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Placement Testing

Using the computerized assessment, Accuplacer Online, each student is tested in four skill areas: reading, writing (2 parts), math computation and algebra. At the completion of the test, results are immediately generated. These results provide counselors and faculty advisors with the information necessary to register students based on their individual academic needs.

Does everyone take Placement Testing?

Students may present recent SAT scores, approved basic skills test scores from another institution, or college-level English and Mathematics transfer grades of C or better to be waived from the testing requirement. SAT scores of 540 or above in the Critical Reading or ACT scores of 23 or higher in English waive the requirement for reading comprehension and writing placement testing. SAT math scores of 530 and above or ACT  math scores of 23 or higher waive the requirement for math testing.

If you have taken the Accuplacer test at another institution, it is your responsibility to have your scores sent to the Testing Coordinator at SCCC prior to registration. We give the following Accuplacer sub-tests: WritePlacer Essay, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Math Computation, and Algebra. Students missing any of these sub-tests must take those sections at SCCC for placement purposes. Students transferring from another college must adhere to SCCC placement policies.

Students who are transferring credits and have already completed college-level English composition and mathematics with a minimum grade of C or have earned a college degree are exempt from Placement Testing. This must be documented with a copy of a transcript or a degree. The student is responsible for presenting this documentation to the Counseling Office and Registrar prior to registration.

Students matriculated in certificate or degree programs which do not require a college-level mathematics course must still complete remediation through basic mathematics if a deficiency is shown in that area.

Students for whom English is not their native language do not take the Placement Test until after they complete the ESL program.

Check out our schedule for placement testing here!

Make sure you obtain your student ID number prior to the test, and bring a personal ID to the test (photo ID is preferable). Students may re-take the Accuplacer Placement Tests, (any or all sections) one time at a fee of $10.00 per section.