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CLC English Placement Test

What is the CLC English Placement Test?

Students who plan to enroll in credit-bearing classes at CLC are required to meet basic proficiencies before they can register for classes. Students may demonstrate that they meet College Readling and Writing Readiness (CRWR) in other ways, but CLC also offers placement testing that students may use for this purpose. CLC Placement testing is also used to place students into coursework that matches their skill level.

Do I need to take the English Placement Test?

Many incoming students find that they do need to take the English Placement Test to satisfy the College Reading and Writing Readiness (CRWR) for English Language proficiency, which is a requirement for many CLC classes. This test is one way of demonstrating CRWR. Students planning to enroll in CLC courses and unable to demonstrate CRWR through other means are required to take the English Placement Test to determine initial placement. See specific course requirements in the current catalog, or talk to a CLC advisor.


Should I study for this test?

Yes! Studying for your CLC English Placement Test could increase your chance of placing into college-level (credit-bearing) coursework, allowing you to progress toward your degree or transfer more quickly. Studying now could save you a great deal of time and tuition dollars later, so it’s definitely worth reviewing before taking your CLC Placement Test(s). 

Where can I find study materials?

There’s a FREE STUDY APP! The app is accessible to most devices with internet access, and provides sample questions similar to those on the actual test plus explanations of correct/incorrect answers. You can track your study progress, identify areas for improvement, and come back as often as you like. You’ll just need to create your own login once, and then use it each time you want to access the app. In addition, study materials are available at the Testing Center and the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center.


How do I sign up?

You don’t need to! CLC placement testing is available on a walk-in basis (no appointment necessary) at all three CLC campus Testing Centers. Testing hours at each campus vary throughout the year, and campus is closed on Fridays/Saturdays during summer session. Please be sure to check the web calendar at your preferred CLC Testing Center to be sure testing will be available when you plan to arrive on campus, and that you have enough time to take your test(s).

How much does it cost?

CLC English Placement Test is available at no cost for students who have applied to CLC.

How long does it take?

The exam is untimed, so you can take as much time as you need. In order to allow plenty of time to do your best, we suggest you leave a minimum of an hour for the test.

What do I need to take the test?

You’ll need a current CLC ID card or current government-issued photo ID and your CLC ID number. You may bring a pencil, or you may borrow one from us. Please note that you’ll be required to store your belongings and turn off all electronic devices during testing.


What’s the test format?

The exam questions are all multiple-choice. You’ll read each question and then select an answer from the four available choices. The test is computer adaptive, meaning questions are chosen for you based on your previous answers. This method allows your test questions to be individualized. Because of this adaptive format, you won’t be able to go back and change your answers, so it’s important to give each question careful consideration before submitting your answer and moving on. For examples of typical test questions, please access the free Accuplacer Study App.

Can I flag questions or change my answers?

No. Unlike on some other exams, once you select an answer and move to the next question, you cannot go back and change a previous answer. Because of this, it’s recommended that you take your time, check your answers and then carefully select each answer before moving on to the next question.

Will I be able to see my score when I’m done?

Yes, a score report is generated at the end of each test, but the numbers probably won’t mean much to you because scoring does not follow a standard 0-100 format. When you check out after testing, Testing Center staff will briefly outline your course placement options based on your score, and you’ll be given a paper score report for your reference. If you have further questions about specific course placement, you’re encouraged to speak to a CLC advisor or an advisor in your field of study.

What if I took the CLC English Placement Test and didn’t do as well as I planned? Can I take the test again?

If you took the test and your score does not demonstrate College Reading and Writing Readiness (CRWR), it may be possible to take the test again. A CLC counselor/advisor will determine if you are eligible to retest. If so, the counselor/advisor will give you a written referral form, which is required for retesting. Eligible students are limited to one retest per 12 month period, and must wait at least 2 days (48 hours) before retesting.