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Richmond Community College Testing Services

Richmond Community College uses multiple measures including placement tests to measure the academic preparedness of incoming students. The placement tests are computerized testing systems. RichmondCC uses scores from the placement tests to determine the beginning math and English courses in which students will be the most successful. You can take this assessment on the Hamlet Campus or at the Scotland County Campus. This assessment is a requirement prior to registering for classes unless you meet the following criteria: 

  • Applicants who have taken the SAT prior to March 2016 should earn a score of 500 on the SAT Critical Reading or English section to be exempt from the writing, reading and revised editing portions of the test. Applicants who have taken the SAT after March 2016 should have a score of 480 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing to be exempt from the writing, reading and revised editing portion of the placement test. (SAT scores expire after 5 years) 
  • Applicants who have taken the SAT prior to March 2016 should earn a 500 on the SAT Math to be exempt from the math portion of the placement test. Applicants who have taken the SAT after March 2016 should have a score or 530 or higher to be exempt from the math portion of the placement test. (SAT scores expire after 5 years) 
  • Applicants who earn an ACT score of 22 on Reading or 18 on English will be exempt from the reading and sentence skills portions of the test. 
  • Applicants who earn an ACT score of 22 on Math will be exempt from the math portion of the placement test. 
  • Applicants who have received an associate or higher degree are exempt from testing with an official transcript from a regionally-accredited institution.  
  • Additional information concerning exemptions is located under Placement Testing Policies in the Richmond Community College Student Handbook

NOTE: Students who graduated in 2013 or after are strongly advised to request an official high school transcript and meet with one of our advisors BEFORE signing up to take the college placement test. This will help ensure that students will take the correct placement test based on their high school GPA 

When Can I Schedule My Placement Test?

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an application (preferably online) to the college before taking the placement test. Applicants may also complete an application on the day of testing.

How Do I Register to Take the Placement Test?

To register to take a placement test at RichmondCC, call for an appointment at (910) 410-1730 (Hamlet Campus) or (910) 410-1831 (Scotland County Campus). 

What If I Can’t Take the Test on Campus?

If you do not live in the area and are not able to come to our Hamlet or Scotland County Campus to take the placement test, we offer remote testing. If you need to take the placement test remotely, contact an advisor or counselor to schedule a remote test.

How Can I Prepare for the Placement Test?

You can prepare for our college placement test by reviewing the sample questions on Sample Practice Tests.

Can I Retake the Placement Test?

YES! Placement test scores are valid for 10 years, and applicants may retake all or part of the placement test once in a 12-month period. Additional information concerning retesting is located under Placement Testing Policies in the Richmond Community College Student Handbook.

How Much Does the Test Cost?

The initial placement test is FREE. Retest fees are $2 per section and are subject to change. Payment can be made in Student Services on the day of the test.

What Do I Need to Bring on Test Day?

Students must present a valid photo I.D. Acceptable identification is a document with both a photo and a name, such as a government issued identification card, passport, military or school I.D. Calculators, dictionaries, earphones, cell phones and other aids are not allowed. The placement test will take approximately three hours to complete.

Can I Transfer My Test Scores to Another College?

RichmondCC accepts placement test scores from other schools if the testing has occurred within the last 10 years. Score reports may be sent to the attention of the Office of Admissions. Students who have taken the placement test at RichmondCC may request their scores be sent to another college. Students may come by Student Services and complete a request form or call and speak with a counselor. The counselor will verify the information, complete the form, and mail or fax it to the appropriate college. If you have questions about testing accommodations, call our Disability Services Counselor at (910) 410-1730. 


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