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high school (2) did take the ACT/SAT but did not meet the score requirements or (3) did take the ACT/SAT but scores are no longer valid.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).
ACT SAT COMPASS KYOTE TABE A
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)
N/A

 

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

What Should I bring?

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?

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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.