Placement Testing FAQs

What is the Accuplacer test?
The placement test administered at Tri-County is the Accuplacer test. Developed by the College Board, the Accuplacer test is an untimed computer based placement test which measures skills in reading, writing, and math. Even though Accuplacer is a computer-based test, very little computer skills are necessary to complete the test. Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test. Accuplacer test scores are used to determine initial course placement levels in selected subjects.

Are sample questions available for the Accuplacer test? 
Accuplacer sample questions are available on the Accuplacer website at   

https://www.accuplacer.org/

In addition, the following websites may be beneficial:

www.grammarbook.com
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar
owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/index.html www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/partsp.html
www.math.com
www.algebra.com
http://www.testprepreview.com/compass_practice.htm

Who is required to take the Accuplacer test? 
All Students (except transient students) must take the placement test.   You may be exempted from taking the placement test if you have completed college courses in English and math at the 101 level or higher with a minimum "C" grade or if you have previously taken Accuplacer, COMPASS or ASSET at your high school.  Placement test results are valid for three years. If you are unsure if you need to take the placement test, contact Admissions at 864-646-1550 to determine if placement testing is required.

Can SAT, ACT or other standardized test scores be substituted for Accuplacer?
SAT, ACT or other standardized test scores cannot be substituted for the placement test.

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer test?
Provided you have completed an Application for Admission and paid the application fee, there is no charge for initial placement testing.

Is an appointment required to take the Accuplacer test?
No appointment is required. Accuplacer placement testing is offered on a walk-in basis. Walk-in hours for Accuplacer testing at the Assessment Center are listed below.   

Campus/Location

Testing Days/Time

Pendleton/Miller Hall, Room 103

Monday-Thursday/8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

Friday/8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Anderson/Room 221

Friday/8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Easley/Room 206

Tuesday/2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

*The Assessment Center will close at 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday when there are no classes scheduled.  Students must arrive no later than 3 p.m. on these days. 

 How much time should I allow for Accuplacer testing? 
Accuplacer is an untimed test; however, most students require 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete the test.

What should I bring with me for Accuplacer testing?
A picture ID is required for placement testing. Acceptable forms of identification include a state-issued ID (a driver's license for example), a military ID, or an official school ID (high school or college). Scratch paper will be provided by the Assessment Center. Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during testing. Children may not accompany students during placement testing.

Can I take my placement test at another location if I live more than 100 miles from TCTC?

If you live more than 100 miles from Tri-County and would like to take the Accuplacer test at a remote location, you have two options available. 

•A)    If you would like to test locally in a proctored environment, please send an email to placement@tctc.edu providing the information requested below indicating A in item #7 and the Assessment Center will respond with available testing sites closest to your location.  You will reply indicating your desired testing site.  Upon receiving your reply, TCTC will generate a voucher within the Accuplacer system.  A voucher number and appointment instructions will be provided via email from Accuplacer. This email will include your voucher number, valid voucher date range, fee information and scheduling instructions. For most testing locations, you will be required to contact the remote testing center to schedule an appointment. The remote testing center's contact information will be included in the email. The registration is only valid for 90 days and you will be required to test when the remote testing center has availability.

•B)    If you have a working webcam, and a computer with a stable Internet connection in a secure location, you may take your placement test virtually.  The fee is $25 per proctored session. If you would like to request a remote Accuplacer test using this option, please send an email to placement@tctc.edu and provide the information requested below indicating B in item #7.  TCTC will generate a voucher within the Accuplacer system. You will receive an email from Accuplacer containing the voucher number and an email from TCTC with a link for the site to arrange your virtual testing.

  1. Official full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Tri-County Student Identification Number (Bridge students: your T number is included in your TCTC acceptance letter.  All others refer to your missing requirements letter.) 
  4. Mailing address including city, state and zip code
  5. Phone number
  6. Email address
  7. Remote testing location option A or B (see above)
  8. If you have completed college course in English and math at the 100 level or higher with a minimum "C" grade, please list the course(s) which you have completed or respond with not applicable. Note: TCTC strongly recommends that students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses take the COMPASS assessment as AP scores are typically not received until late July.

 When will placement test results be available?
Placement test levels are available immediately following the completion of testing. After completing placement testing, you will receive further instructions from the admissions office concerning your next step. The interpretation of placement test levels in relation to course requirements will be covered during your meeting with your success coach.

What do my placement test levels mean?
If you are interested in knowing the English, math and science courses for which you qualify based on your placement test levels, click here:

Placement Levels (pdf)

Is retesting allowed?
If a retest is needed or requested, you may take one retest at a cost of $10 during a three-year period. Check with your academic advisor or the Assessment Center to determine if you qualify for retesting.

How can I prepare for an Accuplacer retest?
Below you will find three options for preparing for an Accuplacer retest. Please keep in mind you only qualify for one retest in a three year period, so make sure you are well prepared.

Option 1: Use customized on-line MyMathTest Program
1. Access codes, which are good for sixteen weeks, are available in the Campus Store or on-line at www.mymathtest.com .
2. Register in MyMathTest and take a diagnostic test.
3. Go to Study Plan to see which objectives you should focus on.
4. Click here to access to Getting Started Guide.

Option 2: Follow these links to practice problems
1. Go to www.tctc.edu
2. Select Admissions
3. Select Placement Testing
4. Select Are sample questions available for the Accuplacer test?

Option 3: Go to the Learning Express Library
http://library.tctc.edu/Careers

1. Select Learning Express, then Register.
2. Select College Students and follow instructions.

What accommodations are provided for students with disabilities?
If you have a documented hearing, learning, physical, psychological, and/or visual disability that will prevent you from taking the test under standard conditions, you may request reasonable accommodations. For more information, contact the Accessibility Resource Center (864) 646-1564.

How can I get my test scores sent to another institution?
You may request to have your placement test scores sent to another institution for a fee. Please print and complete Tri-County's Placement Score Release Form available online at:

Placement Score (PDF)

Placement test scores will be mailed or faxed to the institution you list on the release form the same day the completed form, a photo copy of a state-issued identification (such as a driver's license), and the applicable fee are received by the Assessment Center staff.

How can I contact the Assessment Center?
The Assessment Center is located in Miller Hall, Room 103. You may also contact the Assessment Center by email at placement@tctc.edu , phone at (864) 646-1300, or fax at (864)646-5071.

Contact Us

Admissions
864-646-1550
Toll-free (within the 864 area code) 1-866-269-5677, ext. 1550
info@tctc.edu
Fax: 864-646-5080

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday:
8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Friday:
8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.