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Placement Testing

In accordance with Colorado State Board Policy, if you are entering college for the first time, you are required to take an assessment or placement test. This test will help determine what college courses you will take based on your skill levels in English, reading and math.

Could you be exempt from placement testing?

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree.
  • Have earned a transfer-oriented associate degree (i.e. AA or AS; excludes AGS and AAS).
  • The student has successfully completed (earned a grade of C or higher) in a college-level mathematics or a college-level writing course. College-level courses are defined as those courses that apply to the graduation requirements of an academic degree.
  • The student has successfully completed (earned a grade of C or higher) necessary basic skills course(s), if required, in mathematics, writing and reading.
  • High school performance could indicate college readiness:
    • Math:
      • 3.0 un-weighted high school GPA and has passed high school algebra II or Geometry with a B or better (in the last 18 months), student can enroll in career/technical math, liberal arts math, or statistics.
      • 3.0 un-weighted high school GPA and has passed pre-calculus with a B or better (in the last 18 months), student can enroll in College Algebra.
    • English/Reading:
      • 3.0 un-weighted high school GPA and has passed 11th grade English with a B or better (in the last 2 years), student can enroll in college English.
  • Colorado accepts the following assessment instruments for determining if the student is college-ready in mathematics, writing and reading:
Skill Area  ACT Subscore  SAT Subscore
after March 2016
Accuplacer  GED 
Mathematics 19 - CTE Math Courses
19 - Statistics
23 - College Algebra 
Math - 530
Math - 530
Math - 590
Elementary Algebra - 85 Math -  165
Writing English 18 Reading & Writing - 470 Sentence Skills - 95 Language Arts - 165
Reading Reading 17 Reading & Writing - 470 Reading Comprehension - 80