CSN Placement Test Information

Accuplacer Remote Testing Start Date - Monday May 4, 2020

Accuplacer Remote Placement testing in Reading and Writing begins Monday, May 4, 2020. Students will schedule virtual appointments via with any of the three campus Testing Centers websites using RegisterBlast. Students will take the placement tests remotely with WebEx Meeting Video Chat using their own Internet-connected device. WebEx Meeting Video Chat is a remote proctoring platform that College Board approved for CSN Testing Center to proctor students from wherever they may be. Details about this exam, how to make appointments, and scheduling processes are outlined at this Testing Center Placement Testing webpage below.

Please be patient and continue to check other dates and campuses (in RegisterBlast) if your choice date and campus are not immediately available. Do not panic. Note that CSN has delayed Fall registration to give students the opportunity to meet their enrollment prerequisites.

Thank you for your understanding and good luck.

 

What is Accuplacer?

1.    What is Accuplacer?


Accuplacer is a robust test delivery platform which is internet-based and can be accessed 24/7. The platform includes Next-generation ACCUPLACER Placement testing; Classic ACCUPLACER is made up of Placement testing, and Diagnostic testing.
CSN uses the Accuplacer Placement tests to assist with determining if students are prepared for a college-level course or if they would benefit from a developmental course. The college uses Next-Generation Accuplacer for Reading. The WritePlacer is used to determine placement for English courses.
Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of passages texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. The test consists of the following content domains:

  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary

WritePlacer is an essay writing assessment.  Test takers are presented with a prompt and asked to write a 300-600-word essay.  The essay is scored on a scale of 0 to 8. The test is assessed with 8-point holistic scoring rubric with the following 6 dimensions:

  • Purpose and Focus
  • Organization and Structure
  • Development and Support
  • Sentence Variety and Style
  • Mechanical Conventions
  • Critical Thinking

 

Taking the Tests

 

Taking Accuplacer tests


Currently, we are testing in Accuplacer remotely using WebEx Video due to the remote/virtual social distancing mandates resulting from the COVID 19 situation. To test, you will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities.
Steps to follow TO MAKE APPOINTMENT for your testing

  1. You will make appointment to test in using RegisterBlast as follows:
    1. Charleston Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnwch/Exam/List
    2. North Las Vegas Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnnlv/Exam/List
    3. Henderson Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnh/Exam/List
  2. After you complete and submit your RegisterBlast appointment, you will receive an email acknowledging your appointment instantly.
  3. One business day before you test day, you will receive an instructional email on how to get ready for your testing day.
  4. Steps to follow BEFORE your testing appointment
    1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
    2. Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cisco-webex-extension/jlhmfgmf...
    3. Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cisco-webex-extension/
  5. To check that Webex was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with video.
  6. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.
When it is time for your appointment
  1. Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing.
  2. Clear a workspace for your monitor, mouse, keyboard, blank scratch paper, and pencil. All other items must be removed from your table/desk.
  3. Calculators are not allowed unless you have a prescribed accommodation.
  4. Be sure to have your photo ID ready. You will need to show it to your proctor.
  5. To join the meeting on the test day
  6. Go to https://csnedu.webex.com/csnedu/
  7. In the Join a Meeting box enter the access code
  8. Enter the session password and click OK
  9. Enter your name, email address, and the Session Password and click "Join Now".
  10. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
  11. Enter the voucher number sent to you. Be sure to write down this down as soon as you receive your appointment confirmation email.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1.    Accuplacer tests Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Who needs to take the Accuplacer placement test?

 A: New CSN students. CSN students whose placement test expired and must take Math or English class.

Q2. How long are the scores valid?

 A: 2 Years from the date taken.

Q3. Are retakes available for placement testing?

A: Yes. You must wait 15 days from the day you have taken the placement test for your second try. Placement tests may only be taken twice in six months.

Q4. Are there any waivers for New Students for taking placement tests?

A: If you have taken the ACT or SAT within two years and if those scores will allow you into one of the    CSN classes.  You will need to bring the original score report that was mailed to you or a copy from your high school in a sealed envelope. Also, you may log into the ACT/SAT website from our testing center computer and show us the scores.

Q5. What do I need to have ready to take the exams virtually/remotely?

A:  You will need to bring/virtually show your photo ID and have your Student Number (NSHE) ready.

Q6.  Do I need an /a virtual Appointment?

A: Yes. An appointment is needed for remote Accuplacer testing. Use the Register Blast web links provided:

Q7. What is the cost?

A: It is FREE for CSN students taking them for CSN classes.  If you are taking the test for another institution there will be a $43.50 charge fee.

Q8. When are scores available?

A: Scores are available immediately after you complete the test. You will receive scores via email.
Some students may need to wait up to 72 hours for English results if their scores are pending.

