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For more information, email ac@stchas.edu or call 636-922-8629.

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The Assessment Center and its staff provide a variety of services to students and the community. We offer online as well as conventional paper-and-pencil style assessments. The Assessment Center is located in Room 133 of the Student Center.

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The Academic Skills Assessment for incoming students is done on a walk-in basis unless otherwise indicated. New students need to complete the online application for admission two business days before coming into assess. Our hours of operation are listed below. Please allow 2-2½ hours to complete the full Academic Skills Assessment. A photo ID is required for all testing. No testing will begin in the final hour of the day.

Days Open Check In No Later Than All Testing Ends
Monday 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. 7 p.m. 7:45 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. 7 p.m. 7:45 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.

The Assessment Center is CLOSED on weekends and when the college is closed.
The Assessment Center closes at 4 p.m. each day classes are not in session due to fall break and spring break.

Assessment Center Services Include

Academics Skills Assessment

What Is the Academic Skills Assessment?

St. Charles Community College expects students to exhibit certain academic skills and competencies before they take college-level courses. The Academic Skills Assessment is a series of basic skills indicators that allow you and your advisor to work together to help you succeed in your courses. There is no "passing" score. Rather, the Academic Skills Assessment scores indicate areas where you are strong, academic areas where you may need help, and which courses to take as a starting point for your educational career. All of the assessments are untimed. Students use an onscreen calculator during the math assessment.

All assessments are administered during regular Assessment Center hours and do not require an appointment.

Contact Disability Support Services, in advance, at 636-922-8581 if you need special accommodations for the Academic Skills Assessment.

Who is required to take the Academic Skills Assessment?

  • First-time entering freshmen taking 6 credit hours or more (two or more classes).
  • Students planning to take English, math or courses that require English or math as a prerequisite.
  • Students who have taken the Academic Skills Assessment more than two years ago and have not since completed a math or English course at the college level.
  • Students who do not have a High School Equivalency (HSE) and have not graduated from high school MUST take the assessment and meet with a counselor before they will be allowed to register for any classes.

What will I be tested on?

The Academic Skills Assessment consists of three parts. They are: COMPASS® reading and mathematics, and an English essay.

The reading and mathematics tests are part of the COMPASS® System. This is a computer assessment developed by ACT, Inc. It stands for Computer-adapted Placement Assessment and Support Services. What makes COMPASS® unique is that it adapts to your abilities ... questions increase in difficulty depending on your skill level.

For samples of the COMPASS® assessment questions visit http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.

NOTE - St. Charles Community College will accept the following ACT® scores (taken within the past two years):

  • Reading, 18 or above. You do not have to take our Compass® Reading assessment. No developmental reading courses are required.
  • Mathematics, 23 or above. You do not have to take our Compass® Mathematics assessment. You may enroll in College Algebra.
  • English, 21 or above. You do not have to write an essay. You may enroll in ENG 101, English Composition I.

Non-native English speaking students will be required to take further assessments for possible placement into one or more of our credit awarding English as a Second Language classes. The COMPASS-ESL assessment will be used to measure a student's English listening and reading skills.

But I have no computer experience!

COMPASS® is extremely user-friendly. It was designed for people with little or no computer experience. Assessment Center staff will assist you in getting started. COMPASS® is self-directed. You will use a few keyboard "keys" to select or highlight your responses as you move through the different tests. Like the English essay, COMPASS® is not timed - so you can relax!

What if I fail the tests?

First and foremost, the Academic Skills Assessment is not a pass/fail test; it was developed to assist in college academic advising and course placement. The results will help you choose courses and make appropriate career decisions. In other words, your scores will indicate where your academic strengths and needs lie in relation to college-level work for your chosen major.

  • You may be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses before being allowed to take college-level courses.
  • If a student places below MAT 096, the student will be given a resource sheet that will offer options on how to improve his or her math skills. Students must meet with an academic counselor and wait at least one week before retesting.
  • If a student places below RDG 085, they must meet with an academic counselor to discuss remediation opportunities.

English Appeals – The English Department encourages students to appeal their writing placement when they believe it is incorrect. Students should begin this appeal process by discussing the options with a counselor. Expect to write two essays. The first essay will be a “take home” essay consisting of approximately 500 words. This essay will be typed and submitted to the Assessment Center when you appear to complete the second essay, which will be approximately 300 words written on a computer under the supervision of a proctor. You must complete the appeal process before starting an English class (a $10 fee will be charged to cover the cost of this assessment appeal).

Mathematics Appeals – The Math Department encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. Students should begin this appeal process by discussing the options with a counselor. The student may be allowed to reassess using COMPASS (a $10 fee will be charged to cover the cost of the assessment appeal). You will be expected to spend time reviewing skills needed on the Compass assessment before re-testing (a mandatory waiting period of one week is required between testing). If after appealing you feel that you score doesn't reflect your current math skills, you may discuss your situation with the appropriate math department Chairperson located in ADM 2242 (636-922-8496). Any supporting documents, such as ACT scores, high school transcripts and the assessment report should be brought to the appointment. Once you start a math course – no appeal will be allowed.

Reading Appeals – The Reading Department encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. Students should begin this appeal process by discussing the options with a counselor. The student may be allowed to re-assess using COMPASS (a $10 fee will be charged to cover the cost of the assessment appeal). You will be expected to spend time reviewing skills needed on the Compass assessment before re-testing (a mandatory waiting period of one week is required between testing). Once you start a reading course – no appeal will be allowed.

NOTE - You MUST re-take the English, math or reading assessment if it has been at least two years since you last assessed and you never enrolled in a class. An appeal can be taken one time only. Students that did not place in a course can repeat the appeal process.

