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What is the College Placement Test?
It is a series of tests required for most new students. The tests assess your readiness for college-level English, mathematics, and science courses. You cannot pass or fail these tests. The test scores determine at which level (pre-college or college) the student may begin taking classes. Non-degree and dual-enrollment students are also required to take the Placement Tests, unless they meet one of the exemptions in the section below.
Who is exempt from the Placement Test?
Students who have
- Associates or Bachelors’ degrees;
- taken math, English, or science courses at another accredited institution and earned a C or higher;
- earned a 3 or higher on AP exams
may be exempt from some or all Placement Tests. Please submit official transcripts to the RCC Enrollment Center before scheduling or taking Placement Exams.
What if I tested at another college?
Accuplacer and CELSA scores from other institutions may be accepted and may be submitted for review.
Scores must be:
- less than 3 years old
- verified by the original institution
Scores can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the RCC Department of Testing & Assessment. Please allow 2-3 business days for review. We will verify and then transfer any acceptable scores, and notify you of the results. You may still be required to take some tests at RCC.
How many times can a student take the test?
August 2017: Students may take any section of the Placement Test up to 3 times in 12 months. Students seeking additional retakes must submit a petition to the Coordinator of Student Assessment for review by a Dean or Vice President. Click here to access the Petition for Additional Retests.
Info Sheets And Study Guides
For Students Needing Accommodations
Students who have college-level documentation of a disability should visit Student Accessibility Services page for information on applying for test accommodations.
Copies of Placement Results
Accuplacer retains records for up to 3 years. If you would like a copy of your placement test results sent to you, to another person, or to another school, you must submit an Accuplacer Score Request form. There is no fee for these reports but we must receive the signed request from the test taker.
Accuplacer Testing for Non-RCC Students
Students of other institutions who need to take an Accuplacer test may do so at RCC. The fee for testing non-RCC students is $28.50. The fee must be paid online at the time the appointment is scheduled. To schedule an appointment, visit our registration page. For Exam Group, choose College Placement. For Exam, select the last option: NON-RCC STUDENT ONLY—ACCUPLACER TESTING.
Your results will be issued to you when you complete your exams, and can be forwarded to your school if you provide the specific email, mailing address, or fax number. You will need to fill out an Accuplacer Score Request form and submit it when you check in for testing.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions prior to registration.
RCC Department Of Testing & Assessment
Building 3, Room 217 (new location)
Coordinator: Danielle Tabela
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