Placement Testing Information

Announcements

Testing dates and times are limited and are not available on a daily basis. Testing times are extremely limited the week before each term begins. If you plan to take the placement tests to enroll at Lane, or if you need to retest, please make your appointment early.

Accuplacer Reading and Sentence skills scores never expire, but Math scores expire after 4 terms (one year).

If you have not had a math course within the previous 4 terms and would like to continue taking math courses, you will need to test.

Placement Testing Information

Note: Study first - It is important to give yourself time to review before taking your placement tests. It could save you time and money!

Here are some Study Resources:

Schedule an Appointment

When should I take placement tests as a new student to Lane?

  • If you are a new student who has never been to college before, please make sure you start at the "Steps to Enroll for First Time in College Students" and sign up for testing as soon as possible before the term you are wanting to attend. There are deadlines.
  • If you are a new student with Prior College credits, please make sure you start at the "Steps to Enroll for Prior College Students" and sign up for testing as soon as possible before the term you are wanting to attend. There are deadlines.

Which placement tests should I take?

  • If you are a new student and have not taken college courses, you should take all three tests (reading, writing and math) in order to be properly advised at your New Student Academic Advising Session.
  • If you are a new student, but have taken Advanced Placement (AP) classes and passed the test for Writing and/or Math you may not need to take the placement in those areas.  Please go to the Math or English department with your transcript before making a testing appoint.
  • If you have taken a writing class at another college, you may not need to take the reading and writing test. As directed in the "Steps to Enroll", meet with an academic advisor with an official or unofficial transcript to find out if testing can be waived. Some majors (for example, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Culinary, etc.) need specific placement testing. Be sure to check with your academic advisor and the application to your program to see which tests you need. Requirements do change. Many courses have specific math pre-requisites.
  • Check the schedule of courses, the college catalog, AND with your academic advisor to ensure you are taking the proper placement tests for the courses you need.

Am I eligible to use my high school Smarter Balanced assessment scores to waive the required Lane Placement tests?

  • Oregon high school students with Smarter Balanced statewide assessment test results in English Language Arts and Mathematics may be able to receive a waiver from taking the required Lane Community College Placement tests if they meet certain criteria. Go here for more information.

How soon after testing can I register for classes?

Complete the Steps to Enroll for First Time in College Students.

What if I have prior college experience?

Do I need to take the Math placement test if I have taken Math previously?

  • If you have taken a Math course at Lane within the past 4 terms, you are able to register for the next course now. If it has been more than one year (past 4 terms) since your last Math course, you must take a Math placement test to enroll in a Math class at Lane. Important! If you have taken a math course at another college within the past year (past 4 terms), you DO NOT need to take the Math placement test. Take an unofficial transcript to the Mathematics Division - Bldg. 16, Rm. 166, (541) 463-5392; to be cleared for the next course in the Math sequence.

How do I get a Pre-Requisite override for college level Writing and Math I've previously taken?

  • If you are planning on taking classes with a writing pre-requisite at Lane, and have taken a Writing Course or have taken a math course in the last 4 terms, take an unofficial transcript to the Literature, Language and Communication Division - Center Building, Rm. 457 (541) 463-5419; or the Math Department, Building 16, Room 166, (541) 463-5392; to get a pre-requisite override.

How much will the placement test cost?

  • Placement testing in Reading, Writing, and Math is free for LCC students and prospective students. If you are planning on becoming a student at Lane Community College, please fill out an online admissions form, wait to receive your student L number (usually within 24 hours) and make a testing appointment (see below) before coming in to the Testing Office to take the placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Math.
  • We are unable to release placement test scores to other institutions without written permission.

Which placement tests are available?

  • Accuplacer/CPTS Reading Comprehension Test, a computer-administered test, with 20 multiple choice questions, is untimed and has instant scoring. Reading score range, see link:
  • Accuplacer/CPTS Sentence Skills Test, a computer-administered test, 20 multiple choice questions, multiple is untimed and has instant scoring. Writing score range, see link:
  • Accuplacer/CPTS math test, is either a computer-administered or a paper-and-pencil test. It places students into courses from Math 10 up to College Algebra and covers basic arithmetic, advanced arithmetic, introductory algebra and intermediate algebra. Math score range, see link: Before taking the placement tests it is extremely important for you to review at Accuplacer for Students.
  • Writing 121 Waiver Exam information

Retests: What are the rules?

  • Please review the first time so that you will not need to retest.
  • Reading test - You MUST wait 3 months to retest in reading. Starting winter term there will be a retest fee.
  • Sentence Skills test - You MUST wait 3 months to retest in writing.
  • Math test - You may retest as soon as the next day. If you do not achieve your goal on this second try, you should take the recommended course or wait three months to retest again. You may view the Math Review Sheets online or they may be purchased at the LCC Bookstore. Also see our page of study resources and study tips.

What if I need to take the test and I'm not going to be a Lane student?

  • If you need to take the Reading, Writing, or Math placement tests, but are NOT planning on becoming a Lane student, and/or you want your test scores sent to another school, there is a small testing fee of $15.00 that you will need to pay at Enrollment Services. Please contact the Testing Office at: TestingOffice@lanecc.edu or call (541) 463-5324 to make an appointment. Make sure to bring your receipt to your testing appointment.

How can I prepare for the placement tests?

  • The purpose of the tests is to help you identify what your abilities are now so you can choose the best courses for you to succeed academically.
  • You will find that the Math tests match what is taught in prerequisite Math courses. You may view the Math Review Sheets online or buy them at the Lane Titanstore.
  • You may also review by completing practice problems in the Math Placement Prep online review site. Once there, login to Moodle, or if you do not have Moodle access, use this review site instead. There you will also find resources to help you prepare for the Math tests. If you have questions about the Math Placement Prep online review site, please contact the Math Division.
  • Also see the links on our Study Strategy page.

What are good strategies for taking computer-administered tests?

  • Accuplacer is an "adaptive" test. It gives you one question at a time. You must answer every question it presents. When you get a question correct, the computer adapts by giving a harder question worth more points for the next question. A wrong answer gives you an easier question worth fewer points for the next question. Be sure to try to the best of your ability on each question. Work carefully at a medium speed, pay attention, and avoid missing questions that you could have gotten correct. See sample questions and test strategies for Accuplacer at: Accuplacer for students.
  • We have work stations for left-handed people, NOVA desks for people more comfortable looking down at a monitor, and paper and pencil tests for people who are uncomfortable with computers.
  • Please ask if you need special accommodations or have special concerns.

What about dictionaries, calculators and notes?

  • Students are not allowed to use a dictionary of any kind during testing.
  • Calculators are available in the software of the test only, you are not allowed to use a handheld calculator.
  • Notes, Math Review Sheets, and study aids may NOT be used while testing.

More information

If you need assistance, contact Testing at: TestingOffice@lanecc.edu.

If you have a documented disability, we will work with you and Center for Accessible Resources to provide you with approved accommodations.

This information is available in alternate formats upon request by contacting Center for Accessible Resources: (541) 463-5150 (voice), (541) 463-3079 (TTY), or email: accessibleresources@lanecc.edu