Learning & Testing

Student Placement

Why Placement Matters

Preparing in advance for the placement test is very important. The higher you place, the fewer pre-college level classes you’ll need, and the more money and time you will save. Studying may help improve your placement results, which means you could complete your degree more quickly and affordably. 

As a new student, you may need to take a placement assessment to determine what level of math and writing classes you will be able to register for. The assessment is not “pass” or “fail.” Instead, the goal is to determine your current skill levels in order to ensure your success at LBCC.

 

 

Get Prepared for Your Placement

Complete Your Placement: Math

Linn-Benton Community College requires a proctored ALEKS Math assessment to place students into math classes. The assessment covers materials from Basic Math (Math 50) to Differential Calculus (Math 251). You can take the assessment at any LBCC campus (Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home) or have it proctored if you live more than 50 miles away. 

The math assessment will have about 30 open response questions and take approximately 60 minutes. Your score will be a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered from the 314 mathematical topics available. This number will determine which class you are ready for.

After you complete your first assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module will be created for you. Use the Prep and Learning Module to brush up on topics that you may have forgotten or haven't practiced in a while.   

How to increase your placement:

To increase your placement, you should spend a minimum of 5 hours in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module by logging into your aleks.com account. After you feel comfortable with the material, you can retake the assessment. 

Complete Your Placement: Writing

LBCC uses Writeplacer in combination with the Reading test for placement into writing courses.  Students will be given a prompt, which consists of a short passage followed by an assignment to write an essay.

Essays will be given a score from 0-8.  If an essay is too short to be evaluated or is written off topic, it will be given a score of 0.  It is highly recommended that essays consist of 3-5 paragraphs and be 300-600 words.  

For sample questions and examples refer to the Test Prep Resources located below. 

Test Prep Resources

The following pages are located off the LBCC server. LBCC is not responsible for their content.

Writeplacer Guide with sample essays - (pdf):  This guide gives information on what is considered when scoring the Writeplacer essays.  Shows example of essays and what score they would receive.  

Accuplacer sample questions for students (pdf): this is a comprehensive collection of sample questions and answers in reading, writing, and math. 

Complete Your Placement: Reading

College courses move at a faster pace than high school classes. You are expected to read and learn considerable amounts of information outside of class from your textbooks. The reading comprehension assessment will determine if you could benefit from one of two ASL courses before you get into courses that require learning from textbooks.

What Does the Reading Assessment Look Like?
The reading assessment consists of 20 multiple choice questions designed to measure how well you understand what you read. Included are two primary types of questions:

  1. Read a passage and answer a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
  2. Sentence relationship questions present two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information. 

Test Prep Resources

The following pages are located off the LBCC server. LBCC is not responsible for their content.

Accuplacer Study App- available for the web, iOS, and Android. The app includes

  • "Learn As You Go" tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
  • Sample Tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
  • Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses

Reading sample questions - (pdf):  focuses specifically on the reading assessment.

 

 

Complete Your Placement

New students are encouraged to take their placement test prior to their New Student Center appointment. Each entering student will make a New Student Center (NSC) appointment as part of the application process.

Attention students new students, it is required that you complete your placement testing prior to your New Student Center appointment.

If you live more than 50 miles from a LBCC campus, you may be able to have your test proctored.  Complete the Placement Request Form.

 

Placement Testing Locations
Albany Campus

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917-4781
Red Cedar Hall Room 111

Placement testing is offered as a walk-in only option. No appointment needed. You will need to begin the assessment two hours prior to the office closing.  If you are not finished by closing, you will need to come back to finish.

Regular Testing Hours

Monday       9 am- 4:30 pm
Tuesday      9 am- 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9 am- 8:00 pm
Thursday     9 am- 8:00 pm
Friday          9 am- 4:30 pm
Saturday      9 am- 4:30 pm

Closed: 
January 20, February 17

Corvallis Benton Center

757 NW Polk Ave
Corvallis, OR 97330
Call 541-757-8944
BC 222

Appointments are required at this location, call
541-757-8944 ext. 5101 to schedule an appointment.  You will need to begin the assessment two hours prior to the office closing. If you are not finished by closing, you will need to come back to finish.

Testing Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:30-8:00
Friday                    8:30-4:00

Closed:  January 20, February 17

Lebanon

44 Industrial Way 
Lebanon, OR 97355
(541) 259-5801

Placement testing is offered as a walk-in only option. No appointment needed. You will need to begin the assessment two hours prior to the office closing.  If you are not finished by closing, you will need to come back to finish.

Testing Hours 

Monday       8 am- 1 pm
Tuesday      Closed
Wednesday 8 am-1pm
Thursday     8 am-1pm
Friday          8 am-1pm

Closed:  January 20, February 17

Sweet Home

1661 Long Street
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Call 541-367-6901

Appointments are required at this location, call
541-367-6901 to schedule an appointment.  You will need to begin the assessment two hours prior to the office closing. If you are not finished by closing, you will need to come back to finish.