Q9. How long is the test?

A: Accuplacer Placement tests are not timed. The average time for each test can take from an hour to an hour and a half.

Q10. How many Accuplacer placement tests are there, and what are they?

A: There are two Accuplacer placement tests. They are English (writing/essay), and Reading at CSN.

Q11. Where do I take the exams?

A: Currently, the Accuplacer tests are offered remotely/virtually during the COVID 19 circumstance and mandates. However, you can still choose to test for the campus of your choice - West Charleston Campus, North Las Vegas Campus, or Henderson Campus – when you use Register Blast to make your virtual appointment.

Q12. What is the format of the test?

A: It is a computerized test written by the College Board that determines your placement levels in English and Reading, respectively.

Q13. How many questions are there?

A: English requires you to write a 300 to 600-word essay. Reading consists of 20 reading comprehension questions.

Q14. When can I register for the classes I was placed into through the placement test?

A: You should allow 24 hours from the time you have taken the test before registering for classes. If a weekend or Holiday follows the day after you took the exam, it could take 48 to 72 hours. Also, please consider if you have any holds on your account. And we strongly advise you to see an Academic Advisor for guidance on what courses to register for.

Q15. When can I take the test?

A: Placement tests are given throughout the year. However, the virtual/remote testing environment is closed on the weekends and State/Federal Holidays.

Q16. Where can I find some study materials?

A: You may visit our website at csn.edu/placement-testing.

 

Technical Issues

 

1.    Accuplacer tests Technical Requirements

  1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
    1. Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cisco-webex-extension/jlhmfgmf...
    2. Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cisco-webex-extension/
  2. To check that Webex was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with video.
  3. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.

 

WebEx Remote Requirements:

  1. Computer: Either Laptop or Desktop with a webcam and microphone is needed
    1. Chromebooks/Tablets/Phones are prohibited
  2. We prefer you download the Webex App before your appointment.

 

Chemistry Placement:

 

CSN Chemistry Placement Test

What is the CSN Chemistry Placement Test?

The CSN Chemistry Placement Test is provided to allow students to go into Chem 121 without taking the Chem 103 prerequisite. It does not, however, cover the math prerequisite for the class. You can retest after six months. This test is a paper-based exam and currently not required to make an appointment online.

The test is 50 minutes long with 35 questions. You must get a 21 or higher to meet the prerequisite. You are allowed a personal Periodic Table and a scientific calculator, non-graphing, non-programmable on the exam.

Taking the Test

Currently, we are testing in Accuplacer remotely using WebEx Video due to the remote/virtual mandated brough by the COVID 19 situation. To test, you will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities.

Steps to follow TO MAKE APPOINTMENT for your testing

  1. You will make appointment to test in using RegisterBlast as follows:
    1. Charleston Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnwch/Exam/List
    2. North Las Vegas Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnnlv/Exam/List
    3. Henderson Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnh/Exam/List
  2. After you complete and submit your RegisterBlast appointment, you will receive an email acknowledging your appointment instantly.
  3. One business day before you test day, you will receive an instructional email on how to get ready for your testing day.

 

Steps to follow BEFORE your testing appointment

  1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
  2. Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cisco-webex-extension/jlhmfgmfgeifomenelglieieghnjghma
  3. Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cisco-webex-extension/
  4. To check that Webex was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with video.
  5. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.

When it is time for your appointment

  1. Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing.
  2. Clear a workspace for your monitor, mouse, keyboard, blank scratch paper, a periodic table with no other materials written on it, and pencil. All other items must be removed from your table/desk.
  3. A personal scientific calculator, non-graphing, non-programmable is  allowed.
  4. Be sure to have your photo ID ready. You will need to show it to your proctor.
  5. To join the meeting on the test day
    1. Go to https://csnedu.webex.com/csnedu/
    2. In the Join a Meeting box enter the access code
    3. Enter the session password and click OK
    4. Enter your name, email address, and the Session Password and click "Join Now".
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
  6. Enter the voucher number sent to you. Be sure to write down this down as soon as you receive your appointment confirmation email.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Chemistry test Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Who needs to take the Chemistry placement test?

 

 A: CSN students who intends to skip Chem 103 to Chem 121.

 

Q2. How long are the scores valid?

 

 A: 2 Years from the date taken.

 

Q3. Are retakes available for placement testing?

 

A: Yes. Only one retake is allowed. You must wait 6 months from the day you have taken the placement test.

 

Q5. What do I need to be ready to take the exams virtualy/remotely?

 

A:  You will need to show your photo ID and have your Student Number (NSHE) ready. You will also need a blank scratch paper, a periodic table with no other materials written on it, a handheld scientific calculator (Not graphing) and pencil

 

Q6.  Do I need an Appointment?

