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Why is it necessary for me to test?

The tests serve several purposes. First, Northern Oklahoma College has a commitment to helping students reach their academic and career goals. One way to do this is by placing students in the most appropriate classes for their skill levels.  Each course has minimum skill requirements in math, reading, writing, and/or science.  The tests help us place students in classes where they will be most successful. Secondly, some students may have curricular deficiencies because they did not have certain high school classes. The test  may help clear some of these deficiencies if the student’s skill level is high enough. Finally, there is an Oklahoma State Regents requirement that colleges and universities have assessment information on file.

What Are Zero Level Courses?

They are developmental classes designed to substitute for courses you may not have taken in high school. They will also refresh or build your skills if you have been out of school for a while.  Zero level courses will count towards full-time status for financial aid or insurance benefits; however they are not applied towards your degree program requirements.

Are There Any Tips For Taking a Test?

Whether you are a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different then if you were to take an essay test. Go to to help improve your test taking skills study skills.