Matriculation Services Unit
Assessment & Testing
PRACTICE for the English and math placement tests (Sample Questions):
For sample test questions visit the following website and click on desired test in bold: http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
ENL: Writing Skills & Reading
ESL: Listening, Reading & Grammar/Usage
*Use of calculator is not allowed during placement test
ENGLISH/ESL & MATH PLACEMENT TEST(S):
Prior to registration, new matriculating students who have submitted an application to attend LAHC are required to make an appointment to take the assessment placement test. Any returning or continuing matriculating student who has never taken an assessment test is also required to take one (unless previously waived). Admissions & Records Office may waive this requirement for students who have an Associate Degree or higher. Students who have been assessed in English and/or Math at another college, or who have taken English or Math coursework at another college may have already met Harbor's Assessment requirements. These students can bring a copy of their assessment results, transcripts and/or grade reports to a counselor. High school transcripts are not acceptable for Math courses. English as a second language assessment is also available.
HOW LONG ARE THE TESTS?
Test sessions on average last around three hours. A new student orientation is given at the start of a scheduled test session. Students start the assessment test after the orientation is completed. The math test is administered first then the English/ESL test. The math test is a timed 45 minute paper and pencil test. Depending on a student's performance on a test, another 45 minute math test may have to be taken. The English/ESL tests are computerized and are not timed. The average time per section is 32 minutes. Before the tests the student fills out demographics questions regarding personal information such as name, address, major, etc. This is the only time students have to type any information as the actual test is all multiple choice. The ESL test is composed of three sections, Listening, Reading and Grammar/Usage; the average time for the assessment is 2 hours. The English (ENL) test is composed of two sections Writing and Reading; the average time for the assessment is 1.5 hours.
If eligible, students may test once per year. Assessment results will be valid for two years from the assessment date. Once a student enrolls in English and/or Math class and receives a letter grade (or CR/NCR), the student is no longer eligible to re-test in that subject and must then follow the English/Math sequence (see the LA Harbor College Catalog for subject sequences).