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The Assessment Center staff provide a variety of services to students and the community. The Assessment Center is located in Room 133 of the Student Center. Contact Disability Support Services if you need accommodations for the Academic Skills Assessment.
Before Your test
- Have a valid photo ID ready upon check-in (Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID). This is required when taking tests or inquiring about test scores.
- If you are taking a make-up test for a class, your student ID number is required in addition to a valid photo ID.
- Appointments are not needed to take course placement tests or make-up tests.
- Please allow up to one hour to complete each placement test.
- We do not issue any test less than one hour before closing.
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The Assessment Center is CLOSED on weekends and when the college is closed.
Placement Process - English, Math and Reading
All entering students must meet with an Academic Advisor and are required to submit high school transcripts, college transcripts and ACT scores (if available). Academic Advisors will use a multiple measures approach and work with you to determine the best academic course placement. You may use the placement tool below if you have a recent High School GPA and ACT scores within the last three years.
Students may challenge their Math, English or Reading multiple measures placement by taking the Accuplacer in the Assessment Center. One challenge attempt is allowed. After one year, if you did not start a course, you may take the challenge test again. Once you start a course, no challenge will be allowed. For accommodations, contact Disability Support Services, in advance, at email@example.com.
If you are currently a high school student or graduated in the last 3 years, please bring a copy of your high school transcript and ACT scores to your advising session in case they're not already loaded into our system.
About the Placement Tests
- Each of the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Math Assessment sections is untimed and consists of 20 multiple choice questions. The Accuplacer is computer-adaptive, which means you must answer each question as it is presented to you before you can continue to the next question. Some, but not all, of the math questions contain pop-up calculators. If a question is configured to allow for the use of a calculator, the calculator icon will appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen. The ACCUPLACER Next Generation Math Assessment is comprised of three different tests aligned with different educational pathways.
- The Arithmetic test assesses computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats.
- The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics placement test measures developed ability for mathematics content suited for students entering many non-STEM fields of study or for students who are undecided on a major. Questions focus on topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability and sets, and interpreting graphical displays.
- The Advanced Algebra and Functions placement test is an assessment of test takers’ developed ability for selected mathematics content suited for students entering STEM fields of study, as well as students entering fields of study that require some advanced math. Questions focus on topics including equations and functions, including linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, and exponential. Questions measure some geometry and trigonometry concepts.
- The Accuplacer Reading test measures students’ ability to read closely, determine central ideas from text, and analyze word choice, points of view, and the purpose of a text. Students challenging their reading course placement will take this test.
- The Accuplacer Writing test measures the ability to express ideas in writing and students’ use of sentence structure, word uses and punctuation. Students challenging their English placement will take this test.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the Academic Skills Assessment?
The Accuplacer 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. The following websites provide practice exercises to prepare for the Accuplacer assessments.
- ACCUPLACER Practice Application | College Board ACCUPLACER’s free practice tests provide students with practice resembling actual tests. You'll need to create an account to access practice tests.
- Schnare Library offers the Learning Express Library through its database. The Learning Express Library has resources to prepare for the Accuplacer.
Click Library (stchas.edu) Click Library Databases, then click L, then click Learning Express Library.
The Prepare for College tab has Accuplacer resources including practice tests for each section of the test, and an E-book that has a pretest and lessons that cover the math skills tested on the Accuplacer. Click Prepare for College, then click Get Ready for College Placement Tests.
The Learning Express Library has additional English language arts and math learning resources under the High School Students tab, the College Students tab, and the Adult Core Skills tab.
Learning Express offers a mobile app available in the App Store and the Google Play Store to support users on the go.
Appealing Your Accuplacer Results
Students who did not place into a course, or who would like to place in a higher-level course can appeal their Accuplacer results.
- If a student places below MAT 096, they will be given a resource sheet that will offer options on how to improve his or her math skills.
- If a student places below RDG 085, they must meet with an academic advisor to discuss remediation opportunities.
- There is no appeal for the writing test.
- An appeal can be taken one time only.
- A $10 fee is required for each appeal. Please download and complete the Appeal Form and take it with you to Student Accounts on the first floor of the St Charles Main, Room 1119.
- 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.
Non-Native Speaker Assessment Process: The Academic ESL and Intensive English assessment process uses multiple measures, including an ESL Accuplacer and an oral interview. If you have already filled out the online application at stchas.edu and obtained your student number, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/scc-elci-appointment#/ to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment for the oral interview, which can be followed by the ESL Accuplacer. The Department of ESL, Applied Linguistics, and Global Studies will send the referral for the ESL Accuplacer to the Assessment Center.
International students on F-1 visas should refer Brian Wiltowski in the International Student Service office for an explanation of their assessment policies.
Non-Native Speaker Appeal: The English Language and Culture Institute, part of the ESL, Applied Linguistics, and Global Studies Department, encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. The appeal, considered by the ELCI team, may consist of one or more of the assessment measures used by the department.
For more about the ESL Accuplacer, please go here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/accuplacer/pdf/accuplacer-esl-tests-sample-questions.pdf .
