Assessment Centers

Placement Testing

What is it?

  • The placement test is a three-part computerized test that determines a student’s reading, writing and mathematics skills.
  • It is used by academic advisors to place students into appropriate classes.
  • The Reading and Language sections are timed.
  • The Math section is not timed.
  • If you need to take all three parts of the test it will take approximately 3 hours.

Who needs it?

  • New (first time to college) students who
    • (1) have not taken ACT/SAT, COMPASS or KYOTE tests in high school
    • (2) did take the ACT/SAT but did not meet the score requirements or
    • (3) did take the ACT/SAT but scores are no longer valid.
  • Transfer (coming from another college) students –who have not completed at least 12 college-level credit hours from a regionally accredited institution, including English and math.
  • Current (in class this semester) or Returning (previously attended Jefferson) students, who have not completed English or math and do not have valid scores.
  • See score requirements in table below

Who does not need it?

  • Students who have valid test scores do not need to take the placement test but will be placed in college level classes (see score requirements in table below).
18+ in English 430+ in Writing 74+ in English 6+ in English 9.0+ in Language
20+ in Reading 470+ in Reading 85+ in Reading 20+ in Reading 10.9+ in Reading
22+ in Math
(for MAT 150)

19-21 in Math
(for MAT 100/150)
510+ in Math
(for MAT 150)

460-509 in Math
(for MAT 100/150)
50+ in Math
(for MAT 150)

36-49 in Math
(for MAT 100/150)
CA Score of 14+ in Math (for MAT 150)

CA 7-13 or MP 22+ in Math (for MAT 100/150)


Cutoff Scores for COMPASS, ACT, KYOTE and TABE A cut scores

What Should I bring?

  • First time students need to bring photo identification and any ACT/SAT, COMPASS or KYOTE scores obtained in high school.
  • Calculators are permitted. 
  • Transfer students need to bring an unofficial copy of their transcripts from their previous college.
  • Transfer students who do not have copies of their transcripts will NOT be tested.

Where to take the test?

Longevity of Test Scores:

  • Reading and Writing scores are valid for five years.
  • Scores for math are valid for two years.
  • Students with scores older than this and have not completed English and math must take the placement test

How to prepare to take the test?


  • Cell phones are not allowed to be turned on in the testing area for any reason.
  • Children are not allowed in the testing area.
    • Please arrange for child care on the day of your test.
  • If you need to take all three parts of the test it will take approximately 3 hours.