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The word “test” can sound intimidating, but at AACC a placement test is simply a tool to help us learn more about your educational background. Not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes. The placement test – required of every new student (with a few exceptions) – helps us determine the best courses for you to begin your AACC experience.


How to Take a Placement Test

At AACC, we use a computerized placement testing system called ACCUPLACER to test skills in math, reading and writing. Once you’ve submitted your application, follow these steps to complete your placement test:

  1. To prepare, watch the ACCUPLACER Prep Video. Make sure to print and sign the video completion certificate. You’ll need to bring this with you to an AACC Testing Center.
  2. Review these study materials to help you prepare.
  3. Visit one of three AACC Testing Centers, submit your video completion certificate and take the test. No appointments or pre-registration are necessary. Just make sure to allow yourself two hours to complete the test.

English as a Second Language

Students who do not speak English or for whom English is a second language may be given the ACCUPLACER LOEP exam. Based on the student's background, ACCUPLACER will automatically determine if the LOEP exam is required. After completing the LOEP exam a student may be required to write an essay to complete the LOEP placement. For an overview of the placement process for non-native speaking students please view our Accuplacer for English as a Second Language Students flyer.

We encourage all ESL students review our ACCUPLACER Prep Guide and the required ESL ACCUPLACER Prep Video (English) or ESL ACCUPLACER Prep Video (Español).  Our prep guide includes sample questions for the ESL ACCUPLACER Test.

Learn more about AACC’s ESL program.


Who is exempt from Placement Testing?

Almost every credit student at AACC is required to take a placement test. However, in some cases, students’ standardized test scores or college transcripts allow us to place them without the test.

Qualifying SAT or ACT Scores (if tested before 3/1/2016)

Test

Score

Placement

SAT Math

550

MAT 141, MAT 135

SAT Critical Reading

510

English 111

ACT Math

21

College Level Math

ACT English

18

English 111

 

Qualifying SAT or ACT Scores (if tested after 3/4/2016)

Test

Score

Placement

SAT Math

500

MAT 100, 133, 221, 222

SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing

500

English 111

ACT Math

21

MAT 100, 133, 135, 221, 222

 

ACT English

18

English 111

 

To submit your SAT or ACT scores, contact Admissions.

To determine whether your transcript from another college qualifies you for an exemption, take a copy of your transcripts to Advising.


Common Questions

These are a few of the most common questions we hear from students about the placement testing process.

When will I learn my placement testing results?

Your scores will be available shortly after completing the placement test.

Can I retake my placement test?

Retesting is not always an option. We encourage you to review AACC’s retesting policies prior to taking your placement test.

Can I use the internet, a calculator or other resources during the test?

Viewing any websites other than ACCUPLACER during your test session is strictly prohibited and considered to be an academic integrity offense. Use of a basic graphing and 4 function calculator are allowed during the math portion of the placement test. Prior to testing, your graphing calculator will be checked to ensure it’s a TI-83/TI-84 or equivalent. If you do not have a calculator, the testing center will allow you to borrow an acceptable calculator during testing.

Are placement tests the only factor in determining what courses I take?

No, the AACC Admissions team considers your placement test scores along with other information from your application – including your learning goals – to choose the best academic placement for you.