Placement Testing

Placement Testing

PLACEMENT TESTING FOR STUDENTS

RVCC is committed to providing you with the skills you need to be successful in College. Before enrolling in classes we want to make sure you have an appropriate level of skills in reading, writing, mathematics and the English language. Skill level can be demonstrated through SAT, ACT, PARCC/NJSLA or Advanced Placement scores or by taking the placement test(s).

Determine if your scores on SAT, ACT, PARCC/NJSLA or Advanced Placement exams quality you for placement in college-level math and English classes. See the math and English Exemptions tab below for details.

English Exemptions

English Placement 

First Time College Student Placement

Step 1: Check the Chart to see if you are ready for placement.

Test Score of GradeScore or GradePlacement
SAT (prior to March 2016)Reading 540English Composition 1 (ENGL 111)
SAT (after March 1, 2016)Evidence – Based Reading Writing 450English Composition 1 (ENGL 111)
ACTReading 24English Composition 1 (ENGL 111)
PARCC or NJSLAEnglish Literacy Arts grade 10 or grade 11, 4 or 5English Composition 1 (ENGL 111)

 

Step 2: Submit your test scores to the Admissions Office

SAT:

  • Please download the score report pdf (with your first and last name on report) from College Board (https://www.collegeboard.org/). Save the pdf to your desktop or file so that you can email as attachment to admissions@raritanval.edu.

  • If you prefer, submit your official scores from College Board directly. The RVCC code for submitting SAT test scores is 2867.

 

ACT:

  • Please download the score report pdf (with your first and last name on report) from ACT (http://www.act.org/). SSave the pdf to your desktop or file so that you can email as attachment to admissions@raritanval.edu.
  • If you prefer, submit your official scores from ACT directly. The RVCC code for submitting ACT test scores is 2609.

PARCC or NJSLA:

  • Please download the score report pdf (with your first and last name on report). Save the pdf to your desktop or file so that you can email as attachment to admissions@raritanval.edu.

Step 3: If Your Test Scores Don't Qualify You for Automatic Placement in English, No Problem.

If your exam scores don't quality you for automatic placement in English please check your math courses below to see if you need to take the placement exam for both subjects.

 

Advanced Placement

The following AP exams are accepted by RVCC:

  • English Lit/Comp, score of 3+ gives credit for both ENGL 111 and ENGL 112
  • English Language, score of 3+ gives credit for both ENGL 111 and ENGL 112

Placement for All Other Students

You are exempt from English Placement Testing if you:

  • Have taken an Accuplacer placement test at another New Jersey college
  • Have completed at least 24 college credits
  • Have satisfactorily completed college courses in English
  • Have a qualifying test score? See First Tme College Student Chart above

Math Exemptions

If you are seeking a degree you are required to take the Accuplacer placement tests for mathematics prior to enrolling with the following exceptions:

  • You took an Accuplacer placement test at another New Jersey college
  • You have completed at least 24 college credits including mathematics
  • You have satisfactorily completed college courses in mathematics
    For Advanced Placement (AP) information, click here

 

  • If your SAT, ACT or PARCC or NJSLA scores are:
SAT Score Before
March 2016
SAT Score After 
March 1, 2016
ACT
Score
PARCC or NJSLA
10th & 11th grade test scores
Placement
Math
530-540
Math
500-549
Math
22
Algebra I
4 or 5
A selection of Non Math Intensive College Level Math courses (depending on major) or Intermediate Algebra
Math
550+
Math
550
Math
23
Algebra II
4 or 5
Pre-Calculus, Statistics, or a selection of other College Level Math courses (depending on major)

 

Please download the score report pdf (with your first and last name on report) from College Board (https://www.collegeboard.org/) or ACT (http://www.act.org/). Save the pdf to your desktop or file so that you can email as attachment to admissions@raritanval.edu.

If you prefer, you can submit official scores from College Board and ACT directly: The RVCC code for submitting SAT test scores is 2867.  The RVCC code for submitting ACT test scores is 2609

Email PARCC or NJSLA exemption documentation to admissions@raritanval.edu.

 

Advanced Placement

The following AP exams are accepted by RVCC:

  • Calculus AB, score of 4+ gives you credit for MATH 151-Calculus I
  • Calculus BC, score of 4+ gives you credit for both MATH 151-Calculus I and MATH 152-Calculus II
  • Statistics, score of 4+ gives you credit for MATH 110-Statistics I

Prepare for the Placement Test

Sample Essays

Next-Generation Reading Sample Questions

Next-Generation Writing Sample Questions

Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Sample Questions

Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions Sample Questions

Click Here to Schedule an Appointment

Students are encouraged to make appointments, to make an appointment please click the button above. If you are having trouble making an appointment, please contact the testing center at 908-526-1200 x8401 or tcenter@raritanval.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome if an appointment is not possible.

ESL-English as a Second Language

To take ESL at RVCC:

  1.  Apply to the College  
    1. You can do this IN PERSON by going to the ADMISSION OFFICE (use visitor’s parking lot, main entrance)
      OR
    2. You can do this online by clicking here

      **** There is a 24-hour wait time between step 1 and step 2 because your student number (G#) needs to be formally put into the system****
  2. Take the ESL Placement Test
    1. Book an appointment online
      OR
    2. Call 908-526-1200 x8401 to set up an appointment
      OR
    3. Email: tcenter@raritanval.edu to set up an appointment
      OR
    4. Walk-In to the testing center IN PERSON. Leave enough time (at least 2 hours before close) to take the test.  Hours can be found by clicking here.

More information about the ESL program and ON CAMPUS ESL ADVISING HOURS: https://www.raritanval.edu/esl-courses

Foreign Language

Placement in Foreign Language Class

No language study in last five years OR only one year of a language in high school:  Introduction I of the language -- Native and heritage speakers or students with successful completion of two or more years of a language (within the last 5 years) cannot receive credit for introductory level of the language.

Students with two or more years of a language in high school (within the last five years) must complete a placement test in order to continue study of the same language.   Native and heritage speakers of a language cannot receive credit for the introductory.

To determine your placement in Spanish or French please take the test below.

SPANISH

Spanish Canvas Test link:  https://raritanval.instructure.com/enroll/YGWLE4

Login with your RVCC Student ID/G#:  Example:  Gnumber@stu.raritanval.edu and RVCC password: Rv number (case sensitive). If you have forgotten your password, please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@raritanval.edu or 908-526-1200 x7887

FRENCH

French Canvas Test Link:  https://raritanval.instructure.com/enroll/REBNMJ

Login with your RVCC Student ID/G#:  Example:  Gnumber@stu.raritanval.edu and RVCC password: Rv number (case sensitive). If you have forgotten your password, please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@raritanval.edu  908-526-1200 x7887

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS

For questions about placement testing, email tcenter@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200 x8401

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