What to Expect

Format

The placement test has multiple parts. The first part of the placement test is a 30-minute handwritten Writing Sample. After the Writing Sample, you will complete additional testing on Math and Reading skills. If your first language is not English, you may also complete a Speaking & Listening test. These sections are computerized and untimed.

The placement test is offered most weeks on Monday-Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, walk-in placement testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis as space is available most Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Most students complete all sections of the placement test in about 3 hours, though the time it takes you will depend on your test-taking style, knowledge of the material, and comfort with the skills necessary to use a computerized test.

What to Bring

You must bring a current government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or military ID card, with you to the test. You may use a high school ID card only if you are currently enrolled in high school. If you do not have a photo ID with you at check in, you will be required to reschedule your test for another day. Information about obtaining an ID from Pennsylvania is available at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

You may bring an approved calculator with you for the math portion of the test. If you do not have a calculator, one will be provided to you.

All other necessary supplies, including pens and paper, will be provided for you. No food or drink is allowed in testing.

Registering For Classes

When you complete your placement test, you will be directed to schedule RACC Ready orientation or schedule an appointment with an advisor. RACC Ready is required for all new degree-seeking students. You should schedule RACC Ready or your advising appointment for approximately 1 week after your placement test to ensure that all your test results are received before your appointment. During RACC Ready or your advising appointment, an advisor will review your program (major) selection, discuss your placement test scores, help you understand the process of enrolling in college, discuss your financial arrangements, and help you register for your first semester.

Early Admissions: Placement test results are not used as a basis for admission to the college except in the case of the student applying under the Early Admissions program. Early Admissions students may only enroll if they place at the college level.

Non-High Graduates: Based on their placement test scores, some students without a high school diploma or G.E.D. may be required to complete coursework in Community Education prior to enrolling in credit courses.