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Reading Placement Test

student in libraryReading comprehension is a critical skill for college success. The Reading Placement test assesses your ability to read and comprehend, so that you are placed in the appropriate classes your first semester at Columbus State.

NOTE: The Reading placement test is a requirement of some our CSCC programs of study. Speak with your academic advisor before deciding not to take the Reading placement test.

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

Who Needs to Test?

  • If you have an ACT Reading score of 22 or higher, a SAT Critical Reading score of 450 or higher (old format) or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 490 (new format), or official transcripts with qualifying English college credits, you are not required to take the Reading Placement Test. Selected majors may require Reading Placement, see your advisor.
  • All others must complete both the Reading and Writing Placement Tests before you can register for your first semester of classes at Columbus State.

Practice is The Best Preparation

As with any test, the more you prepare and study for your placement test, the better you will do.

Your placement tests are among the most important tests you will take in college. Your score will determine whether you will be required to take developmental reading courses.

It’s important to understand that, while developmental reading courses are critical for some students, they do not count toward your degree. Scoring an 80 or higher on your Reading Placement Test will allow you to begin your first semester in courses that apply toward your major, saving you time and money!

Practice Tests

Click the links below to take practice tests. This is an important step because it will help you get an idea of what the test is like, and what your score might be if you took the test today. It also provides a review of material that will be on the test, to help you achieve your best score.

Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Practice Questions

Prepare for ACCUPLACER - College Board

Reading Comprehension - Dallas County Community College District

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Practice Test

Reading Comprehension ACCUPLACER Practice Tests

In-Person Preparation Help

College Readiness Center
Columbus Campus
Aquinas Hall, Room 214

Tutors are available to suggest tips and offer exercises that may improve your scores in reading and/or writing.

Taking the Test

Test Format

For the Reading Placement Test, you will be asked to:

  • Read passages of varying lengths
  • Answer 20 multiple choice questions

Testing Locations

All placement test must be taken at a Columbus State Testing Center. Testing Centers are located on our Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, and Westerville, Dublin and Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Centers.

You do not need to schedule an appointment in advance, but be aware of the hours at the Testing Center you choose. You must arrive at least two hours prior to closing to take the Reading Placement Test. The test will not be administered if you arrive less than 2 hours prior to closing.

Visit for Testing Center hours and directions.

Timing, Costs and Testing Rules

  • There is no charge to take the reading placement test the first time. Retesting is available for $20 per test.
  • Most students choose to take the Reading Placement Test and the Writing Placement Test at the same time. The tests are not timed.
  • Allow two hours or more to take the two tests. Neither are timed and students generally spend about 90 minutes total to complete both tests.
  • You must complete the Reading Placement test in one sitting. You won’t be permitted to start the test, leave the Testing Center before completion, and return at another time to resume the test.
  • Once you start the test you will be permitted to work on the test until the Testing Center closes. You will be required to complete your test by closing time.

Test Scores

  • If you score below 80, you will be placed into a developmental Reading course, based on your score. If you score 80 or above, you will not be required to take a reading course.
Placement Based on Scores
Scores of 21-51*
Intermediate Reading
DEV 0140
Scores of 52-79
Advanced Reading
DEV 0145
Scores of 80+
No reading
class required

* Scores of 0 or 1 on the Writing Placement Test in conjunction with a 21-30 on the Reading Placement Test will result in referral to Adult Basic Education programs.


Students who wish to retest must wait at least 24 hours before starting their retest and must have a referral form from an advisor. There is a $20 retesting fee to retake the Reading and Writing Placement tests. The Testing Center strongly encourages all students planning to retest any Placement Test to study. Test preparation can be done by visiting and clicking on the link for the appropriate test, and/or by visiting the College Readiness Center, Aquinas Hall Room 214.