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Placement Testing at RCC

Students enrolling at RCC enter with a variety of skills and educational backgrounds. In order to ensure appropriate placement in courses, applicants may be required to take placement tests. The need for testing is typically determined during the admission process by a counselor or admissions staff.

Placement test scores are used to determine course placement for students, as scores indicate if a student is college-ready (i.e. able to enroll in college courses immediately) or if developmental courses must be taken initially.

Developmental courses are pre-college courses in the areas of math, reading, writing, and computer technology, with course placement levels in math of 010 - 080 (DMA prefix), reading levels 080 – 090 (RED prefix), writing levels 075 – 090 (ENG prefix), and computer technology level 070 (CIS prefix). Successful completion of these courses should prepare students for their college level courses.

Developmental courses are not factored into a student’s GPA, nor do they fulfill graduation requirements. Because many of RCC’s college level courses have developmental courses as pre-requisites, it is very important that students take these courses seriously and make good grades in them.

Students can show they are college-ready by meeting RCC’s cut scores on one of these assessments:

Writing 500 21 70 41
Reading 500 21 81 41
Math 500 21 Varies depending on program of study and required courses

Placement testing is offered weekly during the times listed below. Appointments are not required, but students must arrive for testing between the specified times on the day they wish to test. Students must also bring a photo ID and their Test Authorization Form, which is issued by a counselor or admission staff member.

For all testing periods, students must arrive prior to the ending time on the day they wish to test.

Tuesdays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*Wednesdays* 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

*The Placement Testing Center closes at 8:00 pm on Wednesdays. Tests not completed by 8:00 pm will be saved and students can come back to finish at another time.

Placement Testing Center Contact Information:
Whitcomb Student Center – Lower Level
  342-4261 ext. 2205

COMPASS Study Guides

• Sample Writing Test

• Sample Reading Test

• Sample Math (pre-algebra, algebra)

• Sample Math (college algebra, trigonometry)

Other Math Study Guides: Explanations and interactive practice on a number of basic topics. - Review Pre-algebra, Elementary algebra & Intermediate algebra Review material from basic mathematics through Calculus

To request your RCC placement test scores, please complete the Score Request Form located at the following link: