Students taking computer placement tests

Placement and Assessment Services

Located in the Welcome and Support Center Building Achieve Center

Effective February 1, 2019, standardized assessment tests will no longer be administered for placement into English and math classes. ESL tests will still be offered.

Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

AB 705 Background Information

More than a year ago, California law (Assembly Bill 705) essentially eliminated the use of assessment tests for purposes of determining the placement of students into transfer-level math and English courses in community colleges. Research shows that California students are far more prepared than assessment tests have acknowledged. A student's high school performance is a much stronger predictor of success in transfer-level courses than standardized placement tests. AB 705 requires colleges to take into account high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average when determining math and English placement upon enrollment. For more information, please watch the video below, Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, there are two pathways for course placement

  1. Students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. For more information, see Placement for Recent High School graduates below.
  2. Students who graduated more than 10 years ago, students who have foreign transcripts, and students who left high school without graduating will use a guided self-placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them. For more information, see Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement below.

Getting Started

What to Bring

  • Students must complete the online college application process and obtain a student ID number before testing/placement.
  • A valid photo ID (school or government issued)
    • Driver's License
    • A high school ID card
    • College ID card
    • State or Federal ID card
    • Passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • A naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship
  • Completed Student Informed Testing Request form (please print and fill out)

Placement Re-Evaluation

ARC is changing its method for placing students in the English and mathematics course sequences to use more high school record information. If you graduated from a U.S. high school within the 10 years, but you did not report your high school information on your college application, you have the option of having your placement re-evaluated.

To receive your course placements in English and math, bring your high school transcripts to Placement and Assessment Services and complete the short Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP).

Note: The form must be signed and submitted to Placement and Assessment Services. Please follow the submission instructions on the cover page of this form. Be sure to submit all pages including the cover page with the instructions.

View and download the PREP form (PDF document)

Understanding Your Placement

Understanding Your Placement

You can find your placement results for English Writing, math, or English as a Second Language (ESL) in your eServices account under the Steps to Success tab. For students enrolling in English Writing and math, placements may be based on a review of your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For ESL students, placements will be based on assessment tests completed at the college. Please see messages below from ARC academic departments concerning your placements.

Math Placement Information

Finalize Your Placement in Math

If you have an AP Test result for Calculus or Statistics, a CLEP Test result, an IB Test result, an EAP Test result of 3 or higher with high school transcripts if applicable, or a college transcript from outside Los Rios showing that you passed a math or statistics class, please bring it to Enrollment Services (Administration building).

If you don’t have any of the above, your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool.

Please schedule a new student appointment with the Counseling department.

View and download the PDF document of the Math Flow Charts

English Writing Placement Information

Your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool. If we do not have your high school records on file, in some cases, you may also provide unofficial transcripts of high school records for evaluation. Please see information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) process.

English Writing
Click the "Course Placement" below that matches your placement in eServices for detailed information.
Level Name Course Placement
College Writing ENGWR 94 with ENGWR 300 Corequisite
College Composition ENGWR 300, 480 

Placement Process

How to Get Your Placement Results

Your English, math, and ESL placements are available online through your eServices Account.

Placements printed from eServices can be used for verification of course eligibility at all Los Rios Colleges.

  • Log onto your eServices account using your student ID number and password; click on Student Center.

  • Click on the Steps to Success tab.

  • To see all the placements listed in your eServices account, click on the yellow Print Placements button just below the First Steps table.

  • ESL placement results are available in Placement and Assessment Services in 3 working days. Please allow another day (total of 4 business days) for ESL placements to be available on eServices.

  • All placements may also be picked up at Placement and Assessment Services in the Welcome and Support Center. A valid photo ID is required.

    If you have questions, please come into Placement and Assessment Services in the Welcome and Support Center or call (916) 484-8423.

Placement for Recent High School Graduates

For Students who have graduated from a US high school 10 years ago or less

If you have been placed in an English and/or math class based on your GPA submitted on your application, your placement is listed in your eServices account. See How to Get Your Placement Results above.

If you see your placement, and you believe the high school information you submitted is not accurate, please see the information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition process above.

If English is not your first language and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please visit American River College Placement and Assessment Services to take the ESL Assessment Test. For testing times, see the Testing Calendar.

