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Placement/Foundational Skills Testing

Due to COVID-19, Brookdale Community College is conducting placement assessments online.  Students are assessed in Foundational Studies Skills: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. If you have not yet been admitted to Brookdale, please contact the Office of Admissions at 732-224-1857, otherwise please see below for further information and directions.   

What are the Brookdale Placement Assessments?

Brookdale uses three different assessment tools to measure your level of skill and accomplishment in reading, writing, and mathematics.  This information is then used to determine the most appropriate course placement. These assessments are computer based and located in Canvas.  Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish.

  • Reading: Brookdale’s Reading Placement Assessment measures your level of skill and accomplishment in reading. Using a computer, you will read several texts then respond to multiple-choice questions using what you have read. There are 25 questions in the Reading Placement Test. Please keep in mind that you can return to re-read the passage at any time. Research shows students who practice taking computerized tests and brush up on their reading comprehension skills PRIOR to taking a reading placement test tend to have scores that more accurately reflect their abilities. Below are some online resources that provide general reading comprehension practice or reading instruction that will help you prepare: Reading Test Practice

 

  • Mathematics:  Brookdale Community College requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map your strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the Placement Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for you to refresh your knowledge on forgotten topics. You then have the opportunity to reassess and improve your placement.

ALEKS consists of two parts:

  1. An Initial Placement Assessment
  2. The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review

 

  • English:Brookdale’s English Placement Questionnaire guides you to make the best choice regarding which writing course will be best for your success.  You will answer a series of questions about your previous experiences with reading and writing, as well as report recent high school grades and standardized test scores you may have taken.

 

The best way to prepare for the English Placement Questionnaire is to have access to your most recent high school transcript and, if possible, score reports for any recent standardized test (such as SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, or NJSLA).  Don’t worry if you don’t have these records or have been out of school for a few years. You should still complete the questionnaire without them; test results and high school grades are only one of many factors in determining your placement.

Who must take Brookdale Placement Assessments?

Most new degree students must take Brookdale’s Foundational Studies Placement Assessments, which measure reading, writing, and mathematics skills. These assessments are designed to ensure that students are ready for college-ready work. Waivers of assessments are available to students under the following provisions: 


Please Note: Your SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer scores must have been taken within the last three years to be considered for a waiver.  

Full Test Waiver (you will not have to take the test).

You have completed at least 24 college level credits with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. These 24 credits must include English Composition and a mathematics course higher than Elementary Algebra.

You have taken the Accuplacer Classic or Next Generation test at another New Jersey college.

You have at least a four-year degree from an accredited college


Partial Test Waiver (you only need to take part of the test).

  1. You have taken the SAT and have scored as follows (as of 03/01/2016)

a) Math– a score of 530 or Higher will waive both the Arithmetic and QAS tests

b) Evidence Based Reading and Writing (ERW)– a score of 480 or higher  will waive both the Writing and Reading tests

2. If you have taken the ACT and you have scored as follows:

a) ACT Reading: A score of 23 or higher will waive you from the Reading Section of the test.

b) NEW ACT Writing (As of the Sept 2016 Adminstration): A score of 8 will waive you from the Writing section of the Test

c)  Old ACT Writing: A score of 23 or higher will waive you from the Writing section of the test.

d) ACT Math: A score of 21 or higher will waive you from  the ALEKS tests

3. GED waiver (Computer Based GED as of March 2019): Students who receive a score of 165 or higher in the Language Arts section of the GED would be waived from the Read/Sent Skills section of Accuplacer and those who receive a score of 165 or higher in the GED Math section would be waived from the Math sections of the Accuplacer

4. You have credits from another college that do not meet the full guidelines of the full test waiver category above. You MAY qualify for a partial waiver. An individual assessment must be made.

5. Non-native speakers of English may be eligible for a test waiver. Visit the Admissions Office for a waiver.

6. Persons 65 years of age and older may be eligible for a test waiver. Visit the Admissions Office for a waiver.

Those wishing to waive on the basis of previous credits must provide an unofficial or official transcript or a college diploma.

What are the Technology requirements to take the assessments?

  • Please use a Windows, MAC or iPad for the test. Chromebooks are not compatible. If you do not have access to a device listed above, please contact the office of Academic Advising at 732-224-2555. 

How do I access the assessments?

  • If you have not already done so, we encourage you to activate your MyBrookdale NetID account through our homepage.  For instructions on managing your NetID account, please click here.
  • Once you know your login credentials, simply follow the steps below to access Canvas:
  • Go to www.brookdalecc.edu
  • Click on MyBrookdale
  • Click on Canvas
  • Enter your NetID username and password
  • Once logged in, click on the “Brookdale-Placement-Test” option from your Dashboard
  • Follow the directions to complete each assessment
  • Need additional assistance logging in to Canvas? View a video tutorial or this PDF document for step-by-step instructions for accessing Canvas.

What if I need accommodations?

If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, please make arrangements with the the Disability Services Office to receive appropriate accommodations.  They can be reached at 732-224-2730 or TTY at 732-842-4211 or you can go to the Disability Services website for additional information.

Once you have received your approved accommodations, contact Testing Services at 732-224-1864 or testaccommodations@brookdalecc.edu to make arrangements to take your Foundational Studies assessment.

I've completed the assessments, now what?

Your next step will be to meet with an Academic Advisor.

I'm still in high school, how do I complete placement testing?

If you are a high school senior, placement assessments will become available in the early part of 2021. You will be notified when your placement assessments are available for you to complete. In the meantime, we encourage you to spend time practicing for your placement assessments using the resources available in (name of the FAQ that has practice info). 

  • If you are a sophomore or junior in high school looking to enroll through one of our high school based programs, please contact Donna Cuddy at dcuddy@brookdalecc.edu for assistance with placement assessment requirements for these programs.

What if English is my second language?

 If English is not your first language, you may want to learn more about the ESL program here.

I took Accuplacer at another college.

If you’ve previously taken the Accuplacer, whether the Classic or Next Generation assessment at another college and would like the scores transferred to Brookdale, please have your previous school send the following information: (your scores must be withing the last three years of today’s date)

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • The Scores
  • The date the test was taken

Brookdale requires scores (unless you have been waived for all of part of the tests) for the following Accuplacer sections:

Accuplacer Classic:

  • Reading
  • Sentence Skills
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Accuplacer Next Generation: 
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS)

Scores must be sent directly from your school to:

By mail:
Brookdale Community College
Attn: Testing Services
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

By fax:
732-224-1863

Please phone us at 732-224-2584 if you have any further questions.