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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, in advance, at 636-922-8581 if you need special 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.
- A referral from an Academic Advisor is required to take the math placement test.
- Please allow up to two hours to complete the math placement test.
- We do not issue any test less than one hour before closing.
Assessment Center Hours
|Days||Open||Check In No Later Than||All Testing Ends|
|Monday||8 a.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8 a.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8 a.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|Thursday||8 a.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.|
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 English or Reading multiple measures placement by interacting with instructional departments. Academic Advisors will assist you with this process. Students may challenge their math placement by receiving a referral from an Academic Advisor to take the Developmental or Transfer Placement Test in the Assessment Center.
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. A photo ID is required to take the Developmental or Transfer Placement Test.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the Academic Skills Assessment?
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 the math placement test. Try working these exercises without using your calculator.
- Practice Problems for Placement into Math 096 Pre-Algebra (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)
- Practice Problems for Placement into Math 158 College Algebra (based on SCC MAT 121 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.)
About the Math Placement Test
- For accommodations, contact Disability Support Services, in advance, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-922-8581.
- The Developmental Math Placement Test (DMP) is composed of 30 multiple-choice questions beginning with the MAT 098 test. After completing the MAT 098 test, the online testing system will route you to a second test depending on the result - MAT 096 or MAT 121.
- A basic calculator is provided online for the test. The Assessment Center will also provide you with a handheld version. You may not use your own.
- Transfer Math Placement Tests (MAT 150 and above) are composed of 20 multiple-choice questions. Calculators are not allowed for these tests.
- All math placement tests are untimed.
- One attempt is allowed. After one year, if you did not start a math course, you may take the challenge test again. Once you start a math course, no challenge will be allowed.
What if I fail the tests?
First, and foremost, the Math Placement Test 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 prior to taking 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.
- If a student places below RDG 085, they must meet with an academic advisor to discuss remediation opportunities.
- An appeal can be taken one time only.
- Students that did not place in a course can repeat the appeal process.
- A $10 fee is required for each appeal. Please download the Math Appeal Form complete the form and take it with you to Student Accounts on the first floor of the Administration Building, 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 ESL Accuplacer, in-office testing, an essay, and an oral interview. If you have already filled out the online application at stchas.edu and obtained your student number, you can come in to take the ESL Accuplacer without an appointment during our open hours.
After taking the ESL Accuplacer, non-native speakers need to make an appointment for an ESL interview (and possible in-office or ZOOM testing) as part of the placement/testing process. Click here to make the appointment: ESL Interviews: English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI) (signupgenius.com) Follow the directions on the page to sign up for an interview/placement appointment with Dr. Dawn Huffman, Chair of the English Language and Culture Institute (Academic ESL and Intensive English (INE) programs), or the ESL Specialist. This is best done after the other ESL essay and placement results are available. Students who wish to inquire about the Academic ESL and INE programs first or who are unable to schedule an interview time may contact Dr. Dawn Huffman or the ESL Specialist Michaela Salyer at email@example.com. Students can also call 636-922-8574 and leave a message. More information is available at https://www.stchas.edu/academics/departments/English-Language-and-Culture-Institute
Non-Native Speaker Appeal: The English Language and Culture Institute, made up of the Academic ESL Department and the Intensive English Department, encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. The appeal may consist of one or more of the multiple measures used as determined by the department. Once a student has entered an ESL course – no appeal or test-out option will be allowed. However, if the ESL faculty members believe a non-native speaker has been inaccurately placed, the Academic ESL Department may adjust the student’s placement even after the student is taking Intensive English and ESL courses.
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
Assessment Center personnel are available to proctor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 http://hiset.ets.org/take/schedule. The total cost for all five subject area tests is $98.75. Test retakes are available for a small fee. For more information, please visit: http://hiset.ets.org/take/fees/. Test results appear in your HiSET® account within 3-5 business days. When you have passed all five subject area tests, you will receive a Certificate of High School Equivalence from the Missouri Department of Education.
HESI A2 Entrance Exam
The HESI Entrance Exam is used by Nursing Programs nationwide as a tool to help them screen applicants. The test is also referred to as the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam or the HESI A2.
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.
Academic subject areas included are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
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 six-week period.
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.
Time Required: Approximately 2 hours
Dates Given: Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
Cost: Testing Fee to Pearson: $41.00.
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: Tuesday and Wednesday 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.