Placement Options

 

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The Assessment Center — Placement Options

Your English and math placement can be determined in different ways. Your individual situation determines what placement path is best for you.

Identify what type of student you are below and check out your options:

Running Start

Recent high school graduate

GED recipients (earned within the last two years)

GED Test Score Chart

If you took the GED Reasoning through Language Arts test and/or the GED math test in the last two years, we can place you off of your scores. Send a copy of your GED score report to our office at: assessment@spscc.edu

Your scores will be evaluated and you will receive an email stating your placement within two business days.

English – Reasoning through Language Arts


GED Test Score

SPSCC Course Placement

165 – 200

ENGL& 101

160 – 164

ENGL 098

155 – 159

ENGL 095

150 – 154

ENGL 090

149 or below

Refer to Transitions or take CPT


Math


GED Test Score

SPSCC Course Placement

165 – 200

MATH& 107 or MATH& 146 or take CPT

155 – 164

MATH 097 / ‘Clipper Math’

150 – 154

MATH 092

149 or below

Refer to Transitions or take CPT

No prior college and out of high school more than 3 years

Completed math and/or English courses at another college

Placement Options

Guided Self Placement

Guided Self Placement (GSP) is a questionnaire that helps you identify your correct English or math class placement. The questionnaire will guide you through a series of questions and activities where you will reflect on your prior experience with reading, writing and/or math. The GSP will help you make an informed decision about your placement and which courses you will be successful and challenged.

At this time, the GSP for math places up to math 097, you may want to take the Accuplacer for math if you want to place at college level. GPS does not place high enough to qualify Running Start students to take math courses at SPSCC. Please see the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) option for math. We recommend that you do the GSP for math and English and then take the ACCUPLACER for just math if you need to place into higher math courses. Taking the math GSP may help you skip a portion of the math ACCUPLACER assessment.

The GSP can be completed online from anywhere, through a link located in your mySPSCC portal.

Before taking the GSP, you must have your SPSCC email set up, which takes approximately 48 hours after applying to SPSCC.

Placement will be displayed immediately after finishing the questionnaire, and will be available online for class registration by the end of the next business day.

College Placement Test / ACCUPLACER

See College Placement Test / ACCUPLACER.

GED recipients (earned within the last two years)

If you took the GED Reasoning through Language Arts test and/or the GED math test in the last two years, we can place you off of your scores. Send a copy of your GED score report to our office at: assessment@spscc.edu

Your scores will be evaluated and you will receive an email stating your placement within two business days.

English – Reasoning through Language Arts


GED Test Score

SPSCC Course Placement

165 – 200

ENGL& 101

160 – 164

ENGL 098

155 – 159

ENGL 095

150 – 154

ENGL 090

149 or below

Refer to Transitions or take CPT


Math


GED Test Score

SPSCC Course Placement

165 – 200

MATH& 107 or MATH& 146 or take CPT

155 – 164

MATH 097 / ‘Clipper Math’

150 – 154

MATH 092

149 or below

Refer to Transitions or take CPT

High School Transcript

Prospective Running Start and recent high school graduates have the ability to use their high school transcript (official or unofficial) to determine placement. Placement is for SPSCC math and/or English courses with the following guidelines:

Math Placement:

  • Only transcripts from Washington state public high schools can be considered for math placement.
  • All high school math courses used for placement must have been taken within the last academic year.
  • Math classes must have been completed with a full year of a B (3.0) average or better in the class.
  • Math placement is typically good for one year after the completion of course or assessment.

English Placement:

  • English placement is verified from high school transcript if “ELA was met” which is determined from the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC).
  • 12th grade English with a B or better grade for an entire year, places you into English 101.
  • AP Lit/Comp with a B or better for the entire year, places you into English 101.
  • IB Lit/Comp with a B or better for the entire year, places you into English 101.
  • English placement is typically good for three years after the completion of course or assessment.

Transcripts will be reviewed by our Assessment Office and placement will be determined. Please email official or unofficial transcripts to: assessment@spscc.edu and allow 5 business days for processing. Make sure to include your SPSCC student ID number and your high school graduation year. You will receive an email once placement is determined.

Smarter Balance Assessment Scores

Prospective Running Start students and recent high school graduates of Washington State school districts may use their Smarter Balance scores in English and math to determine initial placement into SPSCC math and English courses.

Please email a copy of your score report to the Assessment Center for review: assessment@spscc.edu. Allow 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email with your placement eligibility once determined.

  • The report must include your name, scores, SPSCC student ID number, the month and year the exam was taken and the year of your high school graduation.
  • SB math scores are valid for one academic year after the test was taken.
  • SB English scores are valid for placement for three years after high school graduation.

Smarter Balance Score Placement Options:

Score Level English Placement Math Placement
4 ENGL&101 MATH 099 or MATH 140
3 ENGL&101 MATH&107, MATH&146 or PHIL&120
2 ENGL&101 contingent on earning a B or better final grade in statewide English Bridge to College course MATH 097, MATH&107, MATH&146 or PHIL&120 contingent on also earning B or better final grade in statewide math Bridge to College course
1 Use another placement method Use another placement method
SAT & ACT Scores
  • SAT scores of 470 or higher in Reading/Writing, will place students into English 101 for three years from the date of the exam.
  • ACT scores of 19 or higher in Reading/Writing (on each test) will place into English 101 for three years from the date of the exam.
  • Currently there is no math placement option off of SAT/ACT scores.
AP & IB Scores

Placement can be determined into math and English courses from AP/IB scores; see chart below. Please email documents to: assessment@spscc.edu Allow 5 business days for your documents to be evaluated. You will receive an email when placement is determined. Please include SPSCC student ID number with documents.

AP & IB Score Placement Options:

Score Level Subject English Placement Math Placement
5+ IB Language A English&101  
4 or 5 AP Eng or Language Comp English&102  
3 AP Eng or Language Comp English&101  
5 Calculus AB or BC   Math&153
3 or 4 Calculus AB or BC   Math&152
3+ Statistics   Math 097

Credit can also be given, if a student received a score of a 3 or higher, toward your degree at SPSCC. Use the Transfer of Credit Application for directions and information.

College Transcripts

If you have credits from another college, you may have the ability to use your unofficial transcripts for placement if you have taken Math &/or English courses.

Submit your transcripts to: assessment@spscc.edu Allow five business days for your placement to be completed. You will receive an email immediately upon review of your documents. To apply credits from another college towards a degree at SPSCC:
Transfer of Credit Application.

Placement Reciprocity

If you completed a placement test at another Washington state Community or Technical College within the last calendar year, you may request placement based on Reciprocity. Please submit your official placement score sheet and student ID number to: assessment@spscc.edu. Allow 5 business days for processing. You will receive an email when placement is completed.