Transitional Studies
Pellissippi State Art Department

Placement Test General Information

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

Online resources for preparing for the Placement Tests are available through the following links:

ESL Placement Test Resources

Math Placement Test Resources

Reading Placement Test Resources

Writing Placement Test Resources