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Entrance Testing

Entrance testing helps ensure that you take the appropriate classes in your first semesters of college. If your entrance test shows that you need additional development in college-level skills in reading, English and math, then you may be placed on corequisite remediation courses. These are college-level courses with supplemental instruction to help bring you up to speed.


Who needs to take an entrance exam?

If you are a new student, or a student transferring to Pellissippi State from another college, you can present either a valid ACT or SAT score (from a test taken in the past five years) or you can take an entrance exam. Students who have previously attended Pellissippi State and are re-enrolling will be placed in classes based upon their previous college-level placement, or will be encouraged to take another entrance test if they have been out of college for more than three years. In addition, if your ACT or SAT scores do not indicate college readiness, you may take an entrance exam to try to “test out” of corequisite remediation courses.

If you are unsure if you need to take an entrance exam, call 865.694.6400.


What are the minimum scores for the ACT, SAT and entrance exam to be placed at college level?

ACT Minimum College Level Scores

English            18
Reading          19
Mathematics    19


SAT Minimum College Level Scores
EBRW score of 490 for Writing and 500 for Reading
Mathematics score of 500

English 450
Reading 460
Mathematics 460


Accuplacer Minimum College Level Scores
Writing            92
Reading          85
Mathematics    92


Which entrance exam do I need to take?

Pellissippi State administers two types of entrance exams: the Accuplacer and the Michigan Test.

The Accuplacer is a web-based exam that helps determine if you are ready for college-level courses or need some supplemental remediation. The Accuplacer tests three areas: sentence structure, reading comprehension and elementary algebra. Each section of the Accuplacer takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

The Michigan Test is only for students who speak English as a second or other language. Students who speak English as a second or other language may take this entrance exam or provide English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. The Michigan Test is scored as a pass or no pass. It comprises a 100-item multiple choice exam covering reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary. The test takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.


What do I need to do to take the test?

Pellissippi State students can sign up for an entrance exam in myPellissippi. Be sure you read the Testing Center Procedures before your test, and be sure to adhere to the regulations. Bring your valid Pellissippi State student ID and know your P Number.


When is the test offered?

We offer the Accuplacer and the Michigan Test by appointment. Sign up for the entrance exam in myPellissippi. If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Disability Services at 865.694.6411.

Contact Us

Fax: 865.539.7660
Text: 865.270.6400

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Hardin Valley Campus: 865.694.6400
Goins Administration Building, Room 101
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For site campus hours and availability, call 865.694.6400.