Tests & Exams
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UCC requires placement testing for most new students seeking a certificate or degree. This includes students taking credit classes for personal enrichment. Without placement test scores or previous college credit, it is difficult to estimate your potential for success in classes that require a minimum level of reading, writing or math skills. You can’t fail a placement test, but it pays to prepare in advance and do your best.
Applicants must take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation placement tests prior to enrolling in classes and have the option, for math, to take the ALEKS math placement test. Both tests are untimed; ACCUPLACER Next-Generation consists of Reading, Writing, and Math, while ALEKS consists of math with practice modules in between tests.
If you're worried about taking these tests – don't be! The information is only used to help us find out which classes will be right for you.
Walk-In Placement Testing Hours
- Monday - Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and walk-ins should arrive BEFORE 1:30 p.m.
- Friday by appointment only.
Placement testing takes on average two and half (2 1/2) to three (3) hours. You must check in between 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m in order to complete the test.
Reading, Writing, & Math: ACCUPLACER Next-Generation
ACCUPLACER is an assessment of your reading, writing, and math skills.
It is recommended that you should study before taking the tests:
- ACCUPLACER preparation tools
- ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students
- Download the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App
Math: ALEKS Placement Assessment
ALEKS is an online inventory of your math skills. ALEKS will guide you through the process. Note: If you have been out of high school for three or more years, you will take the ALEKS Placement Assessment. Otherwise you will take the ACCUPLACER assessment (see below).
- VIDEO: Welcome to ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL)
- Refresh your Algebra skills through Khan Academy - Algebra I
Testing Center Policies
- All testing requires a photo ID. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Personal calculators must be approved before the test. However, the Testing Center does provide the option of a calculator if needed.
- The Testing Center provides scratch paper and pencils or erasable white board.
- All electronic devices must be turned off and stored in the backpack, purse, jacket, etc., and stored inside the Testing Center.
- No children are allowed in the Testing Center.
- No children may be left unattended outside during testing.
- Allow approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours for taking the test.
Umpqua Community College is the official GED Test Center for Douglas County.
The GED test is available on UCC's Main Campus. For registration, payment, and scheduling of your tests, go to GED.com.
VIDEO: Pearson Test Center (review of procedures you may encounter)
The official GED passing score has changed from 150 to 145 and the GED.com system has updated on March 1, 2016. All testers who have achieved passing status in the past will begin seeing those scores as passing in the systems at that time. Updated diplomas will begin to be produced and delivered in the days following March 1. Helpful links:
- You must be 16 years old to take the GED test.
- The day of the test, bring a valid, government-issued photo ID: a driver's license, state ID card, passport or military ID.
- In Oregon, if you're between 16 and 18, and your high school class has not graduated, your school district will have to give permission before you can register online to take the GED. Contact your district to fill out an Education Withdrawal and Application Form.
If you are interested in taking GED classes prior to your test, please contact the Woolley Center at 541-440-4603 for GED class information.
Requesting Copies of your GED transcripts or diploma
Visit GED.com and elect "Request Transcript" at the top of web page OR call 888-906-4031 for more information.
If you attend another college or university and need to take a supervised exam, UCC provides proctoring services for $25, paid in cash, check, or debit/credit card through Student Accounts, located in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center.
- We accommodate paper/pencil and computer-based tests.
- Tests are administered by appointment only.
Industry Based Exams
Register at CLEP. Create an account / choose and pay $80 for your CLEP test. Print your registration ticket. Make an appointment with Testing Services, 541.440.7659. Pay $20 exact cash or debit/credit card or check payable to Umpqua Community College at Student Accounts located in The LaVerne Murphy Student Center before taking test.
Register at Pearson VUE or call 1-877-404-3926 or contact specific certification company or agency. Familiarize yourself with the look, feel and navigation of a Pearson VUE computer-based test. View demo.
The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination is a customized educator licensure test designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to Oregon learning standards.
- Computer-based test; 60 multiple-choice questions. Ninety minutes.
- Test Fee $95 - View test fees and payment information.
- Prepare - View the preparation materials available for this test.
When you schedule your appointment, you should be prepared to provide any or all of the following information. Not all exam sponsors require all information, what you need to provide will vary depending on what exam you are taking.
- Your name. - The name used to schedule your appointment must EXACTLY match the name shown on your identification. At a minimum, the identification must be a valid, government-issued ID that shows your name in the English alphabet, your signature and your photograph.
