SCC Placement Testing

New students at SCC's education centers in Colville, Inchelium, Ione, Newport and Republic can call or stop by their center to schedule a placement test:
Location: Building 16, Room 127
Phone: (509) 533-7074
Email: scctesting@scc.spokane.edu
Media Services

Welcome to Placement Testing!

There's a place for you at SCC!

Now that you have applied for Admission (Haven’t applied yet? Apply now!) and received your Student ID number (Haven’t received it yet? It will come via email from the Admissions Office), you are ready to schedule your placement tests!

There are different ways of being placed at SCC. Some programs require placement exams. Others do not. There are also multiple ways of satisfying the placement requirement such as recent, qualifying high school transcripts or tests like the ACT, SAT and Smarter Balanced. If you’ve received your Student ID number and you’re not sure if you need a placement test, you may contact us at (509) 533-7074 and we’ll help you.

Placement testing measures your current level of knowledge and ability. This helps you to choose classes that are neither too difficult nor too easy, so you may experience success during your first quarter at SCC. Our placement tests are computer-based and are not timed.

As an alternative to our standard math placement exam, we offer the ALEKS PPL Math Placement, Preparation and Learning System.

  • Optimize your math skills
  • Place in your highest level math course
  • Save time and money

Keyboarding Tests and MRSR

Some programs require a keyboarding test or mechanical reasoning and special relationship test (MRSR) in addition to your English and math placement. The keyboarding and MRSR exams are given on a walk in basis and may be taken on the day of your placement tests if you like. Contact us for more information.

What's Next?

After testing, students must schedule a New Student Orientation where they will meet with Counselors and Curriculum Advisors to discuss test results, program requirements, course selection, registration procedures, college services and activities, and strategies for success during their first quarter at SCC.

Persons with a disability requiring any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations should contact the college at least 30 days before the beginning of the instructional program. Call SCC's Office of Disability Support Services at 509-533-7169 (voice) or 509-533-7482 (TTY).

Please Note:

  • You must provide proof of payment of the $30.00 test fee and valid photo ID to take the test.
  • Campus parking is $3.00 payable at the Cashiers office or at parking kiosks. Metered parking is available on the street outside the building.
  • To avoid a $30.00 non-refundable fee being charged to your account, please cancel online, or call our office if you must miss this scheduled appointment.
  • Additional test sessions also require payment of a $30.00 test fee.

Tips for Testing

  1. Relax! Placement tests are designed to help you succeed in school.
  2. Complete sample questions and review your reading, writing, and math skills prior to testing.
    • Sample questions for the COMPASS and ASSET are available at www.act.org/compass/sample/.
    • You can sign up for a free trial and complete sample questions within the ALEKS at www.aleks.com.
    • The SCC Library has test preparation books which you can check out of the library and books you can use to review reading, writing, and math skills. You can also visit the SCC campus to use the Learning Express Library database which contains test practice tools (for ASSET and other tests) and skills improvement tools in English and in Spanish. Contact the library at Reference@scc.spokane.edu or 509-533-8821.
  3. Get plenty of rest and eat properly before the test.
  4. We will provide you with pencils, scratch paper and a calculator for the placement test. Please do not bring these items with you.
  5. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to locate the testing area and restrooms.
  6. Be sure you understand the directions for each test before answering questions.
  7. Read each question carefully. If answering an item requires several steps, consider them all.
  8. Be sure to answer every item as there is no penalty for guessing.
  9. If you have a problem or question during the test, ask the test administrator for help.

The Testing Center stops testing two weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter and resumes testing the second week of the quarter. If you need or want to re-test, a $30.00 re-test fee will be charged.

English placement testing is NOT required for:

Recent High School Graduates (within 3 years) with any of the following.

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for at least 7 semesters*
  • SAT scores of 470 points or higher average of reading and writing scores*
  • ACT scores of a 19 points or higher average of the English and writing scores*
  • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 2 (with a B or higher in Senior English), Level 3 or Level 4*

Running Start students with any of the following.

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for at least 3 semesters*
  • SAT scores of 470 points or higher average of reading and writing scores*
  • ACT scores of a 19 points or higher average of the English and writing scores*
  • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or Level 4*

Returning SCC or SFCC students (within 3 years) with the following.

  • Qualifying placement testing scores within the last three years
  • Completion of English and Math course work with a 2.0 or better at SCC or SFCC

Other college students (within 3 years) with the following.

  • Qualifying COMPASS or ASSET placement test scores from tests taken at another facility**
  • In some cases, completion of English at another college or university***
  • Previous English or math placement at any Washington State Community or Technical College within one year of testing***

Math placement testing is NOT required for:

Recent High School Graduates (within 1 year) with any of the following.

  • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better
  • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 2 (with a 3.0 or higher in a bridge course), Level 3 or Level 4

Running Start students with any of the following.

  • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better
  • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or Level 4

Returning SCC or SFCC students (within 3 years) with the following.

  • Qualifying placement testing scores within the last three years
  • Completion of Math course work with a 2.0 or better at SCC or SFCC

Other college students (within 3 years) with the following.

  • Qualifying COMPASS or ASSET placement test scores from tests taken at another facility
  • In some cases, completion of math at another college or university
  • Previous English or math placement at any Washington State Community or Technical College within one year of testing***

Programs Not Requiring Placement Testing

Some programs do not require placement testing for entry. Please check this list to see if your program qualifies. If your plans for college degree program are undecided, you should test.


* High school transcripts and SAT, ACT and Smarter Balanced scores must be submitted to the SCC Testing Center. You may bring them in, fax, mail or email.

** Compass and Asset testing results from facilities other than SFCC and SCC must be sent by the testing institution to the Testing Center either via fax or mail.

*** Official transcripts from other colleges and universities must be submitted to the SCC Transcript Office for evaluation.

**** Placement recommendations from other Washington Community and Technical Colleges must be submitted to SCC Testing Center by the institution.

For further information, please contact the Testing Center by phone or email. Be sure to include your Student Identification Number in any communications.

SCC Testing Center
1810 N. Greene St MS 2160
Spokane, WA 99217
Phone: (509) 533-7074
Fax: (509) 533-7342
Email: wstesting@scc.spokane.edu

SCC Transcripts Office
Building 15
1810 N. Greene St MS 2151
Phone: (509) 533-7001

Directions to the Testing Center

  • Testing takes place in the Media Services Lab in Building 16, the Learning Resources Center (a.k.a. the Library).
  • From I-90, take Freya Street exit (283B) and turn North. Follow North Freya Street approximately one mile to East Mission Avenue. (North Freya Street becomes North Greene Street at East Mission Avenue) The College is located at the intersection of East Mission Avenue and North Greene Street. To gain access to the entrance to the college, remain on North Greene Street, crossing East Mission Avenue at the stoplight.
  • Off of North Greene Street, turn into the driveway parallel to the clock tower. The driveway comes to a "T." Building 16 (the Learning Resources Center) is to the right and faces west. You may park in the large parking lot in front of the building, but you must come into the center to get a temporary parking permit to place on your rearview mirror. Parking tickets may be issued to vehicles without the required permit.
  • FYI: The temperature in the building occasionally fluctuates, so you may want to dress in layers. For instance, an extra sweater or sweatshirt that you can put on or take off for comfort.
  • Consult SCC's campus map for more information.


Fall, Winter, and Spring

Computer Lab

Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Certification & Distance Learning Testing Center

Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Placement Testing

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Summer

Computer Lab

Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - Noon

Certification & Distance Learning Testing Center

Monday - Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - Noon (Certification Closed)
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Placement Testing

Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - Noon
Saturday & Sunday Closed

ALEKS Placement Preparation and Learning

What is ALEKS PPL ? Take a look at this short video.

Placing with the ALEKS PPL is a simple, 3 step process.

  1. Take a placement assessment at any computer connected to the web
  2. Do three or more hours of training in the guided learning module
  3. Take your official placement test at the SCC Testing Center

Who qualifies to use the Aleks PPL?

Who

YOU DO! All students have the option of participating in the program and it costs the same as our traditional math placement exam.

Why use the ALEKS Placement Preparation and Learning System?

Why

Make it count! On average, students who participate in the ALEKS PPL place one course level HIGHER than students taking traditional placement exams. Not only do they place higher, they place more accurately in the course best suited for their skill level.

There are three MAJOR benefits!

Time

Save time! Some college programs require a level of math proficiency for you to qualify. Don’t get stuck waiting to get into your program while you do unnecessary remedial math! You’ll finish your education faster and you’ll also...

Money

Save money! College courses are expensive! By being placed in the proper course, you’ll keep from running the risk of taking courses too hard for you and then having to drop out or taking a course too easy and wasting your money on something you don’t need! But that’s not all...

Do better

Do better! Prospective employers not only look at your degree, but also how well you did. When you sign up for ALEKS PPL, you get 6 month access to their amazing learning software that you can use as much as you like during your subscription period. Think of it as your own personal math tutoring genius, always there to get you help where you need it!


For more information, please read the ALEKS PPL FAQ

How do I sign up for the ALEKS PPL system and take my placement exam?

Give us a call. We’ll send you all the information to quickly get started. We’ll also schedule you for your placement tests. It’s easy!

Call us today! (509) 533-7074

Not interested in ALEKS PPL and want to take the standard math placement exam?

Go to our Placement Scheduler