Placement Assessment Information

Placement Assessment Session

1. Admissions application must be filed prior to attending a placement assessment session. You must know your SSCC identification number that begins with the letter "S" to register for a placement assessment session. You receive your SSCC ID during the admissions application process.

2. The Testing and Assessment Center offers two different options for students that need to take the placement exam. Walk-in testing and scheduled sessions are both available.

3.  If you need accommodations for a disability while taking the placement assessment, please contact ods@sheltonstate.edu. 

4.  Scheduled exam sessions begin promptly at the scheduled time.  Students must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning time of the placement assessment session.  Students arriving after the placement exam has started, will need to reschedule another session.

ACCUPLACER Placement Exam

The Testing and Assessment Center offers two different options for students that need to take the placement exam. Walk-in testing and scheduled sessions are both available.


 

 

 

 

 

No appointment needed. 
Walk-in ACCUPLACER placement sessions

Testing Begins

Arrive No Later Than

 

Every Tuesday on Martin Campus, Room 1824

 

12:00 noon

 

3:00 p.m.

Every Thursday  on Martin Campus, Room 1824

 

8:30 a.m.

 

11:30 a.m.

Due to graduation activities on Thursday, May 4, no ACCUPLACER session will be available on that day. 

 

Appointment required. Scheduled ACCUPLACER  
placement sessions available

Testing Begins

For scheduling dates and times

Fredd Campus

1:00 p.m.

 

 

 Martin Campus

In addition to walk-in testing sessions with no appointment necessary available every Tuesday and Thursday, we offer other sessions on alternative dates and times, where an appointment is necessary.  Please click on the link on the right to view available dates and times. 

Scheduled sessions are set on a month to month basis. 

 

Dates and Times vary.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions to Campus

        Martin Campus, Room 1826 - Directions to Martin Campus 
        Fredd Campus, Room 116 - Directions to Fredd Campus   


 

Overview

Overview

For students without acceptable ACT or SAT scores or previous college classes, Shelton State requires a comprehensive assessment in English, mathematics, and reading prior to enrollment in classes. Course placement is determined by the results of placement assessment.  Currently, ACCUPLACER is the official assessment instrument used by the College.   Students who provide approved placement assessment scores from another institution do so with the understanding that Shelton State accepts raw scores, not class placements.

Students must have an application for admission on file with the Enrollment Services Office in order to take the placement assessment. Placement assessment scores are valid for three years. Students who enroll in a course without appropriate assessment scores may be withdrawn from the course by the College and may not qualify for a refund of tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all assessment requirements are met. For more information, email testing@sheltonstate.edu


Policies and Procedures

  • Sessions begin promptly at the scheduled time.  Please note the beginning time of your session, when you schedule your appointment.  Sessions are scheduled for a three hour block of time, but you must be present at the beginning of the session.
  • Check-in will begin approximately fifteen minutes before the assessment time - please do not be late. 
  • Students must bring an official unexpired photo ID to the assessment. Failure to do so will result in students not being admitted to that particular session. 
  • The math section allows calculators only on certain problems via an online calculator provided in the testing software. No outside calculators are allowed.  
  • This assessment is computerized and not timed. 
  • There is no cost for the first time a student takes the placement assessment. 
  • For students wishing to retest, fees will be charged.   More information about retesting is listed below. 
  • Students will receive scores and course placement immediately upon completion of the placement assessment. 

Review for Placement Assessment

Students are strongly encouraged to study before testing.  Please note the official ACCUPLACER Sample Test includes multiple sub-tests.  Students should prepare to take the following sub-tests:  Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math.

Placement Assessment Help Sessions: 

Free ACCUPLACER Help Session offered at the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Free placement assessment help sessions offered through Shelton State Community College are for students taking the placement assessment for the first time or for students wishing to retake a portion of the assessment.

   ACCUPLACER Study Apphttps://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

 The free ACCUPLACER Web App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize students with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test.

College Readiness Online Course: https://www.march2success.com/courses/courseaccess
  • March2Success provides a customized learning path to help students improve performance on college placement exams and take college level coursework.

EdReady: www.Edready.org

  • EdReady can help students to identify knowledge gaps and then prepare them to do their best on these types of tests.

 ACCUPLACER Study Guides & Resources:  http://www.aims.edu/student/testing/studyguides/

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Remote Placement Assessment

Individuals interested in applying to Shelton State Community College may take the approved placement assessment placement test at approved testing sites nationwide.  We require all testing be done in a proctored setting.  No tester is allowed to test without the supervision of an approved proctor.  This ensures the integritity of students' test scores and the security of the ACCUPLACER tests.   To request information about remote testing, email testing@sheltonstate.edu.

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Retesting Placement Information

Retesting is allowed one time every calendar year.  Evidence of preparation must be provided before being allowed to retest.  The preparatory activities can include academic boot camps, help sessions, online pre-tests, and placement test applications.  Please request documentation for any tutoring, boot camps, or workshops that can verify that a review has been completed.  For online preparation, be prepared to provide web addresses of any sites visited for review, and, if possible, print an audit log of time engaged or any review material completed online.  An official photo ID must be provided on the retest date.  A retesting fee of $10 per subject must be paid in the Cashier’s Office. 

Retesting Procedures:

Before exam day

  1. Complete preparation review for the subject.
  2. Remember to be prepared to provide exam preparation documentation to Testing and Assessment Center staff on the day of the exam.

On exam day

  1. Arrive at the Testing and Assessment Center no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the testing session, to receive an approval form to retest.
  2. Present evidence of exam preparation documentation.
  3. Take the approval form to the Cashier’s Office; pay retesting fees, and receive a receipt.
  4. Bring the receipt to the testing session. 

