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Graduation Competency Testing

The Reading and Math Graduation Competencies are administered to students who are applying for an AA/AS Degree. These competency requirements may be satisfied by completing specific courses as listed in the graduation requirements section of the FLC catalog or by passing the competency examinations administered in the Assessment Center. Students should consult with a counselor to determine whether an examination is required. In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students should submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor. The math competency test is administered by appointment only. Please call the assessment office to make an appointment. The reading competency exam is administered during regular testing times. See the Testing Calendars page.

Reading Competency 

Effective October 18, 2013 the LRCCD Reading Competency test district-wide policy will change: 

·         Students will now have 2 ways to pass the Reading Competency test: 

o    COMPASS Reading Comprehension Test-

§  All students will be allowed a maximum of two attempts on this test in a lifetime at all Los Rios Colleges. TWO ATTEMPTS MAXIMUM DISTRICTWIDE.

§  Students at ARC may have already met this limit because they already used the COMPASS for competency prior to October 18, 2013.

o    Course placement tests (Accuplacer at SCC or CTEP at ARC, CRC, FLC)

§  On their first attempt if they meet the threshold to meet competency, they met the requirement. 

The COMPASS test is composed of reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions regarding the content. It is administered on the computer and is untimed. Allow 2 hours. 

Reading Competency Sample Questions

Math Competency - Elementary Algebra

The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items. No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil and is 30 minutes in length. Allow 45 minutes. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.

Math Competency Elementary Algebra Sample Questions

Additional Math Competency Elementary Algebra Sample Questions

Math Competency - Intermediate Algebra

The test is composed of 20 algebra questions.No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil and is timed for 60 minutes. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.

Math Competency Intermediate Algebra Study Guide