Placement Assessment Information

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 Students who enroll in a course without appropriate assessment scores may be withdrawn from the course by the College and may not qualify for a refund of tuition.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

Scheduling Placement Assessment Session        

Placement Assessment Registration Instructions
  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. Register for a placement assessment session.   If you need accommodations for a disability while taking the placement assessment, please contact ods@sheltonstate.edu
  3. 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. 
  4. There will be an assessment deadline prior to the beginning of each semester.  Deadlines will be published in registration information.  
  5. Students wishing to retest must follow retesting procedures listed below.
  6. Placement assessment session information: 

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

Note: Google Chrome is the recommended browser to use with the online appointment system. 

Directions on how to schedule, cancel, and reschedule a placement assessment session

      

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. Schedule a placement exam online at www.sheltonstate.edu.
  2. Complete preparation review for the subject.
  3. 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.          

 

 

 

 

  

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

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

0-2 Score

ENG 092 Basic English I

2-3 Score

COM 100 Introductory Technical English

 3-4 Score         ENG 093 Basic English II 

5 and above Score

ENG 101 English Composition

Math

1-17 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 080

18-35 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 090

36-45 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 091 / MTH 116

46-99 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 092

28-62 Algebra Score

MTH 100

63-99 Algebra Score

MTH 110 / MTH 112

46-99  College Algebra Score

MTH 113 / MTH 120

46-99  Trigonometry Score

MTH 125

Reading

1-64 Score

RDG 085

65-99 Score

No reading required

 



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.