AWC Online, distance learning courses and make-up exams
Testing Services administers examinations for on-line courses and make-up tests. Instructors must complete the correct form and send it to the AWC site location where the student is expected to test. The instructor should notify the student that the test is available at the Testing Center.
Applicants to Arizona Western College must complete the ACCUPLACER placement test or the CELSA-English as a Second Language (ESL) test before registering for classes.
What is the Placement Test?
The ACCUPLACER placement test is an adaptive, multiple-choice, computer-based test. It is not a pass or fail test; rather, the scores are used to place students in the appropriate Math or English course. The test is not timed, instructions are easy to understand and a test administrator is always available should you have any questions. The ACCUPLACER test is composed of three different sections. Each section can be taken separately or all can be taken at the same time. It takes approximately one hour to complete the reading and sentence skills and another hour to complete the math test.
- Reading Comprehension (20 questions)
- Students read passages that are followed by questions
- Students answer a question or respond to a statement that describes and relates two underlined sentences
- Sentence Skills (20 questions)
- Students are asked questions requiring understanding of sentence structure (sentence correction questions)
- Students rewrite a sentence according to the criteria shown while maintaining the original meaning (construction shift questions)
The Mathematics portion is adaptive test whereby, students who perform well on the first portion will automatically be moved forward to the next math level within the test.
Arithmetic (17 questions)
Calculations involving Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals and Percents Application, and Word Problems using Measurement and Geometry
Algebra (12 questions)
Calculations involving Integers, Rational Numbers, and Algebraic Expressions Equations, Inequalities, Word Problems
College Level Mathematics (20 questions)
Algebraic Operations, Equations, Inequalities, Coordinate Geometry Polynomials, Algebraic, Exponential, Logarithmic and Trigonometric Functions
How can I prepare for this test?
Prior to testing:
- Be prepared and well rested
- Read the questions carefully
- Use scratch paper to experiment with answers
- Take your time
What is the cost for the placement test?
The first placement test is provided at no cost to the student. Students who are not satisfied with their test results may re-test again after a 24-hour waiting period. There is a re-tests fee of $20.00.
Students who are still not satisfied with the re-test scores may after a 90-day waiting period, take the placement test again. There is no charge for the third examination.
How are scores computed?
Once the placement test is completed, students receive a printed report with the scores and course placement. Students then visit an academic advisor who will help them interpret the scores and select their courses.
Can I fail this test?
The Accuplacer placement test is not designed to establish a passing or failing score. This test assesses the student's proficiency skill in the areas of Reading, English and Math. Results are primarily used for placing students in the appropriate courses. Test data may be also be used for research purposes with special precaution taken to ensure student privacy and maintain a confidential student identity.
What is the CELSA-English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test?
The CELSA placement test is for non-native speakers with limited English language skills that may need to be placed into the appropriate ESL course.
The GED test is available to all persons who do not have a High School Diploma and are interested in completing the General Education Development (GED) test series. The test is available in English and Spanish. The easy to read guide gives you the instructions needed to register and schedule your GED test.
GED tests can be taken at the following testing locations:
AWC Yuma Campus
College Community Center Building 3C
2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
Go to GED.com to create an account and schedule a testing appointment.
Parker Learning Center
Parker, AZ 85377
Go to GED.com to create an account.
Contact Parker Learning Center to reserve a space to take the GED test.
Phone Number: 928.669.2214
Automotive Service Excellence - (ASE). By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call (928) 344-7641.
For more information regarding the ASE exam, visit: http://www.ase.com/About-ASE/myASE.aspx
CELSA-English as a Second Language (ESL)
Non-native speakers with limited English language skills may need to take the CELSA exam to be placed in the appropriate ESL course. The CELSA exam can be taken any time at all AWC sites.
For more information regarding our ESL program visit the Modern Language program.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call (928) 344-7641.
CLEP allows students the opportunity to receive credit by examination. CLEP credit policies vary among colleges and universities, so the credit given by AWC may be increased or decreased upon transfer. How to register for a CLEP Exam The Arizona Western College CLEP site code is:
There is an institutional fee for each CLEP exam of $25 payable to Arizona Western College.The institutional testing fee can be paid by phone by calling the Business Office at 928-317-7666. Appointments are necessary so please contact our office at 928-344-7641.
For additional information regarding AWC CLEP credit policy, review page 12 of the AWC catalog.
AWC Equivalency for CLEP Exams
DSST Exams - By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call (928) 344-7641.
About DSST: The DSST credit by exam program gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for life experience as a form of prior learning assessment. For more information go to GetCollegeCredit.com
For more information on the subject tests and course credits review pages 12-13 of the AWC catalog.
Heating, Ventilations, Air Conditioning (HVAC) - By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call (928) 344-7641.
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
Prior registration is required. To register for a test date or find more information about this test, visit LSAT's official website: www.LSAC.org
Prior registration is required. To register for a test date or find more information about the various tests offered through Pearson VUE testing visit their website:https://home.pearsonvue.com/