Facebook pixel Take a Placement Test

Take a Placement Test

St. Louis Community College uses multiple measures to help you know the right courses for you. An untimed computerized placement test, high school GPA and other measures are used to determine the course work that would be best for you and let you start college with confidence. You should speak to a Student Success Advisor to determine if you need placement testing.

Testing and Course Placement

St. Louis Community College uses multiple measures for placing students into their initial courses placement testing may NOT be required. You should FIRST make an appointment and discuss your course placement with your academic success advisor. They will be able to assist you in determining your appropriate course placement.

If you and your academic success advisor feel that taking the placement test is right for you, you have the following options:

  • Option 1: At Home Virtual Testing through Examity
    • Examity is an external company that is contracted through ACCUPLACER. Please note the student is responsible for the proctoring fee for their service. Call or email the Testing Center to discuss your at-home/remote options.
    • Students are required to have valid photo identification and a computer with a camera and a microphone.
    • To request a voucher for the exam, email your campus testing center (campus where you take the majority of your classes) and provide the following information: Your full name, date of birth, Student ID A Number, email address, state of residence, and the tests you need to complete.
    • The testing center will create a voucher and you will receive an email with further instruction from ACCUPLACER on how to make your appointment and complete your test with Examity.
  • Option 2: Testing on Campus
    • Appointments are not required but highly recommended. Seating is very limited.
      • Please email your nearest STLCC testing center for appointment availability. Please provide the following information: Your full name, date of birth, Student ID A Number, email address, state of residence, and the tests you need to complete and preferred day. You will receive a confirmation email.
      • You MUST wear a face covering and maintain social distancing at all times.
      • You MUST present photo identification. No student will be allowed to test if they do not present photo identification. You will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
      • We will be limiting personal items allowed in to the testing center. Please limit items to only the essentials such as photo Identification and car keys.
      • Phones are strongly discouraged and we ask they remain in your vehicle. Anyone caught accessing a phone while testing will have their scores voided.
      • Scratch paper and writing utensils are provided. Calculators are provided through the ACCUPLACER Test platform.
      • Guests accompanying students to their appointment will be encouraged to come back or wait in their vehicle while their student is testing.

Multiple Measures

Under STLCC’s multiple measures approach to student assessment and course placement, standardized testing is no longer the primary means of determining students’ readiness for college-level coursework. Prospective students may now employ an appropriate high school GPA alone for reading and English course placement and a high school GPA in combination with a standardized test score (ACT or ACCUPLACER) to determine math course placement.

Not all students will benefit from this approach. In order for students to determine the utility of multiple measures for college-level course placement, please discuss with a Student Success Advisor and refer to the following guide:

Reading Proficiency

  • High School GPA: 2.6 or higher OR
  • ACT Reading Subscore: 18 or higher OR
  • ACCUPLACER (Next Gen) Reading Subscore: 250 or higher OR
  • ACCUPLACER (Classic) Reading Subscore: 77 or higher.

English (ENG: 101)

  • High School GPA: 2.6 or higher OR
  • ACT English Subscore: 18 or higher OR
  • ACCUPLACER (Next Gen) Writing Subscore: 250 or higher and Reading Proficiency OR
  • ACCUPLACER (Classic) Sentence Skills Subscore: 83 or higher and Reading Proficiency.

Math (MTH: 160, 161, 180)

  • Math Index Score: 800 or higher for MTH: 160; 750 or higher for MTH: 161 or 180 and Reading Proficiency
  • ACT Math Subscore: 22-25 (Placement in MTH: 160, 161, 180) and Reading Proficiency
  • ACCUPLACER (Next Gen) Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Subscore: 231-245 (Placement in MTH: 160, 161, 180) and Reading Proficiency
  • ACCUPLACER (Classic) College Level Math (CLM) Subscore: 46-58 and Reading Proficiency.

Math Index Score Placement Tool

This tool permits students to enter a high school GPA and test score to see what course they may take. Determine your Math Index Score.

Students, who believe that either a GPA or a Math Index Score will place them in a college-level course before a final high school transcript is available, will need to request a current, non-final transcript be sent electronically to STLCC’s Registrar’s Office so that their GPA can be entered in STLCC’s student system.

