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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.
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.
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 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 counselor 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 Assessment Appeal Form, complete the form and take it with you to the cashiers office on the first floor of the Administration Building.
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact Disability Support Services, in advance, at 636-922-8581 if you need special accommodations for the Academic Skills Assessment.
English Appeal – The English Department encourages students to appeal their writing placement when they believe it is incorrect. Expect to write two essays. The first essay will be a “take home” assignment 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. Once you start an English course – no appeal will be allowed.
Mathematics Appeal – The Math Department encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. The student will re-assess using a different form of the original assessment test. Students should spend time reviewing skills needed on the assessment before re-testing. If after appealing you feel that your score does not reflect your current math skills, you may discuss your situation with the appropriate math department Chairperson located in ADM 2242 (636-922-8496). Bring any supporting documents, such as ACT scores, high school transcripts and the assessment report to the appointment. Once you start a math course – no appeal will be allowed.
Reading Appeal – The Reading Department encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. The student will re-assess using Accuplacer. Students should spend time reviewing skills needed on the Accuplacer assessment before re-testing. Once you start a reading course – no appeal will be allowed.
NOTE: 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.
The Academic ESL and Intensive English assessment process – The Academic ESL and Intensive English assessment process use multiple measures, including Accuplacer, in-office testing, an essay, and oral interview. The English Language Institute, made 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 will be allowed. However, if the ESL faculty members believe a non-native speaker has been inaccurately placed, the Academic ESL Department may make adjustments to the student’s placement even after the student is taking Intensive English and ESL courses.
Non-Native Speaker Assessment Process and Appeal – Non-native speakers need to make an appointment for an ESL interview as part of the placement/testing process. This appointment can be made by going to the following webpage: www.stchas.edu./internationalappointment. Students should select ESL Interview and then choose to meet with either Dr. Dawn Huffman, Chair of the English Language Institute (Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English (INE) programs), or Meredith Struebing, 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 or who are unable to schedule an interview time may contact Dr. Dawn Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-922-8574