English and math assessments are mandatory at Tri-C and determine the courses for which a student may register. Students may use qualifying ACT or SAT scores instead of taking the math and English placement tests. All assessment exam scores, including ACT and SAT scores, are valid for course placement for two years from the test date.
Students requiring testing accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services.
Preparing For Your Placement Test
1. Complete the Tri-C admission process and have a valid Tri-C student number (S#)
2. Prepare for the placement tests by completing one or both of the following:
- Attend an in-person test preparation session at Eastern Campus, Metropolitan Campus, Western Campus, or Brunswick University Center
- Independently complete the placement test preparation guides. Submit your answers to the sample questions (10-12 questions at the end) when you arrive for your placement test.
3. Visit or contact a Tri-C Testing Center for your placement test.
- All testing is administered on a walk-in basis (no appointments) at Eastern Campus, Metro Campus, Western Campus, and the Brunswick University Center. Appointments are required only at Westshore Campus due to limited seating.
- Please contact your preferred campus Testing Center for placement testing hours.
- Online Students and/or students who are geographically separated or otherwise unable to take the placement tests on a Tri-C campus must contact a Tri-C campus Testing Center to arrange placement testing at an approved remote testing location.
4. What do I need to bring?
- Bring only a valid photo ID and proof that you have completed the placement test preparation. Pencils and scrap paper are provided.
- Personal calculators are not permitted to be used on the math placement test. An on-screen calculator is available for select questions.
- Placement tests are not timed, but each test typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete5.
5. Discuss your results in a New Student Orientation and/or counseling appointment.
- When you finish placement testing, Testing Center staff will tell you your next steps.
- All students who test into developmental math courses must register for and complete all coursework sequentially until they have reached college-level math. For more information, please visit the Fast Forward: Do the Math website.
Placement Tests Administered
- Biology Placement Test
- Placement into BIO 2331 or BIO 233A.
- Additional information is available at - Biology Placement Test.
- Chemistry Placement Test
- Placement into CHEM 1010, CHEM 1020, or CHEM 1300.
- Additional information is available at - Chemistry Assessment Test.
- ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test
- ACCUPLACER WritePlacer English Placement Test
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test
- ESL students must complete the second level or test into the third level before taking the math placement test.