Testing Hours

Monday -Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closed: 
January 20, February 17

 

 

Your Placement and Course Options

Writing Placement (Scores are determined from a combination of Reading and Writeplacer results)

Writing

WritePlacer with Next Generation Reading (Beginning 1/11/2019)

Score 1-3: with any Reading score 200-300
WR 90 (The Write Course)

Score 4 or 5: with Reading score 200-236
WR 95 (College Writing Fundamentals)

Score 4 or 5: with Reading score 237-255
WR 95 (College Writing Fundamentals) OR *WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP (Accelerated Learning Program) Allows students to skip WR 95 as a separate course and progress more quickly.

Score 4: with Reading score of 256-300
WR 115 (Introduction to Writing) OR *WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP (Accelerated Learning Program) Allows students to skip WR 95 as a separate course and progress more quickly.

Score 5: with Reading score of 256-272
WR 115 (Introduction to Writing) OR *WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP (Accelerated Learning Program) Allows students to skip WR 95 as a separate course and progress more quickly.

Score 5: with Reading score of 273-300 WR 121 (English Composition)

Score 6-8:  with any Reading score 200-300
WR 121 (English Composition)

WritePlacer with Classic Reading (before 1/12/2019)

Score 1-3: with any Reading score 20-120
WR 90 (The Write Course)

Score 4 or 5: with Reading score 20-54
WR 95 (College Writing Fundamentals)

Score 4 or 5: with Reading score 55-83
WR 95 (College Writing Fundamentals) OR *WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP
(Accelerated Learning Program) Allows students to skip WR 95 as a
separate course and progress more quickly.

Score 4: with Reading score of 84-120
WR 115 (Introduction to Writing) OR *WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP
(Accelerated Learning Program)

Score 5: with Reading score of 84-94
WR 115 (Introduction to Writing) OR * WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP
(Accelerated Learning Program)

Score 5: with Reading score of 95-120
WR 121 (English Composition)

Score 6-8: with any Reading score 20-120
WR 121 (English Composition).

*Requires one hour of WR 121 followed immediately by one hour of WR 115.

Accuplacer Writing (Sentence Skills)

Score: 0-30
Meet with an advisor or the New Student Center to select an appropriate first-term course load. 

Score: 31-68
WR 90 (The Write Course) Requires reading placement score of 55 or above 

Score: 69-79
WR 95 (College Writing Fundamentals) OR WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP (Accelerated Learning Program)

*Requires one hour of WR 121 followed immediately by one hour of WR 115. Allows student to skip WR 95 as a separate course and progress more quickly. 

Score: 80-94
WR 115 (Introduction to Writing) OR WR 121 ALP/WR 115 ALP (Accelerated Learning Program)

*Requires 1 hour of WR 121 followed immediately by 1 hour of WR 115. Allows student to skip WR 115 as a separate course and progress more quickly.

Score 95-120
WR 121 (English Composition)

Math Scores
ALEKS Math

Score 0-13: 
Choose 1: MTH 50 - Numerical Literacy OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 14-29: 
Choose 1: MTH 75 - Introductory Algebra OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 30-45: 
Choose 1: MTH 95 - Intermediate Algebra OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 46-59: 
Choose 1: MTH 111 - College Algebra OR MTH 105 - Math in Society OR MTH 211 - Fundamental of Math I

Score 60-74: 
Choose 1: **MTH 112 - Trigonometry OR MTH 241 - Calculus for B/M/SS OR MTH 245 - Math for B/M/SS

Score 75-100: 
MTH 251 - Differential Calculus

*MTH 98 is only for degrees that require MTH 105 and NOT MTH 111 (check with advisor)
**This course requires prior completion of MTH 97 or a comparable geometry course for enrollment. 

Accuplacer Math
Elementary Algebra

Score 20-38
Choose 1: MTH 50 - Numerical Literacy OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 39-67
Choose 1: MTH 75 - Introductory Algebra OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 68-76: 
Choose 1: MTH 95 - Intermediate Algebra OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 77-120: 
See College Math Scores Below for Placement

College Level Math

Score 20-35:
Choose 1: MTH 95 - Intermediate Algebra OR *MTH 98 - Foundations for Contemporary Math

Score 36-58: 
Choose 1: MTH 97 - Practical Geometry OR MTH 105 - Math in Society OR MTH 111 - College Algebra OR MTH 211 - Fundamental of Math I

Score 59-79: 
Choose 1: **MTH 112 - Trigonometry OR MTH 243 - Intro to Statistics OR MTH 241 - Calculus for B/M/SS ORMTH 245 - Math for B/M/SS

Score 80-120:
MTH 251 - Differential Calculus

*MTH 98 is only for degrees that require MTH 105 and NOT MTH 111 (check with advisor)
**This course requires prior completion of MTH 97 or a comparable geometry course for enrollment.

Smarter Balance Scores

To document Smarter Balance scores as a placement score, students can bring in proof of scores to the New Student Center or Admissions.

Writing Placement Guidelines

Score: 3 or 4 -- WR 121 (English Composition)

Math Placement Guidelines

Score: 3 -- MTH 111 (College Algebra) OR MTH 105 (Math in Society)

Score: 4 -- MTH 112 (Trigonometry) OR MTH 241 (Calculus for Business/Math/Social Science)

GED
Writing Placement Guidelines

Level 3 (or 165, honors) -- WR 121 (English Composition)

Math Placement Guidelines

Level 3 (or 165, honors) -- MTH 111 (College Algebra)

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