Placement Testing

Course Placement:

East Central College utilizes multiple measures to assess students and advise them into the appropriate classes. The measures listed below are used for automatic placement into college level Reading, Writing and Mathematics courses. Please note, if any of the following measures are not applicable for placement, students must take the Accuplacer test for course placement.

  • If you have taken a standardized test (ACT/SAT/Accuplacer) within the past four years, and meet the criterion for college level course placement.
  • If you have completed previous college credit serving as a terminal course or prerequisite course.
  • If you are a current high school student, or have graduated within the past four years, and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0.
  • If you are a current high school student, or have graduated within the past four years, and have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5-2.99, you have the option of either a test-out Departmental Exam or Accuplacer placement test.

*An ECC representative may recommend Accuplacer testing if your scores or coursework are over two years old.

 

When can I test?

The test can take anywhere from 1-4 hours to complete but is not timed, so please plan accordingly. The test will not be offered on days that the College is closed for a holiday or due to inclement weather. Please visit the ECC website for information on campus closures.

 

Where can I test?

The test is offered at our Rolla and Union campuses. For dates and times of testing, please review the website above.

  • Rolla: Visit the website for testing times, or to make an appointment call Rachael Karr at 573.466.4078
  • Union: Walk-in testing on Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, and on Friday’s from 8:00am-12:00pm

 

How much does the test cost?

  • The Initial test is free to all incoming ECC students
  • Retake fees are: $10.00 per section, and can be completed no sooner than 24 hours after the initial test
  • Students attending another institution
    • If you are a student who does not plan to attend ECC, but would like to complete placement testing on one of our campuses for another institution, there is a $20.00 proctoring fee to do so.

What do I need to bring to the test?

Please arrive early and bring a current, government-issued, photo ID.

 

Retest Policy

If a student has already taken the Accuplacer within the last four years (4) there is a retest fee*. Retake fees are: $10.00 per section, and should be completed no sooner than 24 hours after the initial test.

*Test Prep sessions waivers, see Prep Help below.

Once a course sequence has begun, students are no longer eligible to retest using Accuplacer. Please see Test-Out Policy below for further options.

 

Prep Help

The Learning Center offers Test Prep sessions that utilize sample test questions from Accuplacer and provide helpful tips to help you better prepare. Students are encouraged to attend a test preparation session offered in the Learning Center, between tests to maximize their scores. As an extra incentive, students who attend a review session will have their $10.00 retake fee waived.

Summer Bridge courses are free, non-credit, week-long courses offered to students whose placement test scores indicate they need additional preparation before taking college-level classes. The Summer Bridge courses combine diagnostic assessment, directed curriculum and retesting, in hopes to improve placement. Ideally, students who complete these courses will move more quickly into college-level classes and use less financial aid or out of pocket money in the process.

 

Test-Out Policy

Departmental Examination: Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency within a subject area may petition the academic discipline or program faculty for credit by examination or review. If this petition is approved, discipline or program faculty would prepare an appropriate measure (test or other instrument) of proficiency and establish with the student guidelines for passing. Upon completion of examination, the student and faculty member will complete and sign a Recommendation for Credit by Departmental Examination and forward to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval.

Posting Fee: Students will be assessed a fee to post Departmental Examinations. The fee is equivalent to one credit hour of in-district tuition at ECC. The student will receive correspondence from the Registrar’s office once appropriate documentation (official transcript, score report, faculty recommendation) has been reviewed. Credits will be posted to the transcript upon notification of payment from the Business Office.

*Students only have one attempt testing out of a course using a departmental exam for credit by examination. For additional attempts, please see other credit by examination options that can be found on the Registration page.

 

Need some review?

The Learning Center offers Accuplacer Test Prep sessions that utilize sample test questions and will provide you with helpful tips to help you prepare. Students are encouraged to attend a test preparation session offered in the Learning Center, between tests to maximize their scores. As an extra incentive, students who attend a review session will have their $10.00 retake fee waived. These sessions are offered on a group or individual sessions, call 636.584.6688 to learn more. Additional study courses and materials are available online through the Learning Center webpage.

 

FAQs

What if I fail the tests?

Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test. Your scores will indicate where your academic strengths and needs lie in relation to college-level coursework for your chosen major.

 

What if I disagree with my placement before the semester begins?

Students are able to retake their Accuplacer test for a $10.00 fee. We encourage students to attend an Accuplacer Test prep session, Summer Bridge, or use the resources available from The Learning Center. If students attend a Test Prep session and/or Summer Bridge, they are entitled to a free retake.

 

What if I disagree with my placement after the semester starts?

A student who feels they may have misplaced after starting the course may request to test out of the course. Please see your advisor for the appropriate person to contact regarding departmental credit by examination.

 

What is the difference between a Test Prep session and Summer Bridge?

Test Prep sessions are meant to provide students with general tips for studying in preparation of taking or retaking the Accuplacer. Summer Bridge has been designed to assess student academic skills and works to help fill in gaps or reinforce previously learned material. Both programs have been created to support students in attempting to place into college ready courses.

 

I graduated in the last four years but am not confident in my math ability; what can I do?

A student may request to take the Accuplacer placement test to verify placement (even if placed by another measure). Please talk to your advisor for more information.

 

What options are available for Accuplacer preparation?

There are quite a few options available for students regarding Accuplacer preparation. Students are able to meet with a Learning Center Specialist before testing to gain a better understanding of how Accuplacer works and to gain study tips and tricks. There is also study materials online for Accuplacer at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice. Additionally, Accuplacer also has a study app that students can download to their mobile devices for on-the-go practice. Another resource for students is Khan Academy, where students are able to review video lessons of particular subject matter. Students can check out this resource at khanacademy.org.

 

What options are available if I do NOT like my Accuplacer results and want to try again?

If you do not like your Accuplacer results, you may retest prior to the start of the course (please see the section titled: Retest Policy). If the course has begun already, you may request to test out of the course (please see the section titled: Test Out Policy).

 

What is the difference between Accuplacer and Departmental Exam?

The Departmental exams are created to assess whether students are college level ready. As such, the Departmental test itself may not place a student into a course. Whereas Accuplacer is designed as a placement test. It assesses academic skills and provides recommended course placement based on test results. From there, the Advising Department will help students choose courses based on a variety of factors, such as the student’s degree plan, course offerings, etc.