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Placement Testing
Accuplacer Placement testing is provided in an effort to help you achieve success in your chosen program of study. Through placement testing, the Assessment Center provides information that will be helpful for you as well as your advisor in determining initial course placement. The purpose of placement testing is to make sure you have the necessary skills in reading, writing, or math to be successful in achieving your educational goals.

Placement Testing FAQs

Virtual Placement Testing Option:

Do you have access to a device that meets the following system requirements:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet the requirement)
  • A working built-in or external webcam and microphone
  • Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hotspots are not recommended.
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

If you have a device that meets the system requirements above, please send an e-mail to placement@tctc.edu providing the 7 items requested below.

If you cannot meet the requirements above, please send an email to placement@tctc.edu stating which system requirement(s) you cannot meet and you will be provided alternate instructions.

  1. Official full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Tri-County Student Identification Number (T#) (Please refer to your missing requirements letter. Bridge to Clemson students, please refer to your interest letter from the Tri-County Bridge Programs Office.)
  4. Mailing address including city, state and zip code
  5. Phone number
  6. Email address
  7. Please list college level English or Math courses at the 101 level or higher you have completed with a minimum grade of “C”.  Please list any National AP/IB exam scores of 3 or higher and the associated class. Do not list classes for which you are currently enrolled or any high school classes.

 

On Campus Testing Option:

Beginning Friday June 12th, limited On Campus test sessions will be available for placement testing only. Please send an email to placement@tctc.edu. requesting a face to face test session and include the following 8 items:

  1. Official full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Tri-County Student Identification Number (T#) (Please refer to your missing requirements letter. Bridge to Clemson students, please refer to your interest letter from the Tri-County Bridge Programs Office.)
  4. Mailing address including city, state and zip code
  5. Phone number
  6. Email address
  7. Please list college level English or Math courses at the 101 level or higher you have completed with a minimum grade of “C”.  Please list any National AP/IB exam scores of 3 or higher and the associated class. Do not list classes for which you are currently enrolled or any high school classes.
  8. Please indicate the desired day of the week you wish to test and if you would like a morning or afternoon session.  Morning sessions are available Monday-Friday.  Afternoon sessions are available Monday and Wednesday only. Please list three potential test session choices in the order desired.  

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.

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 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.

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

Provided you have completed an Application for Admission and paid the application fee, there is no charge for initial placement testing.

See Question below

“How do I take an Accuplacer Placement test during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?"

Accuplacer is an untimed test; however, most students require 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete the test.

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.

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.

If you are interested in knowing the English, math and science courses for which you qualify based on your placement test levels, click here.

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.

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. Navigate to the links listed in the "Are sample questions available for the Accuplacer test" section.

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.

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

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 Scores (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.

The Assessment Center is located in Ruby Hicks Hall Room 170. You may also contact the Assessment Center by email at placement@tctc.edu, phone at (864) 646-1300, or fax at (864)646-5071. During the current Pandemic, all Assessment Staff are working hard proctoring students virtually and are unavailable to take calls while testing.  For fastest response, please email your questions to placement@tctc.edu.

Foreign Language Placement Testing
Students who took at least two years of Spanish or French in high school may be eligible to place out of Spanish or French 101, 102, or 201, 202.