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On this page, we will explain the definition, the use, and the process for the College Placement Test. We hope that every student will get a clear understanding why college placement test is important to a student’s educational endeavor. Please read the following questions and answers below.

What is a College Placement Test?

After you have been accepted by a college, you may need to take a college placement test. A college placement test is usually given to a student entering an educational institution to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in various subjects for the purpose of assignment to appropriate courses or classes. Morris College uses Accuplacer testing software. Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test and uses a multiple-choice format. There's no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

Who uses College Placement Test?

All two-year colleges, many public and some private four-year colleges require new students to take a college placement test when they first get to campus. At Morris, there are three components that make up the college placement test: Reading, Math, and English.

Students coming from high school may not come to college fully prepared with the necessary skills to be proficient in college-level work. The college placement test helps colleges to develop developmental curricula tailored to the specific learning deficits of incoming students and ensure that students who have knowledge gaps get the basic skills they need to succeed in college. These placement tests can also help colleges to track student progress. A student who begins in a developmental math course and ends with a math degree has made rapid progress, and this sort of data can be helpful in promoting the college.

Do I need to make an appointment to take the college placement test?

Yes! To schedule an appointment to take the college placement test, please click the college placement test calendar on the sidebar if you are using a desktop or laptop computer and at the top bar if you are using a tablet or smartphone. Once the calendar appears, please change the category arrow key to “college placement test calendar”. On the college placement test calendar please choose one of the designated dates to register to take the college placement test.

Is there a fee to take the college placement test?

No! The college placement test is provided at no cost to a student. A student who is not satisfied with his or her test results may re-test within a 12 months period at no cost.

The College Placement Test Location

The testing center is located in the Brawley-Starks Academic Success Center Computer Lab Room 103.

What do I need to bring to the Testing Center on test day?

A student must present a photo ID to enter the Testing Center.

         Testing Center Rules 

  • Personal calculators, dictionaries, scrap paper, food, drinks, or gum are not allowed in the testing center.
  • All materials will be provided for the student.
  • No internet, emails, or other sites may be accessed while testing.
  • Hats, hoods, and sunglasses must be removed before testing begins.
  • All communication devices must be turned off and secured when a student enters the testing center. If a communication device is turned on or activated and a student responds to it, the test will be invalidated.

How long will the college placement test take?

The length of the college placement test is 90 minutes. However, the length of time necessary to take the college placement test depends upon a student's specific testing ability. The college placement test is not timed and a student can take all the time they need to complete the test.  The college placement test consists of three components:

  • Reading Placement Test with 20 questions
  • Writing Placement Test with 25 questions
  • Math-Quantitative Reasoning and Algebra Test with 20 questions

You should plan for one to two hours to take the college placement test.

Can I take the college placement test more than once?

Students can take the college placement test one more time within a 12 months period.

When will I receive the results of the college placement test?

Score results are generated immediately and a copy is given to the student taking the test before he or she leaves the testing center.

How long will my college placement scores be valid?

If a student does not enroll at Morris College after taking the college placement test; the test is valid for 12 months from the issue date. 

What do the results of the college placement test mean?

The results from a student college placement test will show a student skill proficient in Math, Reading, and English as well as show that a student may need more preparation before taking on college-level course work. If a student is proficient in these areas; he or she can register for the first level English and Math courses for their major program. If the student needs more preparation, the college will enroll that student into the development studies program.

What is the Developmental Studies Program?

The developmental studies program allows students to improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Math so students can be more prepared to take on college work. The developmental studies program does not count towards the student overall GPA but is used as an aid in helping students to become more proficient in these subject areas.

How can I prepare for the college placement test?

The college placement test measures the skills students should have learned in high school. To get ready for this test, you can do the following:

  • First, check with an enrollment officer at the college to find out if you have to take a placement test.
  • Ask the enrollment officer what you can do to get ready, or you can click on the below link to find other information that can prepare you for the college placement test. For next-generation Accuplacer college placement test go to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org  scroll down to next generation reading/writing/math section.
  • Transfer students may be exempt from the college placement test based on previously earned college credits.

What happens after I take the college placement test?

Once the college placement test results are available, a student would be assigned automatically to the course level that fits his or her plan of study.

If I took the college placement test more than three years ago will it be accepted?

No!  The previous version of a college placement test may not be applicable to the newer version.

If I have a disability, can I make special arrangements?

Yes! If alternative accommodations are necessary, they can be made with a request for approval, for assistance, and scheduling will be arranged through the college Counseling Services at 803-934-3257or 3422.