Placement Testing



The purpose of placement testing is to enhance student success in college.  Placement test scores are used to place students in the most appropriate level for success.  All students who plan to enroll for the first time in a General Education, English, Math, Online, or Hybrid course at Labette Community College must take the appropriate ACCUPLACER test or provide appropriate COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores.  Although COMPASS placement tests will no longer be given at LCC after May 2016, COMPASS placement test scores will be accepted until fall 2021.

General Education Course Placement:  All students must have an appropriate ACT, SAT or COMPASS score, or take the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test prior to enrolling in a general education course, except math courses, unless the student has completed at least 12 credit hours of general education courses from another institution with a grade of C or better. If the score on the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test is 69 or higher, the student may enroll in any general education course.  If the score places the student into the Pre-College Writing and Reading course (40-68), the student may either enroll in this course as a co-requisite, along with the general education course(s), or the student may take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test. If the student scores 69 or higher on the Reading Comprehension test, the student may enroll in general education courses without also enrolling in the Pre-College Writing and Reading course.
Students must consult their advisor prior to dropping/withdrawing from the Pre-College Writing and Reading course when it is a co-requisite with one or more general education courses. The student cannot drop/withdraw from the Pre- College Writing & Reading course without also dropping/withdrawing from any general education co-requisite courses.  A student who scores into the Writing & Reading Essentials course, may take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test to achieve a high enough score to place into the Pre-College Writing & Reading course, or possibly test out of any reading requirement.  If the student still places into the Writing & Reading Essentials course after taking both the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension placement exams, the student cannot enroll in general education courses.  However, the student may enroll in some concentration courses in Art, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Graphic Design, Mathematics (requires math placement), Office Technology, and Physical Education.

English Composition I Course Placement: The student must have an ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 69 or above, or the appropriate COMPASS, ACT, or SAT score to enroll in English Comp I.  Without a qualifying score, the student needs to complete the Pre-College Writing and Reading course with a C or better prior to enrolling in English Comp I.  If a student has taken a college English course prior to enrolling at LCC, the student must provide an official college transcript or grade report of these courses.  Placement in appropriate courses will be determined during the enrollment process.

Math Course Placement:  These courses require minimum ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT placement scores prior to enrollment. If the student has taken a math course prior to enrolling at LCC, the student must provide an official college transcript or grade report of these courses.  Placement in appropriate courses will be determined during the enrollment process.

Online and Hybrid Course Placement: Students must meet the same writing/reading requirements found in the General Education Course Placement above to enroll in any online course, whether General Education or not.
The ACCUPLACER test for each subject/discipline may be taken twice per enrollment period--fall or spring semester.  Students who are enrolled in the recommended remedial course, based on their ACCUPLACER score, may retake the test upon completion of the course.  If the ACCUPLACER score falls into an appeal score zone, the student must follow the appeal process for that subject/discipline.

Reading Requirements for Health Science Courses:  Some Health Science programs have a reading requirement determined by program policy.  Students enrolled in any of these programs should check with their advisors to determine if such a requirement exists.

Additional Information
College students who apply for Pell Grants and who will be taking Writing & Reading Essentials, Pre-College Writing & Reading, Foundations of Math, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, or any other developmental course must have taken the appropriate placement test in order to qualify for the grant funds.
Students enrolled full-time at other colleges who wish to also enroll at LCC at the same time will be allowed to enroll in any course without being required to take the writing or reading placement exam.  Students must provide unofficial transcripts or grade reports at the time of enrollment.  English and math courses will still require placement testing, or appropriate ACT or SAT scores. 

Students enrolled for one credit hour or less, or enrolled in Community Services and Workforce Education courses, are exempt from the above procedure.

Students requesting accommodations for ACCUPLACER testing due to their documented disabilities must contact the college’s designated ADA coordinator at least two business days prior to their desired testing date.  Students may contact the coordinator by phone at (620) 421-6700, ex. 1230, or in person in the Business Office on the main campus in Parsons.  The coordinator will work with the SSC staff to ensure proper accommodations are in place for the student prior to testing.

Students may arrange to take a placement test by calling the LCC Student Success Center at (620) 421-6700, extension 1147 or by email at testing@labette.edu.


