Testing for e-Learning Students
All degree seeking students or students who wish to take more than 11 credits need to show proficiency in math and English. If you do not have qualifying standardized test scores or college transcripts with English or math, you will need to take a placement test (*please see exemption procedures below). The test we use at OCC Online is the Pearson MyFoundationsLab for Student Success.
The MyFoundationsLab placement test includes the following:
Sentence Skills (for grammar, punctuation and spelling)
A written essay
You do not need a proctor to take your MyFoundationsLab placement test. After you have signed up for the placement test through your admission’s specialist, you can take the test on your personal computer from home.
Prior to signing up for placement testing, you will need to fill out a free application for admission Once you have applied as a fully online student, one of our online admission specialists will contact you via phone or email to get you started on the admission’s steps. Your admission’s specialist will assist you in signing up for and accessing your placement test. Testing will be accessed via your Ocean Cruiser dashboard.
If you need to speak with an admission’s specialist, please call 1-877-464-2154
If you already signed up for testing, here are some helpful tips:
Your invitation email for testing will be sent to your ocean cruiser account. We do not email to personal email accounts. There will be two attachments to this email-one will have various instructions for using Ocean Cruiser; the other will be the instructions for accessing and taking your placement tests.
Your invitation email will specify which portions of the test you need to complete.
There are screenshots with the instructions
Once you have taken your placement test, be sure to notify your admissions specialist, so that he or she may move you forward in the admission’s process
Please note: in order to access the tests, you must disable your pop-up blocker prior to clicking on “my online courses.” If your pop-up blocker is not disabled, it will appear as though you are not signed up.
You can be exempt from taking the placement test if you have the following qualifying test scores:
PSAT: 54+ Critical Reading and/or 53+ Math
SAT: 540+ Critical Reading and/or 530+ Math
ACT: 23+ English/Writing and/or 22+ Math
HSPA: 235+ Language Arts & Literacy and/or 250+ Math
If you have successfully completed college level math or English at an accredited institution. You may use unofficial transcripts for the initial exemption, however, you must send official transcripts if you wish to transfer in any college credits.
As a general rule, students must complete required developmental courses immediately to ensure success in other courses. The college will not award a diploma to any student who has not demonstrated competency in the basic skills. Students are expected to enroll in all required developmental courses in their first semester.
Students identified as needing English 091 will be restricted to a limited course load. The limited course load will consist of the needed developmental courses and other courses selected from the approved limited load course list. You will work with your academic advisor in choosing your courses.
Preparing for the Placement Test
Students who need to take the placement test may prepare for the test by practicing their writing, reading and algebra skills and by taking practice tests, using (free) websites. Since the test is given on the computer, it's best to practice on the computer. There are plenty of free practice opportunities available online, and absolutely no need to spend money on Placement Test preparation! Here are some great (free) websites which offer both practice and preparation for the various sections of the Placement Test:
- The College Board site provides a great overview of the whole test and describes all of the different sections of the test. Sample test questions are also available at this site. Who better to describe the test and provide practice questions than the folks who develop the test, right?
- Don't be fooled by this Test Prep Review site; it does offer study materials for a fee, but there are also FREE self-assessment modules, which provide great practice questions. Just scroll down a little ways, and you'll find lots of free practice sections as well as links to additional free subject resources…everything from Algebra to Verbs!
- Lots of free practice is available at this Accuplacer Test Success site, and there's even a set of practice tests in PDF format if you have a burning desire to print out hard-copy and practice on paper rather than online. You can even practice while you're on a road trip.
- Study Guide Zone. This is another site offering practice in PDF format. Practicing with paper and pencil tests is not as good as online practice tests, but this site includes another excellent overview of the test.
- This Academic Skills Center site, sponsored by the New England Institute of Technology, provides both practice tests and strategy skills which can be applied not only to your Placement test, but throughout your college career. It's well worth the time to go through the Reading, Writing and Study Skills menu items to pick up some very useful