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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.
What Is the Academic Skills Assessment?
The Academic Skills Assessment is a series of assessment tests that helps SCC determine which courses you should take to start your educational career.
Who is required to take the Academic Skills Assessment?
- First-time entering freshmen taking 6 or more credit hours (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 three 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.
- 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 Accuplacer ESL assessment will be used to measure a student's English listening, grammar and reading skills.
ACT PLACEMENT SCORE INFORMATION: If you achieved at least the following minimum ACT sub-test scores, congratulations - you are NOT required to take the Academic Skills Assessment for that subject.
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 with you in case they're not already loaded into our system.
A couple of things you need to know:
- If you placed high enough in one subject to waive the assessment test, but not in another, you'll need to take the assessment test for that particular subject area.
- ACT Scores and High School GPA's are valid for three years.
Math Placement Tool
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the Academic Skills Assessment?
Yes! Accuplacer provides a series of sample problems and answer keys you can use to refresh your math, reading 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.
Knowledge of basic mathematical concepts including computation with fractions, decimals, and signed numbers is a necessary pre-requisite skill. We recommend that all high school students continually review basic computation skills and take math their senior year in order to maintain and retain their math skills prior to entering college. The following websites provide practice exercises for preparing for our SCC in-house placement exam. Try working these exercises without using your calculator.
- Practice Problems for Placement into Math 096 Prealgebra (based on SCC prerequisite basic skills)
- Practice Problems for Placement into Math 098 Beginning Algebra (based on SCC MAT 096 exit skills)
- Practice Problems for Placement into Math 121 Intermediate Algebra (based on SCC MAT 098 exit skills)
- www.testprepreview.com (There are many practice math tests here to choose from.)
- www.act.org (Select mathematics then select content areas to view short sample tests OR select PDF versions which provide more sample questions.)
- mathonline.missouri.edu (This math site is offered through the University of Missouri-Columbia and provides many sample tests.)
When can I take the Academic Skills Assessment?
If you've already filled out the online application for admission, please give us two business days to process your application. You can come in to take the Academic Skills Assessment without an appointment anytime during the hours below. Please allow up to 2-2½ hours to complete the full Academic Skills Assessment (English, Math, Reading). 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 (Fall break and Spring break).
Contact Disability Support Services, in advance, at 636-922-8581 if you need special accommodations for the Academic Skills Assessment.
What do I need to bring with me to take the Assessment?
You'll need your high school transcripts and ACT scores (if you graduated high school in the last 3 years) and a photo ID are all that's required for testing.
What will I be tested on?
The Academic Skills Assessment consists of three parts. They are: Accuplacer reading, multiple measured mathematics, and an English essay.
For samples of the Accuplacer reading assessment questions visit https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.
But I have no computer experience!
Accuplacer is extremely user-friendly. It was designed for people with little or no computer experience and Assessment Center staff will assist you in getting started. Accuplacer is self-directed and you will use a few keyboard "keys" to select or highlight your responses as you move through the different tests. Like the English essay, not all assessments are 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 our math skills test (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 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 Accuplacer (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 Accuplacer 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 three 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.