It is incumbent upon students to fully prepare before taking ACCUPLACER, the Gulf Language School’s placement assessment tool.
Retesting is appropriate when there is reason to believe that a score obtained from previous testing does not accurately reflect the examinee’s true level of knowledge or skill. Typically, retesting is appropriate in two situations:
(1) when factors other than the examinee’s ability are believed to have influenced the previous testing and (2) when the scores obtained from earlier testing are no longer believed to reflect the student’s current ability.
Situation 1: Performance influenced by factors other than ability
In Situation 1, some aspect of the previous testing session is believed to have caused the examinee to perform in a manner not indicative of his or her actual level of ability. For example, the examinee may have become physically ill during the test or for some reason was unable to put forth his or her best effort. An examinee who does not understand the testing procedures or who cheats on the test falls into this category.
A testing session that is interrupted or improperly administered to the extent that it hinders student performance is another cause for retesting. In Situation 1, the examinee can be retested as soon as the disruptive situation has been resolved.
Situation 2: Significant change in examinee ability
In Situation 2, a significant change, whether an increase or a decrease, is believed to have occurred in the examinee’s relevant knowledge and skills. For example, if the examinee has engaged in a learning activity since the previous ACCUPLACER testing and the learning activity is likely to have meaningfully improved the examinee’s relevant knowledge and skills, then ACCUPLACER retesting may occur as soon as the learning activity is completed.
In some cases, this type of retesting is referred to as post-testing, because it follows the conclusion of a learning experience (e.g., completion of a prerequisite course) that has occurred since the previous testing. The purpose of such retesting is often to determine if the examinee now meets intended prerequisite skill levels appropriate for placement into the next course. In some instances, an examinee’s scores may be from testing that occurred several months earlier or even more than a year earlier. If it is reasonable to assume that the examinee’s current level of knowledge and skills should be verified, ACCUPLACER retesting can be conducted at any time but must fall within the ACCUPLACER/ESL retest timeline guidelines listed below.
Retesting for pre-university applicants
Students are encouraged to complete a test review for the subject area in which he or she wishes to retest in. The Office of GLS Administrative Assistant will provide reviews for the test.
- The student requesting the retest must contact the director of the Gulf Language School for approval.
- If approved, a form will be completed and given to the student for presentation to assessment specialist.
- The Office of the GLS Administrative Assistant will schedule the retest. A copy of the approved retest form must be presented to the assessment specialist at the time of re-testing.
- The director, after review of the assessment specialist’s placement, determines final placement.
Note: There is a seven (7) day waiting period to retest.