Student Services Bld. 1st Floor
|Monday||8:30 am - 6:30 pm|
|Tuesday||8:30 am - 6:30 pm|
|Wednesday||8:30 am - 6:30 pm|
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
|Friday||9:00 am - 4:00 pm|
The above hours reflect only the
hours for the MAIN office. For
assessment days and times
please access the appointment
system or refer to the test
calendar link above.
What is Assessment Prep?
Assessment Prep is geared towards students who wish to do better on the Assessment Test. If you have never taken the test, then this is your chance for an intense pre-exam practice session. If you have recently taken the test, but have not yet taken the coursework, you are still eligible to take advantage of the Assessment Prep program, after which you will reassess in the hopes of getting a better score.
Assessment Prep is designed to raise student awareness of the importance of preparation for math and English placement exams with the purpose to improve the percentage of students placing into college-level math and English, while simultaneously decreasing remedial-level placement.
The English Assessment Prep workshop is offered several times a year, affording students the opportunity to review basic English skills before testing, or retesting.
The three hour workshop is designed to help students review in reading, writing, vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar, while learning valuable test taking strategies.
However, since three hours aren't always enough, at the end of the workshop each student is sent home with additional practice materials and resources.
Check out the English Assessment Prep flier here
Thursday, September 1, 2016 (6:00 -9:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (6:00 -9:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (6:00 -9:00 p.m.)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 (6:00 -9:00 p.m.)
How to sign up: ONLINE APPOINTMENTS OPEN TWO WEEKS BEFORE EACH WORKSHOP!!
Please come to the Assessment Center, 1st floor Student Services Building, 10 minutes prior to the workshop time to check-in
Since Assessment Prep doesn’t happen overnight, while you wait for the workshop, practice on your own on one (or more) of these recommended websites.
For information about the Pierce College English Department, click here.
The Math Assessment Prep Workshops that are held throughout the year help student identify their current level of math, while allowing them to brush up on other necessary skills in order to improve for the placement test.
The Math workshop also provides information about general math courses at Pierce College, and distinguishes which courses are needed by students for different programs.
The next Math Assessment Prep workshops are:
- Friday, April 15th, 12:45pm - 1:45pm
- Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- Tuesday, May 17th, 1:45pm - 2:45pm
- Thursday, May 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
- Friday, June 3rd, 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Cancelled
All meetings are held at the CAS Computer Lab (LLC 5148)
While you wait, here are some helpful websites so you can prep on your own:
For information about the Pierce College Math Department, click here.
General Assessment Testing Tips
While test taking is a stressful process, it is a also a necessary part of college life.
In anticipation for your Assessment Test, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Practice – The more you practice, the more successful you will be on the day of the test. You will know what to expect, your speed will increase, and you will know what to pay attention to.
Be well rested – Being prepared is great, but being over tired on test day can undermine all the studying you have done. Rest up as much as possible before the test, and give yourself enough time to arrive at the testing site and unwind for a few minutes before the exam, alleviating any feelings of hurriedness and the extra stress they cause.
Trust yourself – If you have been studying and doing the best you can, trust yourself during the exam. While checking over your answers is always encouraged if you have time, enough studies have shown that second guessing yourself can be to your detriment. If you feel strongly about an answer, trust yourself.
Be present – While in the testing room, turn off distractions physically (your phone, laptop, etc.) and mentally. Engage with the test in front of you, and attend to other responsibilities later.
Do not underestimate the test – There is no passing or failing an assessment. The Assessment Test is designed to find the right class for you where you will be most likely to succeed. With this said, scoring poorly on the Assessment Test may not earn you a fail, but it can add entire semesters to your college experience. Take the test seriously by studying for it, and give the Assessment Test the same kind of attention you would allot to an in-class final.
For more information regarding the Pierce College Assessment Test, visit the main website.