RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 140 All-Americans.
Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features over 91,000 book volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
All new students enrolling in credit classes are required to meet placement requirements in the areas of Reading, English and Math prior to being able to register for credit courses. Placement will be determined through the best combination of any of the following actions:
Completion of the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER), submission and acceptance of ACT or SAT Scores, submission and acceptance of Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts or successful evaluation of transcripts from another college or university.
All new students must submit a completed Enrollment Information Form prior to being eligible to attempt the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) at Rock Valley College.Placement Test Description Back to Top ↑
Rock Valley College uses ACCUPLACER to assess your current skills in reading, English and math for placement into appropriate coursework. It is an online test featuring a computer-based format, unlimited time and immediate scores. The ACCUPLACER placement test is comprised of three sections:
Placement Test Preparation
When it comes to taking the placement test (ACCUPLACER), doing your best matters. Test results determine whether you will start in college-level courses or developmental (remedial) courses. We have found that students who spend as little as one hour preparing for the test by reviewing sample questions actually perform better.
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Placement Test Times Back to Top ↑
Walk-in Testing: (no appointment necessary)
Placement Test by Appointment:
Fall & Spring Semesters
Call (815) 921-2380 for more information about testing by appointment.
Please Note: Hours are subject to change during Interims, Summer and Spring Break. Please contact the Testing Center to verify hours of operation during these periods.
Score Reporting Back to Top ↑
When you complete the placement test (ACCUPLACER), you will see a report of your score(s) on the screen. You will also receive a printed report of your score(s) and corresponding placement(s). A member of the Testing Center staff will help interpret your score(s). You can find more information about your score(s) and corresponding placement(s) by viewing the Guide to ACCUPLACER Placement Scores.
After Placement Testing Back to Top ↑
When testing is complete, new students are required to attend a Getting Started Session before being able to register for classes. Once you have tested and attended a Getting Started Session, you are encouraged to visit the Advising & Counseling Center on the top floor of the Student Center to determine accurate course selection and assist you in making decisions regarding your educational opportunities at Rock Valley College. Please call the Advising & Counseling Center at (815) 921-4100 to make an appointment or obtain walk-in hours.
ACT/SAT Back to Top ↑
Students may be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting their ACT or SAT scores to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.
Advanced Placement Back to Top ↑
Students may be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting their Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.
You can find more information about Advanced Placement (AP) here.
Transfer Students Back to Top ↑
Transfer students or students already holding a college degree may also be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting transcripts to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.
Students with Disabilities Back to Top ↑
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What to Bring With You to Test Back to Top ↑
A photo ID is required for all testing services (i.e. Driver's License, State ID, Passport or School ID).
Storage of Personal Items Back to Top ↑
Calculators, cell phones and any type of electronic devices are not permitted. Lockers are provided for these items and all other personal belongings.
ACCUPLACER Prep Back to Top ↑
Subject Specific Resources Back to Top ↑
Reading and Vocabulary
http://www.testpreppractice.net/ACCUPLACER/Reading-Comprehension-ACCUPLACER-Practice-Tests.aspx Practice exams
http://www.cerritos.edu/reading/mainide2.htm More help with finding main ideas in paragraphs and identifying topic sentences
Sentence Skills (English)
http://www.dcccd.edu/emp/departments/ea/student%20affairs/assessment%20practice%20tests/accuplacer/sentence%20skills%20test/Pages/default.aspx Sample ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills (English) Questions
http://www.veritasprep.com/sat-prep-algebra-resources-galore/ Created for SAT review, but great source for Algebra
http://www.algebrahelp.com Great site for reviewing algebra skills
http://www.mathgoodies.com Offers many free review lessons and explanations of math concepts
http://www.calculus.org The calculus review web site!
Books (Available at most Libraries and Major Bookstores)
Essential Mathematics: Basic Math for Everyday Use, Williams and Atkins, Barron.
Contemporary's Building Basic Skills in Mathematics, Contemporary Books
GED Review Book
SAT-I Review Books (publishers include: Arco, Kaplan, Nova and Barron)
Forgotten Algebra, Bleau, Barron
Quick Algebra Review: A Self-Teaching Guide, Selby and Slavin, Wiley.
Please feel free to contact us at (815) 921-2380 if you have any questions regarding the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER).
Confidentiality: Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will only be provided to The College Board, to Rock Valley College, and to the state to meet state information requirements. The information may be used for counseling, advisement and placement purposes and may be used to document whether or not you have met state testing requirements. It may also be used by The College Board for research and training purposes. Your test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose without your permission. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please see your Test Administrator.