If you don’t see your English and/or math placement in your eServices account, choose from the following:

  • Students planning to return after an absence should submit a new application, wait one day, and check their eServices account for a placement.
  • Currently enrolled ARC students should submit a Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) to Placement Services.

Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement

Available for the Following:

  • Students who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago
  • Students who have foreign transcripts 
  • Students who left high school without graduating

You have the opportunity to be placed into an English and math course based upon your experience through a new Guided Self-placement process. This process will help you identify the course(s) most appropriate for you based on a series of easy questions about yourself and your academic goals.   

If you are eligible, please check your Los Rios Gmail account for an email called "How to Get Your English and Math Course Placements", containing a link to Guided Self-Placement. If you have not received that email, you can call Placement Services at (916) 484-8423 to request the link.

If English is not your first language, and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please visit American River College Placement Services to take the ESL Placement Test. For testing times, see the Testing Calendar.

Note: If you take the Guided Self-Placement, but are not eligible, your results will not transfer to your eServices account. If you have graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years, please see Placement for Recent High School Graduates on this page.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Test

ESL Placement is for initial course placement only. Any student who has started the course sequence will be referred to the Humanities Department to pursue a Prerequisite Challenge.

The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes.

  • The ESL test is composed of four sections:
    • Listening, reading, and grammar.
      • Administered on the computer and are not timed.
    • Writing (essay)
      • Administered using paper/pencil and is timed.
  • Test Method and Time: Allow approximately 3 hours. (refer above for method)
  • Sample Tests: 
  • Test Results: ESL test results are available in Placement and Assessment Services within three (3) business days and in the student's ARC eServices portal account in one additional day.
  • Retest: A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later then time listed for check-in.
  • Please follow the link to schedule your Tesing Session:

https://sarsgrid.arc.losrios.edu/esars/assesment/eSARS.asp

Chemistry Test

The Chemistry test is required for students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 400 - General Chemistry I who have not met the prerequisite requirement. The Chemistry test is multiple choice, consisting of general chemistry topics, lab skills questions, and mathematics.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 45 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 hour.
    • A calculator and periodic table will be provided (no personal calculators are allowed).
  • Sample Test: Not available
  • Retest: Only one attempt is permitted.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later then time listed for check-in.
  • Please follow the link to schedule your Tesing Session:

https://sarsgrid.arc.losrios.edu/esars/assesment/eSARS.asp

Other Placements

The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI, is used to assess students' awareness of their use of learning and study strategies.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered on the computer and is not timed. Allow approximately 30 minutes.

Graduation Competency Testing

Graduation Competency Testing

The Math Graduation Competency is administered to students who are applying for an AA/AS Degree and have been referred to Placement and Assessment Services by their counselor. This competency requirement may be satisfied by completing specific courses as listed in the graduation requirements section of the ARC catalog or by passing the competency examination. Students should consult with their counselor to determine whether an examination is required.

Math Competency - Elementary Algebra

The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor for every test and retest.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 30 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 hour.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later than the time listed for check-in.
  • Please follow the link to schedule your Tesing Session:

https://sarsgrid.arc.losrios.edu/esars/assesment/eSARS.asp

Math Competency - Intermediate Algebra

The test is composed of 20 intermediate algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor for every test and retest.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 60 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 ½ hours.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later than the time listed for check-in.
  • Please follow the link to schedule your Tesing Session:

https://sarsgrid.arc.losrios.edu/esars/assesment/eSARS.asp

 

Test Proctoring Services

Proctoring

    Important Announcement:

    Effective immediately, Placement and Assessment Services will no longer proctor exams for outside institutions. If you have already scheduled an exam, we will honor that appointment. We will not be able to re-schedule any existing appointments. If you would like to cancel an appointment, please contact us at  ARCtestingservices@arc.losrios.edu.

    Referrals:

    Below are other local testing agencies:

    Testing Calendar

    Natomas Placement and Assessment Services

    schedule and detailed information.

    Visit Natomas Center

    About Placement

    Placement results are used by academic counselors to determine readiness for specific courses and programs.

    For students enrolling in English Writing and math, placements may be based on a review of your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For ESL students, placements will be based on placement tests completed at the college.

    For testing times please check the testing calendar.

    There are no fees for students who are taking the Los Rios Placement and/or Graduation Competency tests.

    Students needing special accommodations for testing should call the DSP&S office at (916) 484-8382.