Other Assessment Center Services Include:
It is possible to "test out" of CPT-103 Microcomputer Applications, CPT-106 Introduction to Microsoft Operating Systems, CPT-115 Introduction to Data Processing and CPT-165 Computer Programming Logic. 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 advisor to determine whether your program of study requires you to take the test or class for credit, and for further information. Important to know information 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 our 4:00 pm closing.
- It is the responsibility of the student to determine if credit by exam will be accepted at his or her transfer institution.
- A photo ID is required to take a departmental exam.
- Study guides can be viewed in Enrollment Services, SSB 2201.
- Please stop by Enrollment Services, SSB 2201, to pick up a Departmental Exam Application.
CPT-103 Microcomputer Applications
This exam will cover Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint using Microsoft Office 2016. You will retrieve and save all of your work to a flash drive that will be provided for you. Your exam will be sent to the computer department faculty for scoring and processing. You will receive your results by mail or may pick them up if you choose to do so. (2 hour time limit)
CPT-106 Introduction to Microsoft Operating Systems
This is a 53-item exam consisting of multiple choice and true/false questions covering DOS, Windows, and Linux. This exam is taken online in 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
This is a 100-item true/false and multiple-choice exam taken online in 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 for processing of credit.
CPT- 165 Computer Programming Logic
This is a 12-item multiple-choice and fill in the blank exam taken online in Canvas. Please ensure that you have activated your Canvas account and know your login information before coming to take the exam. Your exam will be sent to the Computer Science Department for grading and processing of credit. (77 minute time limit)
A&P Chemistry Pre-Requisite Exam
The A&P Chemistry Pre-requisite Exam only counts toward the pre-requisite for Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 250A or Microbiology, BIO 246. Passing this exam does not give the student college credit or exempt them from having to take CHM 101/103 or CHM 106 if it is required in their degree plan. It does not count as a pre-requisite for CHM 115 or BIO 150. This exam can only be taken once. If a student fails, there is no appeal process and in order to meet the pre-requisite for BIO 250A or BIO 246, the student should register for CHM 099, CHM 101/103 or CHM 106. View chemistry placement example questions.
Proctoring Available at the Assessment Center
The Assessment Center offers proctoring services for students enrolled in other institutions and to examinees seeking certain certifications. Proctoring is arranged by appointment only.
A flat fee of $25 is charged for testing appointments lasting up to 3.0 hours. Any appointments that require more than 3.0 hours will be charged a flat fee of $40. Two exams scheduled for the same day will be charged separately – per exam. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before requesting a test from your institution.
Additional Tests Offered at SCC
The HiSET® is Missouri’s high school equivalency test. The HiSET® is a computer-based exam consisting of five subject area tests: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing. It is administered Monday through Friday in the St. Charles Community College Assessment Center.
To register for the HiSET®, go to Schedule and Register for HiSET Test | HiSET. For more information, please visit: Client Landing Page | PSI Online (psiexams.com) Test results appear in your HiSET® account within 3-5 business days.
The Missouri High School Equivalency Program has partnered with DiplomaSender for fulfillment of requests for High School Equivalency transcripts and certificates. After passing the HiSET® test, you will be awarded one free certificate and one free transcript. You must register at DiplomaSender.com to receive your free documents.
HESI A2 Entrance Exam
The HESI Admissions Assessment Exam or the HESI A2 is used by Nursing Programs nationwide as a tool to help them screen applicants. Academic subject areas included on the exam are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
Students applying for the RN program must earn a score of 75% on each of the four academic subject areas. Students applying for the LPN program must earn a score of 70% on each of the four academic subject areas.
The HESI A2 Entrance Exam must be taken within two years from program start.
Students may take the HESI A2 up to three times per calendar year not to exceed one time in a three-week period. If you would like to retake the HESI A2, you must email email@example.com to request registration.
For more information, please visit: https://www.stchas.edu/academics/departments/Nursing.
** All HESI A2 requirements and procedures are subject to change.
MoGEA: Missouri General Education Assessment
The MoGEA is required for admission to any Missouri state school of education. This computer-based assessment measures student’s current knowledge in English, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The MoGEA is offered by individual appointment. To register go to www.mo.nesinc.com.
Test prep materials are available here: Prepare (nesinc.com)
Time Required: Approximately 5 hours
Dates Given: Monday through Thursday by appointment.
Cost: Testing Fee to Pearson: $59.00.
This assessment is used to certify paraprofessionals who have not earned an associate degree or have less than 2 years of college. This assessment is computer delivered. To register go to www.mo.nesinc.com.
Time Required: Approx. 2 hours
Dates Given: Monday through Thursday by appointment.
Cost: Testing fee to Pearson - $41.00
Make-Up Test Referrals
The Assessment Center proctors make-up exams for SCC faculty. Faculty may refer students to the Assessment Center to take exams missed in class. Students may take make-up exams during our regular hours without an appointment. They should bring a photo ID, preferably their student ID. No testing will begin in the final hour of the day.