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.

Why is 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 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.

How long do the Placement Tests take?

There is no time limit for the placement tests. The writing test takes about 40 minutes. The math test takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes, depending on the student's math level.

Other Important Information about Placement Testing:

There is no charge for full-time Oregon Tech students who are taking their first placement tests. The Testing Center is in Room 431 on the 4th floor. Contact Jenni Betschart at 503-821-1263 with questions or to make an appointment..

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.

Do I need to study before taking the Placement Tests?

We strongly encourage you to 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 or study material from a previous math course. The following link is very helpful with practice problems.

How can I Practice to take the Placement Tests?

Oregon Tech uses the ACCUPLACER computer-based placement testing system. 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.