Procedure 4.16.2 - Placement Assessment Procedure


New applicants entering Southeastern Community College are required to take the Placement Assessment. The assessment tool is used to determine the student’s academic skills in reading comprehension, sentence skills, mathematics, and keyboarding. Students re-enrolling at the college after three years may retake the assessment upon the recommendation of the admissions/counseling staff.

The Placement Assessment may be retaken after 126 days (18 weeks) or after completing 35 clock hours in the Basic Skills Lab. The Assessment may also be retaken under special circumstances with the recommendation of the Dean of Students. The Assessment may not be retaken if the student is currently enrolled in or have begun the developmental sequence of courses.

A student may not be required to test if they have an official college transcript which shows completion of a college-level English course equal to ENG 111 or a mathematics course with a “C” grade or better to be exempt from the English, reading, or math Placement Assessment. SAT scores as noted below also apply to transfer students:

SAT Exemption:

  • A score of 480 or above on the SAT Verbal will exempt the student from taking the English and reading Placement Assessment and will allow the student to enter ENG 111.
  • A score of 480 or above on the SAT Writing will exempt the student from taking the English Placement Assessment.
  • A score of 480 or above on the SAT Critical Reading will exempt the student from taking the reading Placement Assessment.
  • A score of 480 or above on both the SAT Writing and the SAT Critical Reading will exempt the student from taking the English and Reading Placement Assessment and will allow the student to enter ENG 111. (SAT documentation must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or on the official high school transcript).
  • A score of 450 or above on the math SAT plus completion of high school algebra II and geometry will exempt the student from the math Placement Assessment and allow the student to enter MAT 171 or a lower level math course.

Advanced Placement Exemption:

Documentation verifying a score of 3 or higher on the high school English Advanced Placement Exam will exempt a student from the reading and writing Placement Assessment and award the student ENG 111 credit (CR) on his/her Southeastern Community College transcript. (Documentation brought to campus by students must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.)

Documentation verifying a score of 3 or higher on the high school Algebra Advanced Placement Exam will exempt a student from the math Placement Assessment and award the student MAT 271 credit (CR) on his/her Southeastern Community College transcript. (Documentation brought to campus by students must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.)

Other College Placement Sores:

The college will accept placement scores from the North Carolina community colleges and high schools administering state-approved assessments, using SCC’s cut-off scores and under the same conditions for assessment re-take.

Adopted: July 13, 2020

Revised:

Reviewed: October 25,  2020