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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TESTING INFORMATION AND SAMPLE

Northern Virginia Community College ­ Alexandria Campus

You must first be admitted to the college prior to taking any placement tests. You must know your student ID number (EmplID). Go to NovaConnect http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/ to find your number. You may take the English as a Second Language Placement Test only once per year, but not if you have enrolled in an ESL/English class within the last year. Test scores are valid for one year. You must provide a current picture ID in order to take any tests. Northern Virginia Community College requires a specific skill level in English for entry into many of its courses. The purpose is to help you be successful. The primary tool for determining your skill level is a computer-based test called ACCUPLACERTM developed by the College Board. The ACCUPLACERTM LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test is divided into three sections: Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning, and Language Usage with a total of 60 questions. Depending on your performance on the computer-based test, you may be asked to write an essay which will be read by an English instructor before your placement is decided. If you do not write an essay, you will receive your placement immediately. You will need to be able to type your name, student number, and birth date on the computer. Then you will use a mouse to click on the correct answer. All questions are multiple-choice. You must answer each question before you can go on to the next one. Once you have moved on to the next question, you cannot go back and change your answers. However, the computer will ask you to verify each answer before moving on to the next question. The test is not timed, but you must plan to spend 3 hours for the test. An appointment is not required, but you must start the test during the designated hours for this placement test. Some students will finish in a shorter amount of time. If you are able to enroll in the ESL program, you should register for the ESL or English course that is recommended. If you do not place into the ESL program, you may retest in six months; however, we recommend that until then, you take an ESL course through the Continuing Education Office, Room 213 in the Engineering Building or through an adult education program in the area. You are responsible for being prepared for taking any test. This includes being rested and feeling well, having glasses (if needed), allowing adequate time, and testing in a serious manner. Retests are not allowed except according to college policy. The next few pages will give you a basic idea of what you can expect to see on the test. You must complete the test to get a score. The computer will only print scores when you have finished the entire test.

Northern Virginia Community College

English Language Proficiency Sample Test for ACCUPLACERtm LOEP

(For students whose first language is not English)

Below are examples of the kinds of questions you will see in the 3 test sections. Although they are not real questions from the test, they are similar enough to give you a good idea of what to expect. The correct answer shows as a darkened circle .

Reading Skills: You will read short passages (on various topics) and answer questions about them. There may be 1 or 2 questions for each passage. Some questions will be about information which you can find directly in the passage. To answer the other questions, you must infer from what you have read. Example--

Electronic technology has produced significant changes in the way that humans interact. Before telephones, computers, and digital pagers, people communicated primarily by writing. We had to sit down, compose our thoughts, and then spend some time writing them down on paper. There was also a delay between the expression of our ideas and their reception on the other end, but folks were patient enough to wait. With technology, however, communication happens in "real time." We don't take time beforehand to consider what we want to say, and how to say it best. We express ourselves directly, and bluntly. Now we are irritated when no one answers the phone, or get overly anxious if we don't receive an immediate response to an email or page. We want all of our communication to happen instantaneously. The author of this passage probably believes that the effects of technology on human communication are O not very important

mostly negative

O not well understood O almost negligible

Sentence Meaning: To answer questions in this section, you will choose the sentence that has the same meaning, or choose a word or phrase to fill in the blank. Examples--

"Stop putting me on." The speaker means O "I prefer to dress myself."

"Don't lie to me."

O "I don't want you to put things on top of me." O "Don't think that I am the same as you are."

The federal government is not ____ any economic problems for the second half of the year; all the indicators are positive.

anticipating

O accommodating O asphyxiating O administering

Language Usage: This section has questions on grammar and vocabulary. You will be asked to choose the correct word to fill in the blank or to select the grammatically correct sentence. Examples--

I saw a young girl at the corner. She was singing. O I saw a young girl at the corner, she was singing. O She was singing, the young girl who I saw her at the corner. O At the corner, she was a young girl singing.

I saw a young girl who was singing at the corner.

Since I moved to the U.S., I __________ my opinion about Americans. O was changing

have changed

O changed O had changed

Your performance on the placement exam will qualify you for one of seven possible levels. · Level RCE means you are not ready for the courses we offer. You should consider taking Continuing Education courses on the campus or in the community. · · Levels 002-005 have from two to three courses in each level. Levels 006 & 007 are college composition courses for credit.

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