Admissions

Placement Testing

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To sign up to take the Placement Test or to get more information, contact:
Jackson Campus:  Jay Sain, Testing Coordinator, 828.339.4332 or 828.339.4352
Macon CampusFairley Pollock, Student Services Coordinator, 828.306.7017
 

Applicants to all degree, diploma and selected certificate programs of study are required to demonstrate competence in the following five areas: 

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Skills/Grammar
  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra

Applicants can satisfy or meet each of the five competencies for initial college level placement as follows:

  Accuplacer Placement Test SAT ACT College Credit
Competence Areas Minimum Score Required Minimum Score Required Minimum Score Required 100-level course > “C” grade
Basic Computer Skills CPT Score > 15 CPT Score > 15 CPT Score > 15 Computer course
Reading Comprehension CPT Score > 80 Critical Reading > 500 Comp > 21 English course
Sentence Skills/Grammar CPT Score > 86 Critical Reading > 500 Comp > 18 English course
Arithmetic CPT Score > 55 Math > 500 Comp > 22 Math course
Elementary Algebra

CPT Score > 55

(see 1 below)

Math > 500 Comp > 22 Algebra course

Exempt from the Basic Computer Skills Test:

  • Students with “College Prep” or “Tech Prep” high school diplomas awarded within six years from the date of intended enrollment are considered to have met this requirement.
  • Students with college transfer credit of > 100-level course with a grade of > C are considered to have met this requirement.

Not Exempt from Test:

  • High School graduates with diplomas awarded more than six years prior to the date of intended enrollment.
  • GED students and high school graduates with “General Prep” or “Occupational Prep” diplomas.

1. ACCUPLACER Placement Test

a) Taking the Test

  • Free to all SCC applicants.
  • Average test completion time is 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Schedule to take the test by contacting the Testing office.
  • A valid photo I.D. is required at the time of testing.
  • Test Regulations - Calculators, notebooks, earphones, dictionaries and textbooks are not allowed in the testing room. The testing center will provide scratch paper and a pencil for test takers. All cell phones need to be turned off during testing. Talking to other students is not permitted.
  • Distance learning students, (those who do not live in the Jackson, Macon and Swain County area) can arrange to have tests proctored at a local community college or university. In addition www.ncta-testing.org provides a list of schools that proctor exams, there is usually a fee associated with this. Contact the SCC Testing Office 828.339.4332 once a proctor is located or if there are problems securing a test site. Accuplacer, Asset and Compass Exams are accepted.

Click on the link to download the SCC Testing Study Guide and Sample Test.

Other Study Guides:

b) Test Results

  • Score Report: Upon completion of the test, the student will receive a printed score report. The test administrator and your advisor will help you interpret the scores.
  • Time Limit on Use of Scores: Test scores are considered valid for initial placement for a period of three years from the date the assessment was completed.
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c) Score Interpretation:

1) Reading & Sentence Skills -

  • A Reading score of > 80 and Sentence Skills score of > 86, is required for a student take ENG 111.
  • A Reading score of > 80 is required to take most College Transfer courses.
  • Reading scores of < 80 requires a student to take RED 090.
  • Sentence Skills scores of < 86 requires a student to take ENG 090 and ENG 090A.

2) Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra -

  • An Arithmetic score of > 55 and Elementary Algebra scores between 55-74, a student may take MAT 080, 110, 115, 121, or 140.
  • An Arithmetic score of > 55 and Elementary Algebra scores of > 75, a student may take MAT 141, 151, 165, or 171.
  • An Arithmetic score of > 55 and Elementary Algebra scores of > 85, a student may take MAT 162 or 172.
  • Math courses above 171 require either higher scores or successful completion of the required prerequisite course or courses. The college may require additional math testing prior to being permitted to take upper level math courses.
  • An Arithmetic score of < 55 requires a student to take MAT 060.
  • An Elementary Algebra score of < 55 requires a student to take MAT 070.

3) Basic Computer Skills -

  • A Basic Computer Skills score of > 15 is required to meet this competency.
  • A Basic Computer Skills score of < 15 requires a student to take CIS 070.
  • Contact the Testing Office for details.

2. SAT

  • Scores: SAT scores of at least 500 Verbal (Critical Reading) and 500 Math are required for tests taken after April 1, 1995.
  • For test scores that fall below the established minimums, the College requires Developmental Education courses to improve basic skills.
  • The college may require additional math testing prior to being permitted to take upper level math courses. A SAT Math score of > 600 is required to be considered eligible to register for MAT courses at or above 175.

3. ACT

  • Scores: ACT scores of at least 21 Reading, 18 English, and 22 Math are required for tests taken after April 1, 1995.
  • For test scores that fall below the established minimums, the college requires Developmental Education courses to improve basic skills.

4. College Transfer Credit

  • Submit official transcripts demonstrating successful completion of college-level algebra, English and computer courses at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Courses must be at the 100 level or higher, must have a grade of “C” or higher, and must have been completed within the past 10 years. There is no time limit for courses taken by a student at an institution where a degree was received.
  • Courses classified as developmental or remedial will not transfer to SCC but may be used to meet the Placement Test requirements.
  • Official transcripts must be received from the issuing institutions before transfer credit is awarded.

Placement Retest Guidelines:

  • A student may retest no more than one (1) time in a one (1) academic year period.
  • If a student passes four (4) or more of the math diagnostic test sections, a student may retest.
  • Prior to all retests, the student must attend an Accuplacer study prep session.

Confidentiality:

Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the test will only be available to the College Board, to Southwestern Community College and to North Carolina Community College System to meet their requirements. The information may be used to document whether or not you met testing requirements. The above agencies may also use it for research and statistical purposes. The test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose without your personal consent and signature. Any questions concerning confidentiality, please see your Test Administrator.

Special Accommodations:

If you have a disability (permanent or temporary) that will affect testing conditions, you should request such accommodations before taking the test. Request for accommodations along with appropriate documentation of disability must be presented to the Director of Student Support Services.

Release of Placement Test Scores:
Placement Test Scores may not be released to any individual other than the student unless otherwise authorized in writing by the student. Request for transfer of test scores may be mailed or faxed to the college. 
Students are required to show a photo ID before placement scores can be released directly to the student. No fee is charged for scores.

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Examination

  1. Applicants seeking admission into the following Selective Admission Health Science programs must take the TEAS Examination: Medical Assisting, Medical Sonography, Nursing Associate Degree, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy and RIBN Nursing Program. 
  2. The TEAS measures a student’s ability in Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage.  The adjusted individual total score will be used as one component in the highly competitive health science selection process.  This score will range from 0% to 100%.  Health Science programs use this score differently based on specific program selection criteria.  (See Health Science adviser for details.)
  3. Scores will be considered valid for a term of three years from the date of the exam.
  4. Applicants may test once per academic year (Defined as August 1 through July 31)
  5. A $40 fee is charged for test administration and scoring.
  6. Please visit www.atitesting.com for exam registration information.