Placement Testing

Course Placement:

East Central College (ECC) utilizes multiple measures to assess students and advise them into the appropriate classes. The measures listed below are required for automatic placement into college level Reading, Writing and Mathematics courses.

  • 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.

If your scores fall below these measures, we will ask you to complete the Accuplacer Placement Test.  This is not a timed test, or a pass/fail test. The score(s) you achieve on the test will allow us to register  you for the appropriate college courses. The test will cover reading, writing, and mathematics.

When can I test?

The test will not be offered on days that the college is closed (including national holidays and closure 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.

  • Rolla: Visit the website for testing times, or to make an appointment call Rachael Karr at 573.466.4078
  • Union: Visit the website for testing times, or call 636-584-6588 to make an appointment.

How much does the test cost?

  • The Initial test is free to all incoming ECC students
  • To re-take the test, the fees are: $10.00 per section, and you must wait 24 hours after the initial test.
  • Students attending another institution
    • Students seeking to take the Accuplacer Test for another institution, should contact the ECC Testing Center (Union, MO) at 636-584-6550 for further instructions. There is also a $20.00 proctoring fee required.

What do I need to bring to the test?

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

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 to help maximize their scores. As an extra incentive, students who attend a review session will have their $10.00 re-take fee waived. These sessions are offered as a group or as individual sessions. Please call 636.584.6688 for more information. Additional study courses and materials are available online through the Learning Center webpage.  Once a course sequence has begun, students are no longer eligible to re-test using Accuplacer. Please see Test-Out Policy below for further options.

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 and/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 to qualify the student. 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 to test 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.