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How do I know if I have to take a placement test?

All incoming La Sierra University students are required to take the math and English placement test before registering for classes, unless they have already completed College Algebra and/or College English with a grade of C or better.

Information For Freshmen Placement

  • First, submit your ACT/SAT scores to LSU admissions. If you haven't taken an ACT or SAT you may take the national test (see links below) or sign up for our Residual (scores good only at LSU) ACT test, which is only given in the summer. SAT National Information / ACT National Information.

  • Next, sign-up for a 2-day Summer Orientation with the Center for Student Academic Success click Orientation and proceed to the Portal for Summer Orientation. You may also call (951) 785-2452 if you have questions or problems signing up for your orientation. 

  • On the day of your scheduled test(s), bring a photo id (driver's license, passport, or school id) to orientation check-in (you will need to have your photo id at all times). We will provide you with all the supplies you will need to complete the test which will include scratch paper and pencils. The test is on the computer with some questions allowing a pop up calculator on the computer.

    Note: If you take a placement exam outside of an orientation date the exam fee is $20 per exam ($40 if you take both English and Math)
    The Placement Test Requirement Can be Waived If You:

    Have already completed course(s) comparable to La Sierra University's College Writing and/or College Algebra, OR have obtained a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the English and/or Calculus subjects in Advanced Placement
    Have scored a certain level on the SAT/ACT tests.

    English:

    Students with a minimum SAT score of 550 or higher in Critical Reading or a minimum ACT score of 22 or higher in English are not required to take the English Placement Test but may enroll in College Writing (ENGL 111).
    In the event a student would have an SAT score of 340 or below in Critical Reading, the student will be placed directly into RDNG 001 (English Placement testing is not an option for students with these scores)

    Math:

    Students with a minimum SAT score of 580 or higher or a minimum ACT score of 23 or higher in Math are not required to take the Math Placement Test but may enroll in the appropriate college level Math class.
    Students wishing to take trigonometry or calculus will be required to take the Math Placement Test and score into the appropriate level.

    SAT/ACT National Testing Information

    Need some more information about the SAT Test?  Visit College Board Online

    Need some more information about the ACT Assessment? Visit the ACT Home page

Information for Transfer Students Placement

  • First, make sure you have submitted all of your official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

  • Next, call the Learning Support & Testing Center at (951) 785-2896 to set-up an appointment.

  • On the day of your scheduled test(s), bring a photo id (driver's license, passport, or school id) and $20 per exam ($40 is you are taking both English and Math) to the Learning Support & Testing Center in the basement of La Sierra Hall. We will provide you with all the supplies you will need to complete the test which will include scratch paper and pencils. The test is on the computer with some questions allowing a pop up calculator on the computer.

    The Placement Test Requirement Can be Waived If You:

    Have already completed course(s) comparable to La Sierra University's College Writing and/or College Algebra, OR have obtained a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the English and/or Calculus subjects in Advanced Placement. Official transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions and reviewed to have the placement test requirement waived.

English Placement Testing

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehesion Test is a multiple-choice reading comprehension test. It is done on the computer and has no time limit. The Accuplacer Sentence Skills Test is a multiple choice test on the computer also with no time limit. The results of these tests will place the student into a Pre-Foundational English course or College Writing.

For test study information please proceed to Testing Services & Resources

Math Placement Testing

The Accuplacer Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Level Mathematics tests are multiple-choice tests given on the computer with no time limits. A calculator function is on the computer and available for select problems. The results of the test will place the student into Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus.

For test study information please proceed to Testing Services & Resources

English Placement Testing Accuplacer

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehesion Test is a multiple-choice reading comprehension test. It is done on the computer and has no time limit. The Accuplacer Sentence Skills Test is a multiple choice test on the computer also with no time limit. The results of these tests will place the student into a Basic Skills English course or College Writing.

For test study information please proceed to Testing Services & Resources

Math Placement Testing Accuplacer

The Accuplacer Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Level Mathematics tests are multiple-choice tests given on the computer with no time limits. A calculator function is on the computer and available for select problems. The results of the test will place the student into Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus.

For test study information please proceed to Testing Services & Resources