Testing and Proctoring

The TBCC Library & Testing Lab are located on the second floor of the TBCC campus. We offer a quiet, distraction free, testing environment. Our three primary testing services are:

  • Accuplacer placement testing
  • College and University Exam Proctoring
  • GED & Job Certification testing

Accuplacer Placement Testing

TBCC uses Placement Testing to determine students’ academic skill level for appropriate course placement. Most new TBCC students are required to take the Placement Test to determine their skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

Placement test scores can demonstrate satisfaction of prerequisite, or required skill levels for enrollment in many TBCC courses. TBCC uses the computer-based Accuplacer Placement Test and testing is offered in the Library.

The test is untimed and can be taken any time during the library’s hours of operation.  The exam takes an average of two hours to complete, but can be broken into sections.  Taking the test is free for students who are planing to attend TBCC.  However, there is a $20 retake fee.

Individuals not intending to take classes at TBCC will be charged $20 to take the test.

Each test (reading, writing and math) may be taken twice in a three year period.

Math placement test scores are valid for 3 years, while reading and writing scores do not expire.

Because the placement test is used to place you in appropriate college level classes, doing your best will save you time and money.  Students are strongly encouraged to use the following study tools to prepare for the test:

Placement Study Tools
Free Practice Tests and Sample Questions

Sample Accuplacer Questions 20 sample questions from each section of the Accuplacer test. Get some practice answering real-life Accuplacer questions, and then check your answers at the end of the document.

Accuplacer Study App This free app includes sample questions and explanations for both correct and incorrect answers. Explore practice questions and get feedback on the skills you need to focus on the most. Available on most devices, as well as on a computer.

4tests
Select the free ACT practice tests (top left) for Reading and Writing only. The math quickly gets too advanced. You can also choose the GED (top left) for practice tests on Reading, Writing, and Math. Avoid the sections that want to charge you for materials.

Learning Express Library

The Learning Express Library is an innovative, Web-based learning solution that provides instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Over 770 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 130 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals.

Writing and Reading

SparkNotes Test Prep
Use this for English (Writing), Chapters 4, 5, 6, and for Reading in Chapters 12 and 13. It may mention ACT, but ACT is the publisher of our test and it is the same. If you want to go directly to a different chapter, change the chapter number in the address above. You can also click on the forward and backward arrows on each chapter web page to access other chapters. Each chapter has several sections to work through.

Edufind.com
This is a free test (you have to get results through your e-mail). The best part is the complete guide to English grammar.

Pre-Algebra (Basic Math) and Algebra – High School Level:

Khan Academy
Create a login, then go to the “Learn” dropdown  and select the “Math” tab. Get clear instructional videos on arithmetic (basic math), pre-algebra, and algebra1. This website is especially helpful if you struggle with math concepts.

Cool Math
For ages 13-100! This is a colorful and fun site with excellent teaching units. Select the pre-algebra and algebra tabs.

Math.com
Select the pre-algebra and algebra tabs from the upper left-hand corner. Stay away from the parts that require payment.

PurpleMath
This includes an extensive list of algebra helps. For Accuplacer, concentrate mostly on the beginning algebra topics.

Exam Proctoring

Local students taking classes or training through other colleges’ distance programs often are required to take exams. The TBCC Library and Testing lab agrees to provide supervision and a secure testing environment for those exams.

Exams are proctored in the Testing lab during the library’s regular hours of operation.  The only exception to this is when the Testing lab is being used for GED testing.  GED testing usually occurs on Thursdays, but other days are possible.  Students are encouraged to contact the library before scheduling a test date with their instructors.

To have an exam proctored you will need to notify your institution that TBCC has agreed to proctor your exam. You will need to provide them with our contact information:

Masyn Phoenix
Librarian
Tillamook Bay Community College
4301 Third Street
Tillamook, OR  97141
masynphoenix@tillamookbaycc.edu
503 842-8222 ext. 1720

Your college or institution will then mail your exam or information to us directly. Because of the high volume of exams we proctor, you will not be notified when it arrives — you will need to contact us to confirm that your exam has been received.

There is no fee for TBCC students.  If you are not a TBCC student, the fee is $30 per exam.  Payment for the exam needs to be received at the TBCC bookstore prior to testing.

GED Testing

TBCC offers many job related certifications. Check with your testing organization to see if TBCC is a testing center for your exam.

For more information about GED testing, as well as information on how to start, click here.