Placement Testing

Admission Procedures

The following procedures must be followed for admission to a curriculum program and must be completed before official acceptance is granted:

What

Wilson Community College uses the COMPASS test, an untimed test that you take on the computer. Moodle is also utilized.

Content

When

COMPASS test are administered on this schedule:

**During the summer semester, our summer energy savings schedule is a four-day workweek, Monday-Thursday.

How

Schedule an Appointment:

Wilson Community College Placement Test Study Guides

Compass-ACT Study Guides


On-line Practice for Placement Tests

www.testpreview.com


Video Tutorials

http://www.mometrix.com/academy/compass-test/

www.khanacademy.org


Computer Placement Test


Biology Placement Test


The Day of Testing


 

Additional Information

Curriculum students will be placed in English, reading, computer, mathematics, and biology (as applicable) courses on the basis of results of the placement test scores or transferred credit. This enables the student to enroll in these subjects at a point that is aligned with the student's achievement level as indicated by the assessment results. Placement Test Scores and corresponding course placement schedules are available in Student Development (F-100). Certain course prerequisites may make it necessary for the student to enroll in developmental courses which are identified by a numerical "0" prefix (i.e., RED-080, ENG-090, DMA-010, etc.). Developmental courses may increase the cost and length of studies to complete a degree/diploma; therefore all applicants are encouraged to take placement testing seriously. Algebra placement test scores will only be considered for those students who place out of developmental math. Students who need a class from each of the three developmental areas can register for a maximum of 13 credit hours of instruction per semester. Registration should consist of one course from each developmental area and ACA-122.

Students who place into the Learning Center (below developmental level courses) must complete 50 hours of study in each designated subject area, then present a signed statement from the Learning Center staff before being allowed to retest and subsequently being accepted into a curriculum program.

Applicants desiring to retake any portion of the placement test (reading, writing, math, or algebra) must wait at least three (3) months unless one of the following conditions applies:

  1. An applicant who has been referred to the Learning Center for developmental work must present a statement signed by a member of the Learning Center staff certifying the completion of 50 hours of study in that particular subject area.
  1. When the testing environment/health of the tester was, in the view of Student Development staff, clearly a limiting factor in the applicant's performance.

An applicant may test in math, English, and reading only two (2) times within a twelve (12) month period, REGARDLESS of whether the test is taken at another test site or for purposes of attempting to qualify for admission to any curriculum program. Applicants may take the computer skills placement and/or biology placement test(s) only one (1) time at Wilson Community College.

The test results of applicants who do not follow these procedures will be invalid and will not be used to place admitted applicants into programs.

For more information contact:

Wendy Edwards
Admissions/Records Specialist
wedwards@wilsoncc.edu
(252) 246-1281

Linda Keen
Administrative Secretary II
lkeen@wilsoncc.edu
(252) 246-1276

April Lamm
Admissions/Records Assistant
alamm@wilsoncc.edu
(252) 246-1281

Maegan Williams
Admissions/Records Specialist
mwilliams@wilsoncc.edu
(252) 246-1285

 

Exemptions from Placement Testing

Multiple Measures

Students who enroll at Wilson Community College may be exempt from English, reading, and math placement testing if all of the following are true:

*Computer Placement and Biology Placement testing may still be required prior to enrolling is specific courses.

SAT/ACT Scores

Students who enroll at Wilson Community College may be exempt from English, reading, and/or math placement testing if the following SAT or ACT scores are met. The test scores are valid only when the applicant is admitted and enrolls into a curriculum program within five (5) years from the test date:

*Computer Placement and Biology Placement testing may still be required prior to enrolling is specific courses.

Previous Placement Testing

Accuplacer, Asset and Compass placement test scores from other recognized institutions may be accepted. Test score information must be received directly from the test site. Placement test scores are valid for five (5) years from the time of the assessment until the time of enrolling in the designated course, and are not used to exempt curriculum level courses.

Previous/Transfer Credit

Applicants who have earned college level credit from a regionally accredited institution for math and English courses may be exempted from corresponding sections of placement testing if the course(s) are transferrable and, in some cases, are no more than five (5) years old. Transferability and time limits are subject to review by the Registrar, the Associate Dean, and the instructor(s).