New students should complete the following assessments to meet pre-requisites for courses in English writing and reading, and Mathematics courses, and to obtain useful information about current writing skills, reading comprehension level, and reading rate (speed). Writing skills and reading comprehension levels are directly linked to successful completion of college-level coursework. Mathematics skills are essential for completion of an Associates degree, and for transfer to any four-year college or university.
The English and Mathematics assessments are computer-administered, and are NOT timed. The English as a Second Language assessment is computer-administered but NOT timed.
English (not timed)
The English test measures reading and writing skills. The first section is composed of passages followed by questions regarding the content. The second section asks students to find and correct errors in essays presented on the computer screen. It is administered on the computer and is not timed. Note: this assessment may meet competency for graduation, see counselor.
Mathematics (not timed)
It is administered on the computer and is not timed. No calculators are allowed.
English as a Second Language (ESL) (not timed)
The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes. There are three sections: listening, reading, and grammar. (Administered only by appointment. Call 916-691-7332 to schedule an appointment)
AA/AS Degree Graduation Competencies
Reading and Mathematics graduation competencies may be satisfied by passing timed competency tests, or by completing specific courses as listed in the Graduation Requirements section of the Catalog. Please see your counselor to determine whether an examination is appropriate.
Reading (computer-administered, 1.5 hours)
If you are preparing for graduation and have not completed English Reading 310 with a grade of "C" or better, you may take the Reading Competency test to meet the reading proficiency requirement for Los Rios an AA/AS degree. Reading Competency to Graduate may only be taken twice, with a semester wait between attempts in the Fall or Spring semester only.
This is a three part test consisting of reading comprehension, sentence structure and grammar, and sentence and syntax skills. It is administered on the computer and is timed.
Elementary Algebra - The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items. No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil, is timed, and is 30 minutes in length. Allow additional time for the entire session. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted. Students with 2008-2009 or earlier catalog rights are eligible to take the Elementary Math Competency Exam. For more information see a counselor.
Intermediate Algebra - The test is comprised of 20 intermediate algebra items. No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil, is timed, and is 60 minutes in length. Allow additional time for the entire session. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted. Students with 2009-2010 or later catalog rights are eligible to take the Intermediate Algebra Math Competency Exam. For more information see a counselor.
Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) (not timed)
The Ability-to-Benefit test is required for students who do not have a high school diploma or GED to establish eligibility for federal financial aid (e.g., Pell Grant, student loans). Two attempts are permitted, with a 2 week waiting period between. The Ability-to-Benefit test is an untimed, three-part test consisting of language, reading, and math. The Ability- to-Benefit test is given by appointment only on scheduled days during the month to students who have been determined eligible to take the test by the Financial Aid Office. (Call 916-691-7332 to schedule an appointment). Note: If a student does not pass the ATB Test, skill improvement must be completed before rescheduling a subsequent test.
NOTE: Math Competency, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Ability to Benefit Tests are not available on a drop in basis. Call 916-691-7332 to schedule an appointment.
Computerized test results are available immediately upon completion of testing.
Paper and pencil test results are available 2 business days after testing.