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.
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.
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?
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.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 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!
All new students enrolling in credit classes are required to complete placement testing prior to registration.
The purpose of the Rock Valley College (RVC) Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) is to assess your current skills in reading, English and math for placement into appropriate coursework at RVC. It is an online test featuring a computer-based format, unlimited time and immediate scores. The ACCUPLACER placement test is comprised of three sections:
Refreshing your memory on math formulas, grammar rules, reading skills, or reviewing general information on test preparation may help you feel less anxious and more confident.
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Walk-in Testing: (no appointment necessary)
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fall & Spring Semester Hours: Select evenings & Saturdays. Please call (815) 921-2380 for an appointment.
Obtaining a waiver for Placement Testing: You may be able to obtain a waiver for one or more of the sections of the test by:
1. Submitting ACT or SAT scores to the Records & Registration office.
2. Submitting Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts. See Advanced Placement page.
3. Transfer students or students already holding a college degree may also be waived from all or portions of the placement test by submitting transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office.
Special Arrangements for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability or temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, contact Disability Support Services at (815) 921-2356.
What to Bring With You to test: A photo ID is required for all testing services (i.e. driver's license, state ID or passport).
Storage of Personal Items: Calculators, cell phones and any type of electronic devices are not permitted. Lockers are provided for these items and all other personal belongings.
Score Reporting: When you have completed the tests, you will see a report of your scores on the screen and you will receive a printed report of your scores. You can find out more about your scores by viewing the Guide to ACCUPLACER Placement Scores.
After Placement Testing: When testing is complete, new students are required to attend a mandatory Educational Planning Session (EPS) before registering for classes. After you have tested and attended an EPS session, you are encouraged to visit the Advising & Counseling Center on the top floor of the Student Center to help determine class selection and assist you in making decisions regarding your educational opportunities at Rock Valley College. Call the Advising & Counseling Center at (815) 921-4100 to make an appointment or obtain walk-in hours.
Re-Testing: For more information about re-testing, please go to Re-Test Policy.
Review & Study Information
Click below ACCUPLACER Placement Test Review Guide - Including Sample Questions for review and preparation. Paper copies are available in the Testing Center.
Official ACCUPLACER Study App: iTunes
Video Preparation for ACCUPLACER: http://www.mclennan.edu/students/testing/accuplacer/prep.html
For more Sample Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) Questions visit http://php.yccd.edu/assessment/sample.html and www.brookhavencollege.edu/studentsvcs/testingcenter/accuplacer_prep.aspx
For additional assistance in refreshing your academic skills, visit these subject specific web sites:
Reading and Vocabulary Web site Resources:
http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwrtp/instrdg.htm Provides a general reading test for practicehttp://www.cerritos.edu/reading/mainide2.htm More help with finding main ideas in paragraphs and identifying topic sentences
English (Sentence Skills) Web site Resources:
http://www.cerritos.edu/reading/mainide2.htm More help with finding main ideas in paragraphs and identifying topic sentences
http://www.nv3.commnet.edu/BCASERTA/MATHREVIEW Math questions matching ACCUPLACER math categories
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 placement testing appointment.
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.