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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.

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, or standardized test scores for reading and English course placement and a high school GPA in combination with a standardized test score 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

Take the placement test at an STLCC Testing Center, virtually (at home) or at an approved Accuplacer remote testing site:  

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 the entire exam.
  • You MUST present a 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.

Option 2: Test either at Home (Virtual Testing) through Examity or test at an approved Accuplacer test site near where you are located

  • Test at a remote site: Accuplacer will be administered at an approved Testing Center near the student's current location. Student is responsible for any testing fee at site.
  • Test at home: 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, Site location or Virtual 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 or the offsite location.
  • 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, and registration into courses.  

Prepare for the Test

We want you to accurately determine your skill level and do your best.

Practice before the test. Study materials are available to provide you with sample items for each part of the test.

Try our online resources

View the Test Preparation Video

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.) You can save and finish later if needed, so don’t rush.

Remember that you can't bring in a calculator, and all belongings will be secured while you test. You will be provided scratch paper/pencils.

Hours of Walk-in Testing

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, and Wildwood Testing Center Hours: 

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.

South County ONLY Testing Center Hours
Monday - Friday 10a.m.-2p.m. 

All testing must be completed 15 minutes prior to closing

Phone:  314-539-5100 

Locations of Testing Centers at each campus

Retaking the Test

If you feel like you can do better on your placement test, we welcome you to try again. You can retake 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 accommodation for the placement test, please call the Access office at the campus of your choice for an appointment before testing. Documentation will be required.

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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