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Placement Tests


Guam Community College uses the ACCUPLACER Test to determine a student's placement for English and Math courses. Colleges use ACCUPLACER to assess your skill levels in reading, writing, and math to determine if you’re ready to take courses that will earn you credits at that school. If you show proficiency in a subject, you won’t have to take developmental courses and can start earning credits right away that count toward a degree or certificate.
 




Option A. 
Schedule a Placement Test at GCC

 

1. Contact a counselor or academic advisor to schedule a placement test, before making a $22 (non-refundable fee) payment.
 

Request for Counseling or Academic Advisement Services

Counseling / Academic Advisement Hours
Mondays – Fridays
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
(Closed on GovGuam Holidays and School breaks)



2. Pay the placement test fee of $22 (non-refundable fee) after contacting a counselor or an advisor. A receipt is needed in order to sign up for a placement test.


To make a payment online or via phone, please call (671)735-5550 Ext. 5400 or email businessoffice@guamcc.edu

Payment is accepted at the Cashier's Office, Bldg. 2000, Room 2119
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM.

(Closed on GovGuam Holidays and School breaks)



3. Schedule your placement test on the dates available. Each test date can only accommodate ten (10) students per testing session.
 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 9:00 AM
Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 9:00 AM


Testing will be administered in Building 2000 Assessment and Counseling Testing Lab. Test date links will be active for sign-up when earlier test dates are filled.

 

 




Option B. 
Placement by the CLYMER Program

If you are a recent High School Graduate, check out the CLYMER Program to see if you are eligible. 


 




Option C. 
Placement by WorkKeys 

 

Guam Community College accepts valid Gold and Platinum WorkKeys Certificates for enrollment into MA110A and/or EN110 instead of a placement exam.


 




What to expect with placement testing at GCC?
 

What's on the ACCUPLACER Test?

All ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format except for WritePlacer®, which is an essay test. There’s no time limit on the multiple-choice tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills. 


ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology, which means the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question determines the difficulty level of the next question, so it’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

Remember: No one passes or fails ACCUPLACER tests, but it’s important to complete the test using your best effort, so you can get an accurate measure of your academic skills and be placed in the appropriate course.


 

Reading Test

The Reading test assesses your ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included.

 

Writing Test

The Writing test evaluates your ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text.

 

Math Tests

The Arithmetic test focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The Arithmetic test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents


The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:
 

  • Rational Numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts


The Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and Rational Equations
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Trigonometry


WritePlacer Essay

The WritePlacer essay measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to your academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesn’t affect your score. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:
 

  • Purpose and Focus: The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue
  • Organization and Structure: The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
  • Development and Support: The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
  • Sentence Variety and Style: The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which you express ideas using Standard Written English.
  • Critical Thinking: The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.



 





Preparation Resources
 


Link to Official Acccuplacer Sample Questions and Study App:
 


More helpful study sites. Not officially endorsed by ACCUPLACER: