In order to be successful in college-level courses, students must have adequate foundational knowledge and skills. Pellissippi State provides learning support in reading, English and math 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 test.
- Students may present either a valid ACT or SAT score (taken in the last 5 years) or take an entrance test.
- Transfer students who have not successfully completed equivalent English and mathematics courses at another approved higher education institution also must provide either valid ACT or SAT scores or take the entrance test.
- Students will be placed based on their previous levels.
- Students that have been out more than three years are strongly encouraged to take the entrance test if they still have outstanding developmental competencies to meet.
ACT Minimum College Level Scores
SAT Minimum College Level Scores
Accuplacer Minimum College Level Scores
What is the ACCUPLACER Test?
The ACCPLACER test is a web based test administered to help Pellissippi State determine if a student should be placed directly into college level courses or if a student may need to take learning support courses in conjunction with his/her college level courses. The ACCUPLACER tests students in up to three areas: Sentence Structure, Reading Comprehension, and Elementary Algebra.
ACCUPLACER Sample Test Questions (PDF) **Please note that the study guide contains all areas of the ACCUPLACER and students should only study the three sections above for which they will be tested.
How long is the test?
Each section of the Accuplacer is approximately 45 minutes depending on which section a student is required to take, he/she could test from 45 minutes up to 2 hours 30 minutes.
What do I need for the test?
Pellissippi State student ID number
When is the test offered?
We offer the entrance test by appointment. Please call 865-694-6400 to obtain the testing password required to make your appointment and to verify testing requirements.
***Students who may need testing accommodations, please contact Disability Services at 865-694-6411.