RPCC offers the Accuplacer exam as our official placement test. The purpose of this test is to measure an individual’s current skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics so that appropriate placement in these subject areas can be determined. ACT, SAT and Compass scores are also accepted.
Who needs to take a placement test?
Any student in one of the degree programs listed below that has never taken a placement test or whose test scores are more than 3 years old. Acceptable placement tests are ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, and Compass.
- Any student applying to the LPN or Medical Assistant programs
- Any student enrolled through our DOW program
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Placement Chart for Math and English
When do I schedule the test?
Students take the placement test after being admitted to River Parishes Community College and before scheduling classes.
How long does the test take?
Because the test is not timed, the total time needed for testing will vary from student to student. Students completing all three portions of the Accuplacer exam can expect to spend between 1 and 3 hours on the test.
Where will I take the test?
Accuplacer Testing Sessions are offered at all campuses based on the testing schedule.
What do I need to bring to the test?
You will need to show photo identification in order to take the test. Everything needed in the testing room will be provided for you. The test program provides a calculator on the computer screen when appropriate.
What if I require special arrangements?
If you have a disability or a temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, please notify us at the time that you call to make test arrangements. There is no additional charge for these accommodations.
When will I receive my scores?
Results are generally available as soon as the test has been completed.
What is the fee for the test?
The fee for each individual test is $10.00. The cost for the complete test (reading, writing, and mathematics) is $30.00.
May I take the test more than once?
Individuals will occasionally request permission to retake all or part of the Accuplacer exam in an attempt to improve their scores. Permission to retest will be granted only if the student has neither begun nor completed a course at RPCC that is directly related to the subject area in which the student wishes to retest. For example, a student who has begun or completed a math course at RPCC will not be permitted to retake the mathematics portion of Accuplacer.
How can I prepare for the test?
Because this test is designed to measure knowledge and skills developed over a period of years, preparing for the test is not required. However, individuals wanting to refresh their knowledge of subject areas included on the test may find the web sites below helpful.
Grammar and Writing
Online Refresher Courses – Khan Academy