Catalog 2016-2017

ACCUPLACER Placement Examination

Applicants seeking admission to associate degree, diploma, and certificates programs must have met minimum EXAM scores. SAT exams administered prior to March 1, 2016 must have a minimum of 450 in critical reading and 450 in math. SAT exams administered after March 1, 2016 must have a minimum score of 490 in math and 24 in Reading or minimum ACT scores of 16 in English, 19 in math, and 18 in reading. Applicants who submit scores lower than the minimums stated above or who have not taken the SAT or ACT within five years of the application deadline must take the ACCUPLACER placement exam or submit official copies of ACCUPLACER or ASSET test scores from other colleges. Applicants who have successfully completed English and mathematics courses with grades of C or higher at other colleges will be exempt from the placement examination requirement if they submit official transcripts with their application for admission.

The Admissions Office admit applicants who do not achieve the minimum ACCUPLACER or ASSET scores needed for regular program admission on a provisional basis if all other requirements are met. The ACCUPLACER and ASSET scores needed to gain regular admission to each program of study offer at the college are available online.

The ACCUPLACER exam is a computer-based, untimed placement test developed by ACT to identify the basic skill levels of students as they enter college. This information is important when selecting an appropriate area of study. The results also provide an indication of the likelihood of success in specific college-level courses. ACCUPLACER measures applicants’ current level of performance in reading, writing, pre-algebra, algebra, and re-calculus.

ACCUPLACER is administered throughout the semester. Upon receipt of admission applications, Admissions staff members send applicants information detailing specific instructions on how to schedule their placement exam appointments. It is the responsibility of applicants to attend and complete the exam during their scheduled appointments.

On the day of testing, applicants must present photo identification to enter the testing session. Applicants are required to arrive on time for testing; they may not be allowed to enter test sessions once testing has begun.

A variety of test preparation materials are available through the Testing Services link, the ACCUPLACER preparation link, and the Library link on the college website.


Applicants who commit acts of academic dishonesty while completing the placement exam will be charged with violating the college’s Academic Honesty Policy.