Prepare for the Test

We want you to accurately determine your skill level. This doesn't mean you shouldn't study or prepare for the exam. Here are a few ways you can prepare for the test:

  1. Practice before the test. If you know what the test will be like you can better prepare for it. Study materials are available to provide you with sample items for each part of the test.
    1. Try our online resources
    2. Accuplacer Placement Test proactive and preparation
    3. View the Test Preparation Video
  2. Show up prepared. Arrive when you will have plenty of time to take the test. You should allow 2 hours to complete all three portions of the test. A pencil and scratch paper will be provided. A calculator will be made available on-screen for selected items. Hand held calculators are not permitted.
  3. Take advantage of the tutorial. When you sit down to test you may access a computer tutorial. Use this tutorial to practice the computer's functions, such as the mouse and the scroll bar. You may spend as much time as you need to become familiar with the computer before you begin testing.

Taking the Test

When you're ready to take the test you are free to schedule an appointment at any Testing Center. The locations and hours are below. Here's what you need to get started:

  1. You are STRONGLY encouraged (but not required) to make an appointment.
  2. A photo ID
  3. Your student A number
  4. Around two hours of time for the entire test.

Remember you can't bring in a calculator and all belongings will be kept with staff while you test.

Accuplacer Hours of Testing are:

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-noon

**Appointments are STRONGLY encouraged, but not required**

All testing must be completed 15 minutes prior to closing.

Retaking the Test

If you feel like you can do better on your placement test, we welcome you to try again. You’re allowed to retake each test twice in a calendar year. Each retake will come with a $10 fee and require you to wait 24 hours from the previous session. Click here to pay for a placement test retake.

Once a student enrolls in a reading, English, or math course sequence, he or she must receive retake authorization from the appropriate department chair.

Testing for Students with a Documented Disability

If you have a disability that requires accommodations for the placement test, please call the Access office at the campus of your choice for an appointment prior to testing. Documentation will be required.

Placement Testing at a Distance

Online students or students who cannot travel to one of the STLCC testing centers have two placement testing options, remote site testing ( in person testing at an approved Accuplacer location near you) or virtual online proctoring, which allows you to test just about anywhere, even at home.

If you would like to take the placement test outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, at either a remote site or through virtual online proctoring, please contact one of STLCC’s testing centers to assist you in setting up your test. Contact information is below. Be prepared to provide your STLCC ID number (provided to you after application is received), your date of birth, email address and telephone number.

The remote center you choose will charge a fee for this service which is variable depending on location. The online proctoring service is provided through Examity for a $25 fee. Once your exam is set up, you will be sent via email a voucher that will be needed to complete the exam. You must retain this voucher to bring to the remote site or when testing via the online option. A state issued photo ID is required for either testing option.

The voucher will contain a link for setting up your Examity account if the online option was chosen. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with login credentials. You will then log into the Examity dashboard and set up your profile and schedule your exam using the assigned voucher number provided.

For online proctoring please note the following requirements:

  • Students must test alone in a quiet room without disruptions.
  • ACCUPLACER tests can only be administered on a desktop computer or laptop.
  • The device must have a webcam and microphone (built-in or external).
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload.
  • Operating systems: Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer.
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v47 or later, Mozilla Firefox v41or later, Internet Explorer v10 or later, Microsoft Edge v12 or later, Apple Safari v6 or later.
  • The Examity software is accessible and can be used with various assistive technologies such as screen readers (JAWS) and magnification (Zoom Text).
  • When your test is completed either at a remote location or online, you will receive your scores and course placement.
  • Please contact the testing center to verify your results have been received by STLCC or if you have any questions. Please allow a minimum of 72 hours to complete test registration and test taking.

Locations and Hours of Operations

Florissant Valley

Location: A-153 (Administration Building)
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Forest Park

Location: G-229 (G Tower)
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



Location: CN-122 (Communications North)
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


South County

Student Information Desk
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



Student Information Desk
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


William J. Harrison Education Center

Student Information Desk
Mon-Wed: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m


St. Louis Community College testing centers support the College's educational mission by providing college classroom assessments, distance education exams, national and professional certification exams to students and other examinees in a professional, secure and accessible environment. All tests are administered with high quality customer service under conditions that are fair and secure. We adhere to the National College Testing Association's (NCTA) Professional Standards and Guidelines; STLCC Board policies; testing companies and faculty guidelines.

Back to top