 ACCUPLACER Preparation Opportunities

 Placement Assessment Help Sessions: Free ACCUPLACER Help Session offered at the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College

  • Free placement assessment help sessions offered through Shelton State Community College are for students taking the placement assessment for the first time or for students wishing to retake a portion of the assessment.

ACCUPLACER Study Apphttps://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

  • The free ACCUPLACER Web App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize students with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test.

 Placement Assessment Help Sessions: Free ACCUPLACER Help Session offered at the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College

  • Free placement assessment help sessions offered through Shelton State Community College are for students taking the placement assessment for the first time or for students wishing to retake a portion of the assessment.

  College Readiness Online Course: https://www.march2success.com/courses/courseaccess

  • March2Success provides a customized learning path to help students improve performance on college placement exams and take college level coursework.

 EdReady: www.Edready.org

  • EdReady can help students to identify knowledge gaps and then prepare them to do their best on these types of tests.

 ACCUPLACER Study Guides & Resources:  http://www.aims.edu/student/testing/studyguides/

  • ACCUPLACER Study Guides & Resources online provide helpful study guides in reading, sentence skills and math for students preparing for the ACCUPLACER exam.          

 

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Transferring Placement Assessment Scores

To transfer your Placement Assessment scores to Shelton State Community College:

If the assessment has been taken within the past 3 years, Shelton State Community College will accept approved placement assessment scores from other institutions.  Your scores must be sent to Shelton State Community College Testing and Assessment Office via mail or fax, directly from the assessment institution.   Download and complete the Request for placement scores to be sent to SSCC .  Send the completed form to the institution that holds your approved placement assessment results. Check with the assessment institution to be sure they do not require additional paperwork. 

To transfer your placement assessment scores to another college or employer:

Please complete and submit the Send My placement scores form to have scores sent to another college or employer. 

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Exemptions from Placement Assessment Placement

The following students are exempt from the English, reading and/or mathematics section(s) of the Placement Assessment:
  1. Students who score 18 or above on the English section and/or 20 or above on the mathematics section and/or the reading section of the ACT and enroll at Shelton State within three years of high school graduation; 
  2. Students who score 510 or above on the English section and/or 510 or above on the mathematics section and/or the reading section of the SAT I and enroll at Shelton State within three years of high school graduation; 
  3. Students who have an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution (community, junior or four-year college); 
  4. Students who transfer degree-creditable college-level English or mathematics courses with a grade of C or better; 
  5. Students who have successfully completed certain developmental coursework at another Alabama College System school within the last three years; 
  6. Students who provide documentation of assessment (ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET) within the last three years. 
To be eligible for these exemptions, assessment scores and/or college transcripts must be on file with the Director of Assessment and Assessment.   

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Placement/ACT/SAT Placement Scores

In lieu of assessment exam scores, course placement may also be assigned based on English, mathematics, and reading subtesting scores as reported by COMPASS, ACT and SAT assessment, provided that the student is enrolling within three years of high school graduation.

Placement by Placement Assessment scores

Students with valid placement assessment scores (less than 3 years old by first day of classes) will be placed by placement assessment sub scores as indicated below:

ACCUPLACER TEST

SCORE

COURSE PLACEMENT

READING

 

Reading Comprehension

20-69

RDG 085 Developmental Reading III

Reading Comprehension

70 and above

Exempt from Reading

ENGLISH

 

Writeplacer

0-2

ENG 092 Basic English I

Writeplacer

2-3

COM 100 Introductory Technical English I

Writeplacer

3-4

ENG 093 Basic English II

Writeplacer

5 -8

ENG 101 English Composition

MATH

Elementary Algebra (EA)

 

20-39 (EA)

MTH 090 Basic Mathematics

Elementary Algebra (EA)

 

 

40-49 (EA)

MTH 091 Developmental Algebra I

or MTH 116 Mathematical Applications

Elementary Algebra (EA)

 

 

50-59 (EA)

 

MTH 092 Developmental Algebra II

or MTH 116 Mathematical Applications

Elementary Algebra (EA)

 

College Level Math (CLM)

60-79 (EA)

or

20-49 (CLM)

MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra

Elementary Algebra (EA)

 

College Level Math (CLM)

80-120 (EA)

or

50-59 (CLM)

MTH 110 Finite Mathematics

 or MTH 112 Precalculus Algebra

 

College Level Math (CLM)

60-79 (CLM)

MTH 113 Precalculus Trigonometry

or MTH 120 Calculus and Its Applications

College Level Math (CLM)

80 and above (CLM)

MTH 125 Calculus I



Placement by ACT scores

Students with valid ACT scores (less than 3 years old from the intended start date) will be placed by ACT sub scores as indicated below:

ACT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

1-17

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

18-36

College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

1-19

COMPASS Math test required

20-21

College-level Math (MTH 100)

22-24

MTH 110 or 112

25-26

MTH 113 or 120

27-36

MTH 125

Reading

1-19

COMPASS Reading test required

20-36

No reading requirement



Placement by SAT Scores

Students with valid SAT scores (less than 3 years old from the intended start date) will be placed by SAT sub scores as indicated below:

SAT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

< 510

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

510

College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

< 510

COMPASS Math test required

510 - 590

College-level Math (MTH 100)

600 - 630

MTH 110 or 112

640 - 660

MTH 113 or 120

670

MTH 125

Reading

< 510

COMPASS Reading test required

510

No reading requirement




These scores are subject to change.

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Special Accommodation Information

If you have a disability and need to complete the placement assessment, contact Shelton State's Office of Disability Services.