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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Course Placement?

Course Placement is an assessment of your writing, reading, math, and computer skills, to help place you in appropriate courses.

Do I need Course Placement?

If you answer "no" to all of these, attend Course Placement.

  • Do you plan to take a JC course for personal interest?
  • Do you have ACT Scores that are less than 3 years old? Please click here to see how your scores relate to JC course placement.
  • Do you have SAT Scores that are less than 3 years old?
  • Have you taken a Course Placement assessment (COMPASS or Accuplacer) at another college within the last 3 years?
  • Have you successfully completed college coursework (a college transcript evaluation may exempt you)?

Do I have to bring anything?

Bring your Student ID Number and a state-issued photo ID. We will provide all other materials.

Can I use a Calculator?

You may use your own standard or scientific calculator or click “calculator” at the top of the screen to use the standard or scientific calculator. Plan on using a pencil and scrap paper for your math work. We will provide your pencils and paper.

When can I complete course placement?

Course Placement is offered through out the year at Central Campus in the Testing Lab in Atkinson Hall. Course Placement is also offered at JC @ LISD Tech and at the LeTarte Center, Hillsdale. Please allow two hours to complete Course Placement.

What are the parts of Course Placement?

Writing Skills Placement: A multiple-choice assessment that requires students to find and correct errors in essays in the areas of usage and mechanics, including basic grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, and rhetorical skills, including strategy, organization and style. Students must meet a minimum score to enroll in the first level of writing. If you do not meet the minimum scores, you will be directed to the Center for Student Success for further assistance.

Reading Placement: This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. Students must meet a minimum score to enroll in the first level of reading. Practice the assessment with the samples provided here. If you do not meet the minimum scores, you will be directed to the Center for Student Success for further assistance.

Math Placement: The three parts to the Math placement determines your readiness from basic mathematics all the way to college algebra. Students must meet a minimum score to enroll in the first level of math. Practice the assessment with the samples provided here. If you do not meet the minimum scores, you will be directed to the Center for Student Success for further assistance.

Technology Literacy: This multi-part assessment will determine your readiness for the demands of technology. The assessment measures your skill in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. If you would benefit from instruction in the basics of operating a computer and managing files, you will be advised to enroll in CIS 090: Basic Computing or CIS 095: Computer Literacy. You may also place out of CIS 101: Introduction to Information Technology, a minimum requirement in many programs, and be able to instead take a higher level computer course, CIS 201: Advanced Information Technologies, that involves Google productivity, web conferencing, file converters, social media and web 2.0.

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What if English is not my first (native) language?

If English is not your first (native) lanugage, then you should begin with the COMPASS-ESL test.

What is COMPASS-ESL test?

COMPASS-ESL is a computerized assesment of your skills in English reading, grammar and listening.

What happens when I finish the COMPASS-ESL test?

At the end of the test, you will get a copy of your score report. Your advisor will help you decide what courses to take. Remember the test helps determine your skills in English.

How long will Course Placement take me?

We don't limit the time you can spend on your Course Placement. For your planning purposes, however, you should allow approximately two hours. Take as much or as little time as you need, but remember the results will determine what classes you need to take first.

Do I have to take all placements at once?

No. You can take the parts on different days, but remember to complete all of them at least one week before your Orientation. You must use your Student ID number for each part so that we can match your records. **Please note ATB (Ability to Benefit) students are required to take all three sections of the placement at the same time.

Can I fail Course Placement?

No. This is an assessment tool that helps college advisors place you in appropriate courses so you can succeed.

Will I have to take classes I don't need for my degree?

If you aren't prepared for college-level classes, your degree will be very difficult to earn. We want you to be successful, which means you need to complete the courses determined by your placement. Most forms of financial aid require you to pass your classes to continue receiving aid. Preparing yourself academically is in your best interest and is required by JC faculty.

How do I find my ACT and SAT scores?

If you don’t have a copy of your scores, they may be recorded on your high school transcript.

What courses am I eligible to take based on my scores?

MathematicsReadingWriting (ACT English)
ACT Scores 11-14MAT 010 12-13ENG 080 13-17ENG 090
15-19MAT 020 14-17ENG 085 18+ENG 131
20-21MAT 031,033,035 18+N/A
22-26MAT 131
22-26MAT 133
27-29MAT 141
25+MAT 135
30+MAT 151
33+MAT 154
25+MAT 210

Please note: If you are not satisfied with the course your ACT score placed you, know you are welcome to take our course placement assessment offered in the WA testing lab.

How do I submit placement scores from another college for review?

Provide a copy of the assessment to the JC Admissions Office.

What documentation is needed to show previous college coursework?

Unofficial copies are sufficient for advising and exception purposes. Only official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit.

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