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What Placement Tests Do I Need to Take?

Placement tests are given to determine your proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, math and science so that you are placed into the correct classes for your first semester at Columbus State. If you have already taken a standardized test (ACT or SAT), or earned college credit in these subjects, you may not need to take the placement test.

Check the chart below to see if you have one of the College Recognized Equivalent test scores, or college credit in each subject.

You DO NOT need a placement test in the subject if you have official documentation of ONE of the items in the College Recognized Equivalent box.

IMPORTANT: ACT or SAT must have been taken in the past two years.

Writing Placement Test

No placement test required for students with:
ACT English score of 18 or higher
OR
SAT:

  • Writing score of 430 or higher if taken February 2016 or prior
  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of f490 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR
Official transcript with qualifying college credit for English or Composition

Reading Placement Test

No placement test required for students with:
ACT Reading Score of 22 or higher
OR
SAT:

  • Reading score of 450 or higher if taken February 2016 or prior
  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 490 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR
Official transcript with qualifying college credit English college credits

Mathematics Placement Test

No placement test required for students with:
ACT Math score of 20 or higher
OR
SAT Math score of:

  • 480 or higher if taken February 2016 or prior
  • 510 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR
Qualifying math college credits:

  • Score of 3 or above on test for AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC or Statistics
  • CLEP score of 69 or higher in Calculus with Elementary Functions or College Mathematics
  • Official transcript with qualifying college credit.

Science Placement Test

The Science Placement Test is only required for students registering for Biology 1111 or higher, Chemistry 1111 or higher, or Physics 1200 or higher.

Student taking these courses DO NOT need the Science Placement Test if they have:

ACT Science score of 22
OR
SAT Composite score of 980 (if taken March 2016 or later)
OR
Official transcript with qualifying science college credit

Obtaining Official Documentation

ACT scores - Must be sent directly from the American College Testing database. Visit act.org, click on “Register, view scores and more” and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (School Code: 3261).

NOTE: Scores from ACT tests completed more than two years ago will not be accepted.

SAT Scores - must be sent directly from the College Board. Visit sat.org and click on “Send scores to colleges” and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (School Code: 3261). 

NOTE: Scores from SAT tests completed more than two years ago will not be accepted.

AP Scores - Must be sent directly from the College Board. Visit collegeboard.org, click on “AP” in the top navigation bar and follow the prompts to have your scores sent to Columbus State.
CLEP Scores – The following may be sent for consideration of previously earned math college credit: Calculus with Elementary Functions; College Mathematics. Visit clep.collegeboard.org and search for “CLEP transcript” to download the form required to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code 1148).
College Credit – Contact your previous college(s) to have an official, unopened transcript sent to:
Columbus State Community College
ATTN: Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 1609
550 E. Spring St.
Columbus, OH 43216