Assessment Tests

  • Math

    Prepare for The Math assessments

    We strongly recommend that you carefully study the math portion of the Accuplacer Sample Questions and the study guides below before taking the math assessments. The assessment measures your current skill level in math to determine your math placement.

    Sample questions and study guides:

    The math assessment consists of three possible section depending on your current skill level. The possible sections are arithmetic, elementary algebra and college-level mathematics.

    Arithmetic assessment

    There are 17 questions in the Arithmetic section covering three content areas:

    • Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
    • Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.
    • Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

    Elementary Algebra assessment

    There are 12 questions in the Elementary Algebra section covering three content areas:

    • The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
    • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
    • The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

    college-level mathematics assessment

    There are 20 questions in the College-Level Mathematics section covering six content areas:

    • The algebraic operations content area includes the simplification of retional algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials and manipulating roots and exponents.
    • The solutions of equations and inequalities content area includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequlalities, systems of equations and other algebraic equations.
    • The coordinate geometry content area presents questions involving plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane and graphs of algebraic functions.
    • The functions content area includes questions involving polynomial, algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions.
    • The trigonometry content area includes trigonometric functions.
    • The applications and other algebra topics content area contains complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and comninations, factorials and word problems.
  • English

    Preparation for the English

    We strongly recommend that you review the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills portions of the Accuplacer Sample Questions and the study guides and pre-test below before taking the English assessment. (Note: LMC does not administer the WritePlacer test).

    Sample questions and study guides:

    The English assessment consists of two sections. The sections are Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills.

    Reading Comprehension

    There are 20 questions in the Reading Comprehension section divided into two two content areas:

    • The first type of question consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text.
    • The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences.

    Sentence Skills

    There are 20 questions in the Sentence Skills section divided into two content areas:

    • Questions that ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence.
    • Questions that ask you to rewrite a sentence according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.
  • ESL

    Preparation for ESL assessment

    We strongly recommend that you review the ESL Reading Skills and Language Use portions of the Accuplacer Sample Questions and the ESL Sample Questions below before taking the ESL assessment.

    Sample questions and study guides:

    The ESL tests are for students whose first language is not English. There are two tests given, the Reading Skills test and the Language Use test.

    ACCUPLACER ESL Reading Skills

    The Reading Skills test evaluates comprehension of short passages. There are 20 questions to this test. The content of passages is varied and deals with a variety of subjects including the arts, human relationships, physical science, history, social sciences, and practical situations.

    • Half of the Reading Skills test contains straightforward comprehension items (paraphrasing, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, and pronoun reference).
    • The other half assesses inference skills (main idea, fact vs. opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author's point of view, and applying the author's logic to another situation).

    ACCUPLACER ESL Language Use

    The Language Use test measures grammar and usage. There are 20 questions to this test. It contains questions in two formats: completing a sentence by filling in a blank with the word or phrase from the choices given, and choosing a sentence that best combines two given discreet sentences.

    • Subject-verb agreement
    • Verb tenses
    • Irregular verbs
    • Noun forms and pronouns
    • Modifiers and comparatives
    • Prepositions, connectives, and parallelism
    • Sentence fragments or run-on sentences
  • Spanish 

    Students interested in testing out of the Spanish 52 to enroll in the 53 must pass a placement exam and receive a passing grade. Please email Department Chair, Dr. Laurie Huffman lhuffman@losmedanos.edu for more information on scheduling the exam during the first week of classes.

  • Chemistry 

    Information the chemistry department for more information