Placement Testing Information

Placement Testing

PLACEMENT TESTING

An integral part of your academic success will be starting in the right courses – taking the correct Math and English courses in your freshman year can affect your entire college experience. Placement is the way we decide which courses are best for you. Placement is based on:

  • your ACT/SAT scores  
  • placement assessments  
  • successful completion of prerequisite courses

HOW AM I PLACED IN MATH AND ENGLISH CLASSES?

Potomac State College is committed to student success.  Our goal is to help students succeed academically and to progress toward graduation in a timely manner.  With this in mind, students are placed into Math and English courses based on prerequisites or placement scores.  Students may place by ACT Math and English score, SAT Math and English score, scores on the ALEKS Math Assessment, scores on the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills assessment.

ENGLISH PLACEMENT

Students who have no ACT/SAT scores on file or have below an 18 ACT (English section only) or 480 SAT (ERW section only, taken after March 1, 2016) or 450 SAT (Verbal section only, taken prior to March 1, 2016), are required to take the ACCUPLACER sentence skills assessment

Click here for sample ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test

ACCUPLACER is not timed.

You may retake the test one time.

There’s a free app to help you practice. Download the app  here

MATH PLACEMENT

Students who have no ACT/SAT scores on file or have below a 19 ACT (Math section only) or 500 SAT (Math section only, taken after March 1, 2016) or 460 SAT (Math section only, taken prior to March 1, 2016), are required to take the ALEKS Math placement assessment

Self-paced test, time varies

Calculators will be provided by ALEKS, when needed

Click here for math requirements for each major

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know to assist in course placement. The assessment is approximately 35 questions in length. Calculators are provided on-screen within ALEKS, so students are not allowed access to any additional calculators, websites, or other unapproved aids when completing the assessment.

ALEKS reports its findings to the student, provides opportunity for improving knowledge and skills, and identifies an appropriate level for course placement.

After you have completed your test, an email will be sent to your MIX account. If you are interested in retesting, ALEKS will provide you with instructions on how to utilize practice modules. You must complete your modules before retesting.

You may retake the ALEKS math placement assessment, if necessary — by scheduling an appointment with Molly Alvaro at 304-788-7405