You could be advised to withdraw from a college-level course and take assessment tests if the instructor believes you lack necessary skills to continue. A student with an identified deficiency may then enter a recommended developmental course to address the deficiency.

Should you require assistance in meeting academic challenges, the college offers courses in math, reading, study skills and English as well as instructional support services through our Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Tutoring Center.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for the Academic Skills Assessment?

Yes! The official Compass website provides a series of sample problems and answer keys you can use to refresh your math, English and writing skills prior to taking the test. Students who have used these review questions have experienced better test results. Our math tip sheet lists additional helpful resources for test preparation.

Departmental Exams

Testing Out of a Class

It is possible to "test out" of CPT-103 Microcomputer Applications, CPT-106 Introduction to Microsoft Operating Systems and CPT-115 Introduction to Data Processing. The fee for each departmental test-out exam is equal to one credit hour of current in-district tuition. A student may receive credit for the class(es) or waive a pre-requisite. Consult an academic counselor to determine whether your program of study requires you to take the test or class for credit, and for further information.

Important to know about these tests:

  • You may only take these exams once.
  • The tests are available during normal Assessment Center hours. Not available on Saturdays. Allow at least two hours to complete before closing.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to determine if credit by exam will be accepted at his or her transfer institution.
  • Your SCC student I.D. is required to take a departmental exam.
  • Study guides can be viewed in Enrollment Services, ADM 1204.
  • Please stop by Enrollment Services, ADM 1113, to pick up a Departmental Exam Application.

CPT-106 Introduction to Microsoft Operating Systems

Requires 24 hours to upload into Canvas.

This is a 146-item exam consisting of multiple choice and true/false questions covering Microsoft operating systems. The exam will be administered on Canvas. Please ensure that you have activated your Canvas account and know your login information before coming to take the exam. You will know your score when you are finished. Your exam will be sent to the Computer Science Department faculty for processing of credit.

CPT-115 Introduction to Data Processing

Requires 24 hours to upload into Canvas.

This is a 100-item true/false and multiple-choice exam taken on Canvas. Please ensure that you have activated your Canvas account and know your login information before coming to take the exam. You will know your score when you are finished. Your exam will be sent to the Computer Science Department faculty for processing of credit.

External Course Testing - Fee Service

Proctoring Available at the Assessment Center

Assessment Center personnel are available to act as proctors for students taking tests as part of an online course offered by other institutions, or to obtain certain certifications. There is a charge for this service. Testing appointments that require <1.0 – 3.0 hours will be charged a flat rate of $25. Any appointments that require 3.0+ hours will be charged a flat rate of $40. Two exams scheduled the same day will be charged separately – per exam

Interested students should email ac@stchas.edu. We do not charge for currently enrolled SCC students, students attending a Missouri community college, active duty military service personnel or veterans and their qualified dependents.

Proctoring is arranged on an appointment basis only. At least one week and up to two weeks are needed to confirm a test date. During peak service periods, it might be necessary for this service to be limited or suspended. Please contact us at ac@stchas.edu before requesting a test from your institution.

Miscellaneous Tests Offered at SCC

MoGEA: Missouri General Education Assessment

Starting in September 2013, the new requirement for admission to any Missouri state school of education is the Missouri General Education Assessment and will be offered on an individual appointment basis. This assessment is computer delivered. To register go to www.mo.nesinc.com. To pay the SCC sitting fee go to www.stchas.edu/mogea.

Time Required: approx. 5 hours

Dates Given: Wednesday and Thursday by appointment

Cost: Testing fee to Pearson - $49
Sitting fee to SCC - $20 for all 4

Paraprofessional Exam

This assessment is used to certify paraprofessionals who have not earned an associate’s degree or have less than 2 years of college. This assessment is computer delivered. To register go to www.mo.nesinc.com. To pay the SCC sitting fee go to www.stchas.edu/mogea.

Time Required: approx. 2 hours

Dates Given: Wednesday and Thursday by appointment

Cost: Testing fee to Pearson - $35
Sitting fee to SCC - $10

ACT

The college administers the ACT during national test dates.

Some ACT links are:

ACT Preparation Classes

  • The Division of Corporate and Community Development offers ACT preparation classes during the school year.
  • The dates and cost of the course are listed in the non-credit class brochure and online here
  • For more information about the ACT preparation classes, call 636-922-8310.

How to Sign Up: All registration is done through ACT. Registration packets are available in Room 1204 of the Administration Building. Our ACT test center code is 022810.

Time Required: approx. 4 hours

Dates Given: See ACT online registration for dates

Cost: 34

Tips for Successful Test Taking

No matter which assessment you are taking, the Assessment Center staff suggests you follow these important steps in preparation for completing an assessment or test.

  1. Stay Awake
    You'll never do your best if you are over-tired. Plan to come to the center after a good night's sleep or on a day that hasn't been especially tiring.
  2. Allow Time
    If you are taking an untimed test, be sure to allow enough time before we close to allow you to take your time. If taking timed tests, allow for the full time limit.
  3. Know Where You Are Going
    Take a "test drive" to our location just to make sure you know how to find us. This will relieve a lot of your anxiety on test day.
  4. Celebrate Afterward
    Try to schedule your test taking so you can relax and reward yourself for your hard work after it's over. Don't "squeeze" it into your schedule before going to work. Don't penalize yourself by scheduling important events afterward and then rushing through the test.
  5. Ask Questions
    If you do not understand directions or procedures don't be afraid to ask. You have a right to ask questions!
  6. Know Your Assessment
    Be sure you understand fully the uses and implications of any assessment you take before you take it. What will your score mean for you? Can you re-assess? Again, ask questions. Also, ask if assessment preparation/study guides are available.

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