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Placement Test

In order to be successful in college-level courses, students must have adequate foundational knowledge and skills. Pellissippi State provides refresher courses in reading, English, math and study skills to assist students in developing college-level skills in each of these areas. Students are placed into these courses based on the results of a placement tests.

New students must submit valid ACT/SAT scores. If students do not have ACT/SAT scores, students will take a COMPASS test.

**Valid test scores have been earned within 3 years prior to the first day of class of the student's entering term.

ACT Minimum College Level Scores
English            18
Reading          19
Mathematics   19

SAT Minimum College Level Scores
(English & Reading taken from critical reading score.)

English              450
Reading            460
Mathematics     460

COMPASS Minimum College Level Scores
Writing            77
Reading          83
Mathematics   38

Students with scores below the minimum score in either the ACT/SAT or COMPASS must take the Placement Test in the area(s) that are below college level.

Placement test scores determine course placement in Learning Support reading, English, or math courses or college-level English or math courses.

Students with college-level transfer credit in English and math do not have to take the placement test.

Placement Test Information

Pellissippi State provides preparation sessions in Math, Reading and Writing to assist students in taking the Placement Tests. Students are placed into courses based on the results of a placement test.

Cost: FREE
Where: Educational Resources Center (ERC), Pellissippi Campus, Room varies by session
When: Specific dates are listed below.
Scheduling Appointments: See the form below
Student Instructions: Bring the following items to the test and preparation sessions:
  • Photo ID
  • Calculator (not a TI89 or 92)
  • Pencils and paper
  • Students who need accommodations for taking the practice Placement Test can call the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at 539-7153 for arrangements.

Entrance Test Preparation

**CLOSED** May 7-14 (MAGNOLIA campus) [Session #1]

Monday, May 7 8:15-1pm Orientation and Diagnostic Test and COMPASS Pretests (MA 160/143)
May 8,9,10,11,14,15, and 16 Math: 8:15am-10:15am
Life Skills: 10:30am-11:30am
Lunch (on own): 11:30-12:15pm
Writing: 12:15-1:30pm
Reading: 1:45pm-3pm
MA 160
Thursday, May 17 8:15am-1:00pm Diagnostic Test and COMPASS/Placement Post-Tests (MA 160/148) [required]

**CLOSED** May 9-24 (MAGNOLIA campus) [Session #2]

Wednesday, May 9 5:15-9pm Orientation and Diagnostic Test and COMPASS Pretests (MA 160/143)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: May 11,14,16,18,21 and 23 Math: 5:30-8:30pm MA 160
Tuesday and Thursday: May 10, 15, 17, and 22 Writing: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Reading: 7:15-8:30pm
MA 160
Thursday, May 17 5:150pm-9:00pm Diagnostic Test and COMPASS/Placement Post-Tests (MA 160/148) [required]

The Magnolia Avenue Placement Prep Session focuses on improving basic academic skills. The first day consists of a pre-test to determine what students need to study. The following days will include preparatory work in mathematics and reading/writing (students can choose which areas to study) The official placement test (post-test) to determine a studentís placement into courses at Pellissippi State is scheduled on the last day.

Placement Test & Preparation Sign-Up

Fill out this form to sign up for one of the above sessions. The preparation sessions and the placement tests are FREE.

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