- Your Social Security, Social Insurance or Prometric Testing I.D. (SP#) Number. Contact phone numbers - If there is a problem, we will use these numbers to reach you. Mailing address - Please provide the address to which you would like any paper correspondence sent.
- Exam number and title. Eligibility information, if required. E-mail address - Once again for contact purposes, this is often the fastest and most effective means of contact. Many test sponsors require e-mail contact information for registration.
Prior to the test administration, all test takers must present current and valid picture identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or picture student identification. DANTES funded eligible military test takers must provide a valid Common Access Card (CAC). Only test takers are permitted into the testing room. Unauthorized visitors are not permitted in the testing room at any time.
Registration and payment is completed at the testing center within the testing platform on the day of the exam. The registration process is completed at the testing center on your scheduled day and time. Call 541-440-7659 to schedule an appointment.
For official scores to be mailed to the institution of your choice, you must provide the institution's 4-digit DSST code at the time of your examination. Note that some schools require a student to be enrolled before the institution will accept the score report. Due to privacy and security requirements, scores will not be reported over the phone under any circumstance.
The TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based Test) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: reading, listening, speaking and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. The TOEFL iBT emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework. With Internet-based testing, ETS can capture speech and score responses in a standardized manner.
The TOEFL iBT measures skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing, and requires you to combine 2 or more of these skills to respond to a question. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture in English, and then write or speak your answers in English.
Umpqua Community College Testing Services is NOT a TOEFL iBT test site. Go to TOEFL® iBT for test dates, times, and test locations.
iBT TOEFL registration is done exclusively through the iBT TOEFL web site: http://www.ets.org/toefl
ASE Certification Test Registration
ASE testing is available year-round. Whether you register on the first day of a registration window or the last, you will always have 90 days from the original date of purchase to schedule an appointment.
Register using the myASE LOGIN or create a myASE account and login. You can also call Prometric at 1-877-346-9327.
Certification Test Fees
A $36 registration fee is paid only once during a registration window—no matter how many tests you take. Tests are $39 each, except L1, L2, and L3 which are $78.
After registration call Umpqua Community Collge Testing Coordinator to set-up an appointment. Please have ASE# ready (i.e ASE-5555-5555).
Examinations cost $58.00 per exam. If you do not pass an exam and need to retake that exam, the fee remains at $58.00 for each exam. Exams must be paid for at the time of registering for the exam(s) with Metro Institute.
Additional exam processing fees of $5.00 per exam will be added to your Oregon Department of Agriculture license application fee for each exam that was not successfully completed (passed) on the first attempt. This will affect the following license types: Commercial Pesticide Applicator, Public Pesticide Applicator, Pesticide Consultant, and Pesticide Apprentice.
To schedule testing, you must have your legal name and correct Social Security number available. Then call 877-533-2900 or go to Metro Institute's website.
Warning: You may not receive credit for an exam if the legal name or Social Security number provided at scheduling does not match what you provide at the testing center.
Thinking about becoming a tax preparer? Learn more about exams, fees and proctor sites in the General Information Booklet on Exam. REVISED EDITION (2019-2020)
For forms, applications, examination study references and licensing information visit: www.oregon.gov/OBTP
If you have questions on how to apply, you are welcome to contact:
Jane Billings, Exam & Education Coordinator
Phone: (503) 373-1691, Fax: (503) 585-5797
503-947-2333 (secure fax)
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Testing fees vary for industry based exams. All exams are by appointment only. Contact the Testing Coordinator for more information.
Inquires for other industry based exams not listed may be directed to the Testing Coordinator.
Testing Center Department Hours
- 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Walk-In Placement Testing Hours
- 8:15 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday, walk-ins should arrive BEFORE 1:30 p.m.
- Friday by appointment only
Placement testing can take on average two and half (2 1/2) to three (3) hours. For drop-in testing, the tester must check in between 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m in order to complete the test. We stop administering tests after 1:30 p.m. to give the tester enough time to finish the test before closing the Testing Center.
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Placement Testing FAQ
Which placement tests are available?
- ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading Test, a computer-administered test with 20 multiple choice questions, is untimed and has instant scoring.
- ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing Test, a computer-administered test with 25 multiple choice questions, is untimed and has instant scoring.
- ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Math Test, a computer-administered "adaptive" test with 20 multiple choice questions, is untimed and has instant scoring.
- ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning test, a computer-administered test with 30 open response questions, is untimed and instant scoring. ALEKS gives the ability to do modules in between placement tests to advance your skills.
How much will the placement test cost?
Placement testing in Reading, Writing, and Math is free for UCC students and prospective UCC students. If you are taking the placement test for other educational institutions, there is a $27 testing fee which must be paid in the Student Accounts Office, located in the Student Center.
If you are planning on becoming a student at Umpqua Community College, please fill out an online admissions form, wait to receive your student id number and either make a testing appointment or visit the Testing Center during drop-in hours to take the placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Math.
Which placement tests should I take?
- If you are a new student and have not taken college courses, you should take the standard placement test, all three tests (reading, writing and math) to be properly advised.
- If you have taken a writing or math class at Umpqua Community College or another college, you may not need to take the placement tests. Meet with an enrollment advisor with an official or unofficial transcript to find out if testing can be waived.
- Check with your admissions advisor to ensure you are taking the proper placement tests for the courses you need.
Am I eligible to use my Smarter Balanced assessment scores to waive the required placement tests?
How soon after testing can I register for classes?
You should be able to meet with an enrollment advisor to register a few hours after completing placement testing. Scores are uploaded from ACCUPLACER Next-Generation and ALEKS to Banner immediately after testing.
Retests: What are the rules?
- Please review the first time so that you will not need to retest.
- Reading and Sentence Skills test - You may retest as soon as the next day. It is highly recommended that you study prior to retesting. If you do not achieve your goal on the second try, you should take the recommended course. You are allowed to test twice within a three month period..
- Math test - With ACCUPLACER Next-Generation, you have two attempts to achieve the score you seek; however, any additional attempts are $6 per test. In addition, you cannot retest on the same day. With ALEKS, you may make a second attempt after completing 3 hours of learning modules in ALEKS. You are allowed up to five proctored attempts in a one year period, depending on your use of the two optional practice exams.
What are good strategies for taking computer-administered tests?
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation reading, writing, and math are "adaptive" tests. They give you one question at a time and your response impacts the next question.
- You must answer every question it presents.
- When you get a question correct, the computer adapts by giving a harder question worth more points for the next question.
- A wrong answer gives you an easier question worth fewer points for the next question. Be sure to try to the best of your ability on each question.
- Work carefully at a medium speed, pay attention, and avoid missing questions that you could have gotten correct.
For ACCUPLACER Next-Generation, we have paper and pencil tests if you are uncomfortable with computers or feel you would perform better in that format.
Please ask if you need special accommodations (e.g., private room, audio, large print, etc.) or have special concerns.
ALEKS is also an "adaptive" test. It is not based on multiple choice, but rather filling in the entire answer based on knowledge.
- ALEKS is built on Knowledge Space Theory.
- Try to put as close of an answer as you can on the questions, it can detect what small errors and identify understanding from partially correct answers. "I don't know" is an acceptable answer.
- Retesting is recommended, after completing a minimum of 3 hours of the learning module. This could move you up a full class level and save you money.
What about dictionaries, calculators and notes?
- Students are not allowed to use a dictionary of any kind during testing.
- Calculators are available in the software or a handheld calculator upon request.
- Notes, Math Review Sheets, and study aids may NOT be used while testing.
What if I need to take the test and I'm not going to be a UCC student?
If you need to take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading, Writing, and Math placement tests, but are NOT planning on becoming a UCC student, there is a sitting fee of $27 that you will need to pay at Student Accounts, located in the Student Center. You will need to contact the institution that you are planning to attend and have them issue a testing voucher with your student ID number.
If you need to take the ALEKS Math placement test, but are NOT planning on becoming a UCC student, there is a sitting fee of $27 that you will need to pay at Student Accounts, located in the Student Center. This will also give you a full year access to the ALEKS PPL platform and will include any re-testing done at UCC. You will need to contact the institution that you are planning to attend and have them issue a testing voucher with your student ID number.
Testing Center Location
Educational Support Building (ESB), Room 29
Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Rd
Roseburg, OR 97470
- Park in open parking - yellow marked parking lanes. - map.
- Location of the Educational Support Building. - map.
How to Get to UCC
- Take exit 129 from I-5.
- If coming from the south, turn right at the stop, and turn left onto Umpqua College Road.
- If coming from the north, turn left at the stop sign.
- Continue traveling east on Umpqua College Road.
- Umpqua Community College is about one mile.