Frequently Asked Questions about Placement Testing

Placement testing determines where you begin your studies at South Suburban College and your readiness for college level courses. It is important that you do your very best.

The results will determine if you are college ready or developmental courses are required. Developmental courses will add time and money to earning a degree or certificate.

All new degree or certificate seeking students entering college for the first time need to take the placement test unless exempt based on previous college credit or ACT/SAT scores. Students can only take the placement test after they have completed an Admissions application. Students can contact the Counseling Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5724 to schedule an appointment with a Counselor for more information.

The placement test is administered in the Assessment Center, located on the second floor of the main campus in room 2266. No appointment is needed. Plan for a hour per test (Reading, Math and English) for a total of three hours of testing.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must have a valid picture I.D. with you.
  • Cell phones, smart watches, iPod/iPad, tablets, laptops, Bluetooth or any other electronic devices are prohibited in the Lab area.
  • No food or drink allowed in the Assessment Center.
  • Children are not permitted in the Assessment Center, nor can they be left alone on campus

The placement test consists of three sections: English, Reading and Math. You may take the complete test in one day, or break the testing areas up over multiple days.

Accuplacer is the Reading test, ALEKS PPL is the Math test, and student essays will be used for English placement for all students.

Your ACT/SAT scores in Reading, Writing and Math may exempt you from taking the placement test.

Use the table to determine whether a combination of your ACT/SAT scores and your high school grades will exempt you from taking one or more parts of the placement test.

If you believe you should be exempt from taking one or more parts of the placement test based upon your ACT/SAT scores, you must make an appointment to see a Counselor to waive the appropriate part of the test.

NOTE: All English, Reading, and Math ACT/SAT scores and South Suburban College placement test scores expire after 2 years of the initial test date and are no longer used for placement.

Academic Area ACT Subject Score SAT Subject Score + High School Requirement = SSC Placement
Reading 20 500 = No Reading Required
English 20 470* = ENG 101
Math 19-20 460-480 + Passing grades in Algebra I = MTH 097 or MTH 100
21-22 500-520 + Grades of “C” or above in Algebra II = MTH 115 or MTH 126
23 or above 540 or above + Grades of “C” or above in Algebra II = MTH 145 or MTH 165
* SAT Writing

Geometry is not assessed as a part of the placement exam. Students must submit high school transcripts with successful completion of one year of Geometry from High School with a grade of D or higher or they must enroll in MTH 096 and complete with a grade of D or higher.

Yes. Preparation can save you time and money!

The placement test determines whether or not you are prepared to enroll in college-level courses, or if you need to complete developmental courses before taking college-level coursework. Preparing yourself for the placement test by reviewing and taking practice test can save you time and money!

Based on your placement scores, there are up to three levels of English, three levels of Reading, and five levels of Developmental Math courses that may be required.

Each developmental course you place into will cost you extra time and money to complete and also uses up your financial aid eligibility. It is important that you are prepared in order to place in the highest level possible.

The following chart shows the time and money required for each developmental course at SSC.

Developmental Math Course Course Length Hours Billed Cost College Credit Earned
MTH 085 1/2 Semester 2 $305.50 No
MTH 091 1/2 Semester 2 $305.50 No
MTH 093 1/2 Semester 2 $305.50 No
MTH 095 1 Semester 4 $611.00 No
MTH 097/100 1 Semester 4 $611.00 No
5 Courses 2-1/2 Years 14 $2,138.50 NONE
Developmental English Course Course Length Number of Hours Billed Cost College Credit Earned
ENG 097 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
ENG 098 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
ENG 099 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
3 Courses 1-1/2 Years 9 $1,131.75 NONE
Developmental Reading Course Course Length Number of Hours Billed Cost College Credit Earned
RDG 080 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
RDG 081 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
RDG 082 1 Semester 3 $377.25 No
3 Courses 1-1/2 Years 10 $1,256.50 NONE
In conjunction with the Services for Students with Disabilities Office the Assessment Center offers a noise reduction environment, page and pocket magnifiers, priority seating and a proctor or scribe if needed.
If you have a disability for which you may need special accommodations for testing, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSDO) at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2572, room 2268. For the hearing impaired, call the TDD at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2573.