Sometime in the next few days I have to take a 'placement test' in order to take an evening class at a nearby tech school.
I graduated thirty years ago with a B.S. and took several classes at the tech school a few years back but have been told that they have lost my college transcript, hence the need for the placement test.
Not having taken such a test in over thirty years I don't know what to expect. To add insult to injury, I have to write an essay.....on the spot.
you'll want to practise on the essay written on the spot.
I'm not sure if they allow it, but if there is a topic given before hand, get a few cue cards.
I bombed the written essay on the spot plenty of times because I couldn't think of anything or get enough points to make a full 5 paragraph essay.
Our students are required to take a placement test as well (2 year college) - I took it too when I re-enrolled as a full time students some years ago. It was a test that had english/grammer/math etc questions that allowed the councellors to see if there is a problem in one area and then steer the future student towards a class that would bring them up to speed in the weak area. I have to say I sweated a bit - especially on the few algebra questions, but most stuff you can back yourself into.