Frequently Asked Questions
What tests are offered in the Testing Center?
- Make-up exams – per instructor approval
- Tests for online classes
- Correspondence testing
- Chemistry 161 placement test
- TEAS test
- Institutional TOEFL
What should I bring with me to use the Testing Center?
- Photo ID is required.
- To take the ACCUPLACER/LOEP you must also bring a referral form from Enrollment Services, or if you are an international student, a referral form from ISS.
What can I expect when I come to use the Testing Center?
- After you check in, you are directed to the area and desk you will use during the test.
- Staff is available to answer any questions you may have prior to entering the testing area.
- The testing area is under continuous observation via cameras, which are monitored by the staff.
Is there a fee for using the Testing Center?
- There is a fee charged for GED, Institutional TOEFL, and TEAS tests. Click on Tests in the menu for detailed information.
- There is $25 fee for the first hour of use and an additional $15 for each additional hour charged for proctoring tests for other schools, agencies, or businesses.
- There is no charge to Edmonds Community College students who are taking tests for classes in which they are enrolled.
- There is no charge to take the ACCUPLACER/LOEP the first time you take it. Your $35 admission fee to the college covers the initial cost of the test.
- There is a $25 fee each time you wish to retake the ACCUPLACER/LOEP.
What is placement or assessment testing?
- Placement testing usually takes place during the admission process and helps your advisor determine which English or math classes you should take to achieve the greatest level of success.
- At Edmonds Community College we use a placement test called ACCUPLACER.
- If English is your second language, you may take a different version of the ACCUPLACER called LOEP.
Should I prepare to take the ACCUPLACER/LOEP test?
Yes, you should prepare for the test before you take it. Especially if it's been awhile since you've taken English or math classes. Doing well on the test is important as your score may affect the number of classes you must take before your reach your academic/career goal. Click on Testing Preparation Resources on the menu to the left.
What can I expect when I take the ACCUPLACER?
- The test is divided into two parts – English and Math.
- It is computer based.
- It takes approximately two hours to complete both the math and English sections of the test, but the test is not timed.
- You may use pencil and paper while taking the test, but not a calculator.
- You should prepare before you take the test. For sample questions and preparation tools, see Test Preparation Resources
What happens after I take the ACCUPLACER/LOEP?
- You receive your English and Math scores immediately after you complete the test.
- If you are a new student to Edmonds Community College, you are asked to sign up and attend a one-hour New Student Advising (NSA) group advising session. Most students are able to attend a session shortly after they complete the ACCUPLACER/LOEP, but if you are unable to attend right after you test, you can schedule a time that works for you.
- Once you attend New Student Advising (NSA) advising session you may register for classes.
What should be included in Alternative Assessments?
Assessment and/or placement in English and Math courses, and determining pre-requisites for other courses can be determined through a variety of options. These include:
- International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores.
- Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.
- Smarter Balanced test scores.
- High School transcripts (in limited situations).
- Assessment/Test scores from other institutions.
- Transcripts from other institutions.
Students are required to bring a photo ID and unofficial copies of test results or transcripts to the Testing Center. The Testing Center Staff will review the documents and determine placement. In cases where placement is not clear based on test scores or transcripts, Testing Center staff will consult with the appropriate department and/or faculty to assist with a final determination.
AP and IB credit is explained in the Advanced Placement and Additional Ways to Earn Credit section of our online academic catalog.
Please note that if the student wants AP or IB test scores and/or a transcript officially evaluated for purposes other than placement, official copies of AP or IB test scores and/or transcripts are required and a separate process is followed. This process is outlined on the Edmonds CC website under Transcript Evaluation.
EdMail: You are required to use it! It is the way we communicate with you.
The college assigns all students EdMail (email) accounts within a couple of days after they register for their first class. Note: if you are a former student returning after time away from school, check with the Enrollment Services Office to confirm what email address we have on file for you. We use the address recorded in the Enrollment Services records. To gain access to your account, follow the steps at www.edcc.edu/edmail.