, there are retest options on all placement tests.

For Accuplacer Reading & Writing, you are allowed two attempts on a section in the last three months

ALEKS PPL allows up to five attempts total in a one year period (an unproctored practice test counts as an attempt). If you have already tested, you can quickly access Prep and Learning for ALEKS.

To retest, please review the preparing for placement testing section above and sign up for a new appointment