Non-Native Speakers of English

Onondaga offers English and reading courses designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of students for whom English is not their native language. In order to determine course placements in English/ESL, reading and math, these students are required to complete the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) Reading Skills, Listening Skills, writing sample (Writeplacer) and math tests. LOEP Testing is on a walk-in basis during posted hours. Please see our Testing Schedule for available times. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Can the test affect my admission status for OCC?

Satisfactory English proficiency is required by all non-native speakers of English and it is critical to your college success. Please note that test results may affect your admission to the college.

What tests are included in the LOEP battery?

Your first step in the testing process is to complete LOEP. LOEP testing consists of multiple choice tests in Reading Skills, Listening Skills, math and a writing sample (essay).  

What is the Writing Sample?

You will be provided with a topic and asked to type an essay (approximately 300 words) on the computer. The writing sample is timed, and you will have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete your essay.

Where can I obtain review sheets/sample tests?

You can download printable versions of the review sheets or get printed copies from the Student Central.

Should I study for the test?

To make sure that your test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in grammar, composition, reading, algebra and arithmetic.

How do I schedule an appointment for the testing?

LOEP Testing is on a walk-in basis during posted hours. Please see our Testing Schedule for available times.

What if I'm not comfortable with computers?

ACCUPLACER is very easy to use, even for prospective students with little computer experience. Since ACCUPLACER is an online test, however, you must have very basic computer skills in order to complete it (using a mouse, keyboard, scrolling through a webpage, etc). Take time to become comfortable with the internet, mouse and keyboard prior to testing.

How long does the LOEP battery take to complete?

The battery of tests takes approximately 2 hours to complete. The Reading Skills, Listening Skills and math tests are not timed and the writing sample is 1 hour. Some students may be able to complete testing in multiple sessions. Check with the Test Administrator for eligibility.

May I use a calculator?

No, calculator use is not allowed.  There will be an on-screen calculator available for some questions.  Use of any calculator other than the on-screen calculator within the Accuplacer math test will result in invalidation of test scores.

May I use a dictionary?

No dictionaries are allowed.

What should I bring with me to the test?

A photo I.D. is required.

What if I have a learning disability or other type of disability and need special assistance?

If you need accommodations because of a documented disability, you must contact the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) prior to testing.

After I have taken the test, when will I get my results?

Students will receive their scores upon completion of the placement test.

Can I be re-tested?

Please discuss re-test options with the Test Administrator.