 

A: Yes. An appointment is needed for remote Accuplacer testing. Please use the links provided to RegisterBlast.

 

Q7. What is the cost?

 

A: It is FREE for CSN students taking them for CSN classes. 

 

Q8. When are scores available?

 

A: Scores are available immediately after you complete the test. You will receive a copy of your scores via email.

 

Q9. How long is the test?

 

A: The Chemistry Placement test has a 50 minutes duration.

 

Q10. How many questions are there?

 

A: There are 35 Questions in the placement test. A student is required to get a minimum score of 21 to meet Chem 121 placement requisite.

 

Q11. Where do I take the exams?

 

A: Currently, the Chemistry test is offered remotely virtually during the COVID 19 cirvumstances and mandates. However, you can still choose to test for the campus of your choice - West Charleston Campus, North Las Vegas Campus, or Henderson Campus- When you use RegisterBlast to make the appointment.

 

Q12. What is the format of the test?

 

A: It is a computerized multiple choice test.

 

Q14. When can I register for the classes I was placed into through the placement test?

 

A: You should Contact Professor Brian Schmidt at Contact Us for any questions. . Also, please consider if you have any holds on your account. We strongly advise you to see an Academic Advisor for gruidance on what courses to register for.

 

Q15. When can I take the test?

 

A: The Chemistry Placement test is given throughout the year. However, the virtual testing environment is closed on the weekends and State/Federal Holidays.

 

Q16. Where can I find some study materials?

 

A: You may visit our website at csn.edu/placement-testing or click on this link https://www.csn.edu/sites/default/files/u2241/chemplacementtestpractice.pdf.

 

Technical Difficulties/Troubleshooting

 

The Chemistry test Technical Requirements

  1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
  2. To check that Webex was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with video.
  3. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.

 

Study materials

For study materials, please visit our website at csn.edu/placement-testing or click on this link https://www.csn.edu/sites/default/files/u2241/chemplacementtestpractice.pdf

 

For Another College

We will proctor placement exams for other institutions. The cost of proctoring is $40.00 for placement exams.

Each college/university has varying requirements and placement exams. You will need to contact your institution for information on testing.

Students are responsible for knowing what tests are needed before going to the Testing Center.

You will need to make an appointment through our online system:

  

ACT/SAT Scores:

To use ACT/SAT scores to place into classes, the scores must be less than two (2) years old and high enough to place you into classes.

Scores must be presented:

  • In Person
    • Original Document from the Institution (ACT/SAT or Highschool)
    • Un-opened sealed envelope (Either from the Highschool or ACT/SAT)
    • Copies, Pictures, and/or Printouts from the internet are not accepted
  • Fax/Email
    • Must be directly from the High School or Institution
    • Personal Faxes/Emails or through a third party (Non high school/Institution) are not accepted.
  • Internet
    • ACT and SAT have methods to send electronic scores to CSN. These are sent directly to Registration and may take time to process.

For English you must have a score of 480 or higher on your SAT (either the old Critical Reading or the new "Evidence Based Reading and Writing" Score) or an ACT English score of 18 or higher to place into ENG 101.

You can bypass the reading placement component of a course hold by having a 480 SAT in Critical Reading/Evidence based Reading and Writing and/or a score of 18 in Reading on the ACT.

For math you can place into different levels based on your score.

Algebra Refresher ACT 1 - 12 or SAT 0 - 349
Math 093 ACT 13 - 14 or SAT 350 - 374
Math 95 E or Math 93/95 Stretch ACT 15 or SAT 375 - 399
Math 095 ACT 16-18 or SAT 400-449
Math 96/120 ACT 19-20 or SAT 450-474
Math 96/124 or 96/126 Stretch ACT 21 or SAT 475 - 499
Math 122,124,126 ACT 22-24 or SAT 500-549
Math 127,128,132, STAT 152 ACT 25-27 or SAT 550-599
Math 181, 251 ACT 28 + or SAT 600 +

 

Studying for Placement

The Testing Center Recommends studying. This is specifically true if you have not had a scheduled course in some time.

English Placement:

The English placement is now two segments: WritePlacer and reading (multiple choice) sections.

English Placement
Prep & Info

Math Placement:

Visit EdReady.org for help with the math placement test. We highly recommend preparing for the placement exam. Please also refer to Math Flow Chart

Math Placement
Prep & Info

Reading Placement:

Reading placement is now a part of the English placement exam. If you have not taken a reading placement and wish to take an English placement, the reading component is automatically assigned to you.

Results are printed at the end of the exam and a copy of the results is given to you when you are finished.

Reading Placement
Prep & Info

For ALEKS Math Placement Tests information visit https://at.csn.edu/math-placement.