Placement Testing Information
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 developmental education courses. Developmental education courses help students prepare for college-level course work but do not count towards degree completion. Because of this, we strongly recommend working through the 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 Accuplacer Preparation page.
An 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).
Please note: A photo ID is required for testing.
Students exempt from placement testing include students who:
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 eight points of the next “level” or college level) may be offered a confirmation test at no cost.