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Guidelines for Placement Test Screening

High School Graduates (students under 21) with Valid ACT Scores:
(Must have been taken within 3 years of the first class day of the term for which the student is enrolling.)

Composite Places Into
   
26+ College Level Courses
   
ENGLISH 0-12
ENGLISH 13-17
Ineligible for Columbia State Writing Classes
ENGL 0800 Learning Support Writing I
   
18+ College Level English
   
READING 0-12
READING 13-18
Ineligible for Columbia State Reading Classes
READ 0800 Learning Support Reading I
   
19+  No Learning Support Reading required
   
MATH 0-12
MATH 13-18
Ineligible for Columbia State Math Classes
MATH 0800 Learning Support Mathematics I
   
19+ College Level Mathematics

Compass Placement Testing
Compass Placement Testing is a battery of standardized tests used by many TBR Institutions as a measure of proficiency in the Basic Academic Competencies needed by an entering college student. The battery includes tests in writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics.
 
COMPASS Placement
COURSE SCORE
READ 0800
61-82
College Level
83-99
MATH 0800
17-37
College Level
38-99
ENGL 0800
36-76
College Level
77-99

SAT Placement
COURSE SCORE
READ 0800
Verbal
360-450
College Level
Verbal
460-800
MATH 0800
280-450
College Level
460-800
ENGL 0800
Verbal
340-440
College Level
450-800

Students without Valid ACT/SAT Scores
  • Students under 21 whose scores are more than three years old must take the placement test.
  • Students over 21 who do not have valid ACT/SAT Scores must take Reading, Writing, and Math tests.  (Although these students are not required to submit ACT scores, those who elect to present valid scores will be screened for placement assessment according to the criteria applied to students under 21.)
GED Recipients
GED Recipients under 21 must submit ACT/SAT scores. All GED Recipients over 21 and/or without valid ACT scores must take the Reading , Writing, and Math tests.

Transfer Students
Students with...
...are exempt from
Any approved general education college level
semester hours earned and posted
Reading Assessment
English composition credit earned and posted
Writing & Reading Assessment
Literature credit earned and posted
Writing & Reading Assessment
College level Writing credit earned and posted
Writing & Reading Assessment
English Proficiency Met
Writing Assessment
College Algebra credit earned and posted
Math & Reading Assessment
College level Algebra-based math credit earned
and posted
Math & Reading Assessment
Math Proficiency Met
Math Assessment

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