Placement Testing

Placement tests are used to identify which math and writing courses students should take first. These tests help prevent students from enrolling in math and writing courses which are either too difficult or too easy.

Guidelines for the Math Placement Test:

ALL students registering for a first math course at Oregon Tech must take the math placement test.

The ONLY exceptions are:

  • Students who have already completed a math placement exam within the last 12 months at Oregon Tech;
  • Students who, due to transfer or AP classes, are beginning their Oregon Tech math sequence in Math 252 (second term calculus) or higher;
  • Students who have already completed all math requirements for their majors.

Why is re-testing important?

Because... if a student took Math 100 at another college, that college's math curriculum for Math 100 may not sequence well with Oregon Tech's Math 111, or the student may have forgotten too much of what was learned in Math 100 to begin Math 111.

Guidelines for the Writing Placement Test:

All Oregon Tech students registering for a first Oregon Tech writing course must take the Oregon Tech Writing Placement Test, with the following exceptions:

  • Students who are transferring to Oregon Tech with a college-level "English Composition" class that will transfer to Oregon Tech (e.g., WR121). In these cases, the transfer credit from the other college will be used to guide placement;
  • Students who passed an Advance Placement (AP) English course in high school and who, at the end of that course, passed (with a score of 4 or better) either the AP Language and Composition Exam, OR the AP Composition and Literature Exam;
  • Students who took the ACT or SAT within the last three years and had their results reported to Oregon Tech. In this case, the student's ACT English or SAT Writing score will be used to guide placement.

When is Placement Testing Offered?

Placement tests are offered on a regular basis during the term. Students are encouraged to take all placement test before New Wings which occurs May through September, and as a part of student orientation at the beginning of each term. There is no need to make an appointment. Testing Services is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Also, you may complete your placement test online through ProctorU.

How long do the Placement Tests take?

Students are given 2 hours to complete the ALEKS math placement test. Students usually take between 60-90 minutes. The A&P placement test takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Other Important Information about Placement Testing:

There is no charge for full-time Oregon Tech students who are taking their first placement tests. Students who are re-testing will not be charged a fee unless their exam is proctored online. Students who are not full-time Oregon Tech students will be assessed a $25 fee per testing occurrence.

When your reservation time comes, report to Testing Services in the LRC, room 230 (second floor of the library building) to begin your testing. If you have questions, contact, Testing Services Coordinator, at 541-851-5176.

How do I Register to take the Placement Tests?

If you are a new student who has been admitted to the college, and you will be participating in a Registration (new student registration) event, you do not need to register separately to take Oregon Tech's placement tests. Sign up for the Registration event according to the instructions you receive, and you will automatically receive placement testing as part of the Registration event.

If you are wanting or needing to take a placement test outside of a Registration program, you must contact Testing Services at 541-885-1791 to reserve your spot in testing.

What do I need to bring to Placement Testing?

The only thing you need to bring is picture I.D. We will provide scratch paper and pencils. Calculators are not allowed on the math test. Students who are re-testing or who are not full-time Oregon Tech students will be assessed a $25 fee for each testing occurrence.

Do I need to study before taking the Placement Tests?

We strongly recommend that you review math concepts prior to taking the math test. In order to effectively review, you may want to obtain a math textbook from your high school or library; study material from a previous math course; access the online practice tests; or you may access math instructional software in Oregon Tech's Student Success Center.

How can I Practice to take the Placement Tests? 

Oregon Tech uses the ALEKS computer-based placement testing system. Generally speaking, there's no need for you to work on any "practice tests" if you're only taking the writing exams. Still, if you would like to learn more about the writing tests, and even see some sample problems, you can go to the "Accuplacer Introduction for Students" link on this page and find out more about these exams. Please note that Oregon Tech does NOT use the Accuplacer written essay exam for writing placement-instead, we use the Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension (multiple choice) exams.

If you're taking the math exam, it would be a good idea for you to follow the links on this page to see the kinds of problems that you might encounter at different levels of the math placement test. The "Accuplacer Introduction for Student" link provides general information about Accuplacer, as well as practice problems for the arithmetic and elementary algebra subtests. Please note that this link does not include practice problems for the more challenging college-level math subtest.

Alternatively, the "Math Practice Problems" link provides practice problems that are designed to assess student readiness for Math 100 (Intermediate Algebra), Math 111 (College Algebra), Math 112 (Trigonometry), and Math 251 (Calculus). If some or all of this material seems over your head, don't panic. Our computer-based system will automatically deliver questions to you which are generally in keeping with your ability level. Also, our placement test is designed to place students into Arithmetic or Elementary Algebra courses when students don't yet have the skills to begin Math 100 (Intermediate Algebra). So, if all of the practice problems are too difficult for you, just study whatever basic arithmetic and elementary algebra that you can, and the test will place you into an appropriate lower-level course.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Contact Testing Services at 541-885-1791.