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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.

Course Placement using 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, refer to guides below.

Placement Guides:

St. Louis Community College uses multiple measures for placing students into their initial courses including previous course work, high school GPA and standardized test scores. Placement testing may be required prior to advisement and registration. 

Placement Guides effective fall 2022 can be found below.


ACCUPLACER Placement Testing

If you would like to take the placement test, you have the following options:

Option 1: Testing on Campus

  • You may walk in and take the placement test during our open hours. All testing will be stopped 15 minutes prior to closing. The placement test is untimed, but plan for 2 hours for entire exam.
  • You MUST present photo identification. No student will be allowed to test if they do not present photo identification. State ID, Driver's license or high school or other school ID are accepted.
  • You will be required to lock up your belongings during the test, 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 outside of the testing center while their student is testing.

Option 2: At Home Virtual Testing through Examity

  • Examity is an external company that is contracted through ACCUPLACER to provide proctor service.
  • Please note the student is responsible for the $25 proctoring fee for their service.
  • Students are required to have valid photo identification and a computer with a camera and a microphone. Examity technical requirements
  • To request a voucher for the exam, email your campus testing center (campus where you take most 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, pay the fee and complete your test with Examity.

Prepare for the Test

We want you to accurately determine your skill level. Here are a few ways you can prepare for the test:

  1. Practice before the test. 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. Handheld calculators are not permitted.

Taking the Test

Please bring your photo ID (State issued ID or School photo ID) and be prepared to spend approximately two hours to complete the entire test. (The tests are untimed.)

Remember that you can't bring in a calculator, and all belongings will be secured while you test.

Hours of Walk-in Testing are:

August through May:

  • Monday- Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 pm
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

June and July:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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 are 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.

Cannot come to campus to test?

Placement Testing at a Distance or Virtual/At home testing may be an option

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 email or phone 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: Examity Technical 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).
  • 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 Operation

Phone:  314-539-5100

August through May

Mondays thru Thursdays: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

During June and July

Mondays and Thursdays: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Florissant Valley

Location: A-153
(Administration Building)


Forest Park

Location: W 226
(West campus)
(formerly G Tower-229)



Location: CN-122 (Communications North)


South County

Student Information Desk


Student Information Desk

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.

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