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  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE:   Campus is Closed. All in-person activities and events are postponed. In-person and hybrid courses have been moved online. Online/distance classes continue as scheduled. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for any additional class information.

Step 2 - Determine Placement Options

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Placement Testing Equivalents

Students who meet the standards identified below may use the following measures for their primary placement in lieu of placement testing:

  • High School Transcript*: Student has completed at least two years of high school coursework within the last 10 years, verified by an unofficial high school transcript listing a 2.6 or higher, unweighted, cumulative GPA. HS transcripts that are more than 10 years old may be used for placement into English and Reading courses.  The 10-year limit still applies, however, for mathematics placement.
  • GED: Placement based on individual subject area scores of 165 or higher. Scores are valid for 5 years
  • ACT: Placement based on individual subject area scores of 18 or higher. Scores are valid for 5 years
  • SAT: (Effective for Spring 2020) Placement based on SAT Test Version. Old Version or New Version (2016 or later). Scores are valid for 5 years.
    Math Placement (Math SAT Score): Old Version = 470 or above. New Version = 510 or above.
    English/Reading Placement (Writing/Reading SAT Score): Old Version = 820 or above. New Version = 460 or above.

Additional Placement Options

Students may complete placement testing for additional placement options:

  • Submit your unofficial high school transcript, GED, ACT, or SAT scores online.
    • Note: For other purposes such as Financial Aid, etc. you may also need to have an official transcript sent by your high school to the SCC Admissions & Records Office
  • Mail or bring your GED or ACT scores to the Testing Center
  • Advisors will review your placement measures for placement in English, Reading and Math at your SOAR session (for new students) or in an advising session (for continuing students)

Placement Testing Requirements

COVID-19 exception – Effective April 17, 2020 MCCCD will be offering EdReady as an additional placement measure.

Students must complete Placement Testing if:

  • This non-proctored, online testing option can be accessed at (DO NOT use any other EdReady site).
  • Students will be required to create an EdReady account if they have not done so previously. Students will be asked for their MEID, if unsure of their MEID, students can contact the SCC Help Desk at 480-423-6274, option 3.
    • See the EdReady Student Guide (link available in the Download Information above) for additional information on how to access EdReady.
  • The placement testing subject areas are Math, English, College Reading, and Critical Reading and Critical Thinking. The Reading Placement test now contains two separate testing sections.
    • Math
    • English
    • College Reading
    • Critical Reading and Critical Thinking
    • Which Reading Assessment should you take?
      • New Students (requiring placement assessment) are strongly recommended to start with the College Reading Placement test. Students who score a 95 or higher on the College Reading Placement test will be advised to take the Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Placement test.
      • Current Students or Students with Alternative Placement wanting to place into CRE 101 or place Reading Exempt, may choose to take the Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Placement test.
  • Students will not receive an initial placement report after completing their placement test. However, based on the score received, students may determine their placement based on the updated placement chart. Students may access the placement chart (download placement chart PDF).
  • Student scores will be posted in their student accounts. Please allow up to 2 business days for scores to post.
  • EdReady is also a remediation tool. Students will be guided to study programs to help increase their score, as needed, in each area. Students can only increase their score with these study tools. The student’s most recent score will be recorded in the Student Information System (SIS).

We understand that this is a new learning experience, but please know that we are going through this together and we are here to help you in any way we can. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email at or by phone at 480-423-6433.