Please note: A photo ID is required for testing.
What is Placement Testing?
Belmont College offers the Accuplacer, which is an online, placement test required
for all degree- or certificate-seeking students who are new to college. The
Accuplacer includes the following “subtests”: writing, reading, arithmetic,
and elementary algebra. However, the elementary algebra subtest may or may
not be administered, depending upon the score achieved on the arithmetic subtest.
Test results from this untimed test are used to assess students’ current academic
skills. Test results, available immediately after testing, will not prohibit
students from enrolling at Belmont College; however, students who do not test “college
ready” must take transitional studies courses. Transitional studies
courses help students prepare for college-level course work but do not count towards
degree completion. Because of this, we strongly recommend working through
Placement Exam Study Guide prior to testing. Individuals who would like
to further review, in an effort to increase skill levels and possibly achieve higher
placement testing scores, should visit our
Learning Resources page.
Application for Admission to the college must be completed and submitted
prior to testing, and a student ID number will be assigned, which is required for
placement testing. Placement testing is scheduled by appointment only, and
photo identification is required. Scratch paper and pencil will be provided,
and hand-held calculators are prohibited. Students who wish to test at our
main campus should call the Charles W. Kocher Student Success Center. Students
who wish to test at our Harrison County Center or
Monroe County Center
should call these centers to schedule a test. Upon completion of the placement test,
students will be given a score report and may proceed with the admissions process
(speaking with an advisor and/or registering for an orientation).
Placement test exemptions
Students exempt from placement testing include students who:
- Possess associate or bachelor degrees from accredited institutions.
- Register for courses with no placement testing prerequisites and have not yet accumulated
18 or more hours of Belmont College credit.
- Transfer substitute credits from accredited institutions (except students who plan
to enter the nursing program; placement test scores are required for all nursing
- Are senior citizens (age 60 or above).
- Audit classes.
- Are in good standing as documented by an accredited institution.
- Provide sufficient ACT scores either on their official high school transcript or
an official ACT score report.
Students may retake one or more Accuplacer subtests.
- Students who feel they can achieve a higher score on one or more Accuplacer subtest
may elect to retake one or more subtest. The retest fee is $15.00, and a receipt
of payment is required before a retake can be administered.
- Students who earn scores in the “confirmation range” in one or more
subtest (within five points of the next “level” or college level) may
be offered a confirmation test at no cost.