Writing Placement

Score
Placement in

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 1 – 39
COMPASS writing score of 1-51
ACT English score of 1-13

 

Writing
& Reading Essentials

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 40 – 68
COMPASS writing score of 52-69
ACT English score of 14-17

 

Pre-College Writing & Reading

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 69 or higher
COMPASS writing score of 70 or higher
ACT English score of 18 or higher
SAT Verbal score of 360 or higher

 

English Composition I

Appeal Process

  • Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test twice and score between 37 and 39 may write an essay for consideration of placement into Pre-College Writing & Reading
  • Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test twice and score between 66 and 68 may write an essay for consideration of placement into English Composition I.
  • Students can only go up one level by writing the essay.

Procedure for writing the essay:

  • The essay will be written in the Student Success Center (SSC).
  • The students will be given a list of topics chosen by the English faculty.
  • The student will fill out a form listing their name, ID number, address, and phone number.
  • The student will receive written instructions for writing the essay, paper, and pen.
  • Once it is completed, the essay and form will be sent to the English Department.  They will have at least two people read the essay and decide, independently, whether or not the student should be admitted into the higher course.  If there is a disagreement, a third faculty member will read the essay to make the determination.
  • Once the decision has been made, the essay and decision are returned to the Student Success Center.
  • One of the SSC staff, usually the English Specialist, will contact the student and inform him or her as to which course they should enroll.  The English Specialist will also inform Admissions of the determination.
  • The grading of the essay will be complete in 24 to 48 hours, so the student will be able to enroll in a timely manner.

Reading Placement

Score
Placement in

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Score of 1 – 53
COMPASS reading score of 1-54
ACT reading score of 12 or below

SAT reading score of 255 or below

 

 

Writing & Reading Essentials required
(typically a student would take the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test to place into this course)

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Score of 54- 68
COMPASS reading score of 55-74
ACT reading score of 13-16
SAT reading Score of 256-299

 

 

Pre-College Writing & Reading required
(typically a student would take the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test to place into this course)

 

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Score of 69 or higher
COMPASS reading score of 75 or higher
ACT reading score of 17 or higher
SAT reading score of 300 or higher

 

No reading course required prior to, or as a co-requisite for General Education  courses

Appeal Process

Students who score within three (3) points of their desired course placement for Reading are eligible for the appeals process. As a first appeal, students have the opportunity to retake the placement test. A second (and final) appeal of placement requirements will be handled through the English Department.


Mathematics Placement

Score

Placement in

ACCUPLACER Elem Algebra 1-39
COMPASS Pre-Algebra 1-33
ACT Math Score 1-13

Foundations of Math

ACCUPLACER Elem Algebra 40-59
COMPASS Pre-Algebra 34-100
ACT Math Score 14-16

Beginning Algebra or
Applied Math

ACCUPLACER Elem Algebra 60-80
COMPASS Algebra 34-56
ACT Math Score 17-19
SAT Math Score 460 – 489

Intermediate Algebra

ACCUPLACER Elem Algebra 81 or higher
ACCUPLACER College Level Math 40-79
COMPASS Algebra 57-100
COMPASS College Algebra 1-100
ACT Math Score 20 or higher
SAT Math Score 490 or higher

College Algebra or
Mathematics for Education

ACCUPLACER College Level Math 80 or higher
COMPASS College Algebra 44-100
COMPASS Trigonometry 1-100
ACT Math Score 21 or higher
SAT Math Score 540 or higher

Elementary Statistics, Trigonometry, Matrix Algebra or
Intro to Analytical Processes

ACCUPLACER College Level Math 86 or higher
COMPASS Trigonometry 44-100
ACT Math Score 26 or higher

Calculus I*
*C or better in high school Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry required

 
If a student is placed in Intermediate Algebra by the placement test, they may take the Intermediate Algebra final.  If they pass the final, they will be allowed to enroll in College Algebra.  Students can only take the final for the course in which they were placed by  ACCUPLACER to move to the next course in the sequence.  The sequence of courses is as follows:

  • Foundations of Math
  • Beginning Algebra or Applied Mathematics
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Mathematics for Education
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry/Elementary Statistics/Business Calculus/Matrix Algebra/Intro to Analytical Processes
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations

Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Business Calculus, Matrix Algebra, and Introduction to Analytical Processes all carry a prerequisite of College Algebra and are considered roughly equal in terms of placement level.

 

Rev 3/1/16

Extension & Concurrent Coordinator

Nancy Newby

Extension & Concurrent Coordinator
(620) 820-1221
nancyn@labette.edu

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