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New Student Placement Test Guide

The Teaching and Learning Center will be offering placement exams all summer starting June 1 through August 3. The placement exams are held only on Monday’s only. Testing starts at 9 a.m. please be here at 8:30 a.m. 


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What is the Placement Test?


LOC students will need to take the placement test before being allowed to register in any Math, English or Reading course. The results of the exam will help you and LOC determine the courses you will take to best meet your academic goals.  The placement tests are not pass-fail.  An advisor will view your scores and determine the appropriate course in which you should enroll.  

A student who places into a developmental course must successfully complete that course prior to attempting the corresponding college level courses.


What are the Developmental Courses and why are they required?


Developmental Courses are valuable, important parts of the college experience for those students who
require them. Studies indicate that students who pass their developmental classes tend to do slightly better
as a group in passing college entry level coursework than students who have not had developmental

Moreover, because of the reviews of grammar and basic math and reading skills undertaken in
developmental courses, some graduating seniors have asked to take such courses. The skills gained in
developmental courses serve as a strong foundation for subsequent college and professional
work. Contact the Teaching and Learning Center for additional questions: (901) 435-1743.

How do I know that I will be placed in a Developmental Course?


The criteria for placement in such courses are based on your placement test scores. LeMoyne-Owen
College adheres carefully to the placement test scores and strongly believes these courses will help
students succeed. Most students who come to LeMoyne-Owen College need at least one developmental

What about a developmental course that I have already completed at another institution?


Developmental courses taken at accredited institutions elsewhere will not be considered in the College’s
placement decision.


Test Location


Placement tests are administered in the location indicated above.  The test will start promptly at the time indicated.  Late arrivals will not be allowed admittance into the testing room after the test has started.


How do I prepare for the Placement Exam?


To prepare for the test please utilize Khan Academy, an online resource that will help refresh and develop your math skills. Go to www.khanacademy.com  click LEARN, scroll down to Math and then click Algebra.  Use the search bar to view tutorials on the following:


Order of Operations


Linear Equations

Fractions (adding, subtract, multiply and divide)

Factoring Quadratic Expressions





Calculators are not permitted.  


The Writing Placement test is given to assess your ability to write at a college level by measuring your readiness for introductory college courses.  Faculty members review your essay and assess what course level you should begin based on your writing ability.  You will be asked to respond to a writing prompt that should include the following: 


Well-organized essay on a specific topic

Clear thesis statement

Multiple paragraphs

Paragraphs with supporting details





The Reading Placement test is a two part multiple-choice exam that is designed to assess the following skills:


           Comprehension skills                               Vocabulary skills


Meaning of Words

Understanding what you read




If you are a Transfer student, please bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to determine if the Placement Exam is necessary for enrollment in coursework.

Additional Information

Please contact: Toneyce Randolph at 901-435-1743 or toneyce_randolph@loc.edu