Q: My foster daughter is planning to attend community college in the fall. Someone mentioned an assessment test that she needs to take. Can you tell me more about what this is?
A: All new students are required to take a Reading, English, and Mathematics assessment test. The assessment tests are not used to bar anyone from enrollment, but rather to determine the student’s skill level and inform whether basic skills courses are required. Students often must make an appointment at the college assessment center at the campus they plan to attend to be assessed. Many campus websites offer study guides and/or sample tests that can help students prepare. These tests should be taken seriously as placement test results will determine into which classes she is eligible to enroll.