You can download or view the following sample tests by clicking on the links below.
ESL (English as a Second Language) Placement Test
The CELSAESL (English as a Second Language) Placement Test is a two part test, and it will place you into your ESL courses. It consists of a 45-minute timed computer portion with 75 multiple choice items and a 30-minute timed writing sample on a specific topic. Students should reserve two hours to complete this test.
It takes approximately five (5) business days to get your results back, because the essay portion of the test needs to be evaluated by the ESL Department.
English Placement Test
The CTEPEnglish PlacementTest is a three part test. It consists of a 30-minute Reading Comprehension portion (35 questions), a 20-minute Sentence Structure and Grammar portion (30 questions), and a 15-minute Sentence and Syntax Skills portion (40 questions). Your English course placement is a combination of these scores. Students should reserve 2 hours to complete this test.
The CTEP Reading Comprehension portion will also place you into your reading course. A high score on this assessment can also be used to fulfill your reading requirement for graduation.
Math Placement Tests
The MDTPMath Placement Tests are multiple-choice tests that evaluate students' ability levels. You will first need to choose which of the four math tests is most appropriate for you.
Choose to take the highest numbered test you feel comfortable with based on your math background and current skills. Click on the links below for a short quiz on each test level.
- Starting Point 1: For students who have not yet completed high school algebra or need review. (50 questions)
- Starting Point 2: For students who have completed one year of high school algebra or higher. (50 questions)
- Starting Point 3: For students who have completed intermediate algebra. (45 questions)
- Starting Point 4: For students who have completed one year of high school pre-calculus and trigonometry or higher. (60 questions)
Each test is designed for placement into different levels of math. It is important to make a careful decision about which math test you take. If you choose a test below your skill level you may be placed in a math class that is too easy for you. If you choose a test above your skill level you may be asked to come back to Assessment and take a lower level math test in order to receive a math placement.
Since calculators may not be used during the testit is best to review without the aid of a calculator. Scratch paper will be provided at the test and collected after you finish.
Full-length practice exams: Click on the links below to access practice math tests and receive diagnostic feedback.
Information Competency Proficiency Exam
The Information Competency Proficiency Exam (aka: Lib 10 Test) tests students’ information competency skills. Students who receive a score of at least 70% on this exam fulfill the Information Competency proficiency graduation requirement at Mission College.
Students currently enrolled in Library 10 Basic Information Competency are not eligible to take the exam.
The test is timed and has a two hour time limit.
Additional Practice Resources
Students are encouraged to look at these additional resources and to practice the sample tests and study prior to taking the exams.
Study for math with Khan Academy:
By Sam Coren
Students all across the country will be sharpening those number 2 pencils and gearing up to take the ACT exam soon. While college admissions exams are not exciting on their own, the anxiety leading up to test day can send you into a tizzy. And if you’re a terrible procrastinator about the whole “study and practice” bit, you might be feeling more nervous than students who were more on top of their test prep.
But fear not – whether you’ve been burning through practice tests all summer long, or haven’t even cracked an ACT test prep book, here are a few ways to maximize what’s left of your time. And don’t forget to take it easy the night before the test – you don’t want to start the ACT test feeling burned out from a frantic cram session:
Brush up on your Math skills with Khan Academy.
If you’ve got major Math Anxiety like me then you’re probably going to need the most last minute practice in this department. On the ACT’s Math section there will be 14 questions on pre-algebra, 10 on elementary algebra, 9 on intermediate algebra, 14 on plane geometry, 9 on coordinate geometry, and 4 on elementary trigonometry.
Now if you’re taking the test and haven’t had geometry or basic trig yet you’re probably stressing out. Don’t worry – Salman Khan’s critically acclaimed free Khan Academy video series has great crash courses to help you. Here’s the video covering basic trigonometry and the series on geometry.
Hit up the free practice questions (again).
The ACT test makers have free sample questions on all the test sections. You can click through all the possible answers and it will tell you why each possible answer is wrong or incorrect. Be sure to read through the reasoning why a certain option is wrong – especially on the English and Reading sections. This will give you a better understanding on how these sections are scored and hopefully clear up have any recurring misunderstandings.
Practice drafting outlines for the sample writing prompts.
In addition to free practice questions for the required sections of the test, the ACT provides sample writing prompts of the optional writing section. There are also sample essays and a scoring explanation that you should read through. One key test taking strategy for the writing section is being able to quickly outline your thoughts to structure your essay. This prevents you from “rambling on” and keeps your essay coherent when you have a gameplan to refer back to while you’re writing.
Since each essay prompt will ask you to take a position on an issue you need to provide clear examples to support your argument. Being able to jot down and organize these talking points before you start the essay will help you develop a logical flow for presenting them and form a concluding statement to tie them together.
First time taking the ACT? Don’t forget that there’s still time to register for upcoming ACT Test Dates if you want a second crack at it.
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