Placement Testing

Who Needs Placement?

At SCC, some programs require placement exams or skills assessment while others do not. To find out if your program requires placement testing, please call us at (509) 533-7074.

When to Complete Placement Testing

Before you can schedule your placement tests, you must apply for Admission to SCC. Follow this link to apply for admission.

Types of Placement Exams

  • English

    Please call us to learn about the ways you can satisfy English placement requirements.

  • Math

    To sign up for ALEKS PPL, you will first need to pay a $30 placement fee. Payment may be made in person at the Cashiers' Office in Building 15, or over the phone with a credit or debit card by calling (509) 533-7025. After paying your fee, please call us at (509) 533-7074 or email SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu. We will confirm your payment, then email you the information you need to get started in ALEKS PPL (You may also present a receipt for payment in person at the Testing Center, and we will provide a handout with ALEKS PPL instructions).

    If you are a recent high school graduate, have transferred from another college or have previously attended SCC or SFCC, you may be able to use your transcripts or Smarter Balanced test scores to determine your math placement. Follow this link for more information .

  • CASAS

    Students in I-Best programs take the CASAS exam at the beginning and end of their program. There are currently no minimum score requirements for program entry. The scores of everyone in your class are used to determine I-Best program effectiveness. CASAS testing is offered on a walk-in basis (first come, first served) or call (509) 533-7074 to reserve a seat. Please allow up to three hours to complete your test.

  • Program-Specific Exams

    Some programs require keyboarding or MRSR (Mechanical Reasoning / Spatial Relationship) exams. These exams are offered on a walk-in basis.

  • The Nursing Program Entry Assessment (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS)

    TEAS is offered by appointment. Please call (509) 533-7074 to schedule.

Not sure if you need placement tests? Call us at (509) 533-7074.

THE FAST TRACK THROUGH ENGLISH

  • You must take English 101 and pass with a 2.0 or better before attempting English 102
  • If your first English class begins with a ‘0’, such as 096 or 099, you must pass with a 2.0 or better before registering for English 101
If you have any of these: You may take:
Smarter Balanced score - 3 or 4
Bridge to College English – B or better
AP Literature Exam – 3 or better *
AP Language Exam – 3 or better *
Running Start GPA 3.0 (cumulative) or better or essay results
GPA 2.0 (Graduate cumulative grade) or better in the last 5 years
College Prep (Successful completion)
GED in the last 5 years
SAT score 470 or better in the last 5 years
ACT score 17 or better in the last 5 years
COMPASS score 76 or better in the past 3 years
English 101

*If you have a score of 3 or higher on either the AP Language or Literature Exam, you will need to have your official AP transcript sent to the SCC Transcripts office so that you may receive credit for English 101. Additionally, you are eligible to take English 102. You will need to provide proof of the AP score at the time of registration.

Math Placement

Math placement testing is NOT required for:

  • Recent High School Graduates (within 1 year) with any of the following:
    • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better*
    • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 2 (with a 3.0 or higher in a bridge course), Level 3 or Level 4*
  • Running Start students with any of the following:
    • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better*
    • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or Level 4*
  • Returning SCC or SFCC students (within 3 years) with the following:
    • Qualifying placement testing scores within the last three years
    • Completion of Math course work with a 2.0 or better at SCC or SFCC
  • Other college students (within 3 years) with the following:
    • Qualifying COMPASS or ASSET placement test scores from tests taken at another facility**
    • In some cases, completion of math at another college or university ***
    • Previous math placement at any Washington State Community or Technical College within one year of testing***

* High school transcripts and Smarter Balanced scores must be submitted to the SCC Testing Center. You may bring them in, fax, mail or email.

** Compass and Asset testing results from facilities other than SFCC and SCC must be sent by the testing institution to the Testing Center either via fax or mail.

*** If placement was based on completion of a course, an official transcript from other colleges and universities must be submitted to the SCC Transcript Office for evaluation. If placement was based on test scores, the student must provide the Testing Center with a copy of the document that provides the specific placement recommendation from the sending institution, along with a completed Placement Reciprocity Student Request Form.

Testing for Students with Authorized Accommodations

The Testing Center provides testing for students with authorized testing accommodations as determined by the SCC Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.

For Students

  1. Students must first establish authorized accommodations for testing through SCC Disability Support Services.
  2. DSS will direct students with authorized testing accommodations to the Testing Center website for scheduling procedures and information.
  3. Students wishing to schedule in the Testing Center must complete a proctoring request form for each test. Please do so by clicking on the Schedule My Test button below.
  4. Alternatively, students may visit the Testing Center to set up all of their testing dates in advance. Be sure to bring your syllabus for each class.
  5. The Testing Center will verify accommodations with the DSS office. Only authorized and current accommodations will be implemented.
  6. Once tests are scheduled it is the student's responsibility to notify their instructors of their testing location, date(s) and time(s). Students should work with their instructors to ensure exams/proctoring instructions are delivered to the Testing Center before scheduled testing date(s)/time(s).
  7. Students are responsible for checking with the Testing Center prior to the testing date to ensure exam has been delivered.

For faculty:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with their instructors regarding their testing location, date(s) and time(s).
  2. When a student with testing accommodations has scheduled at the Testing Center, please use the button below to submit the appropriate test and proctoring information. Do not submit the test to the DSS Office.
  3. This button is only to be used to submit tests for students using testing accommodations. Do not use this button to submit any other tests to the Testing Center.

Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085.

Certification Testing

SCC's Testing Center offers proctoring for hundreds of certification tests ranging from postal service exams to FAA pilot exams. We currently support these testing service providers:

Scheduling: You must schedule and pay for your certification test through the appropriate testing service.

Location: We are located in Building 16, Room 127, across the hall from the library. Click here for a campus map.

Parking:Visitors' parking is only available for 30 minutes. Limited metered parking is available near Building 16. Day-long parking passes are $3.00 and may be purchased in Building 15 at the cashier's office, at the Testing Center, or at two kiosks. One kiosk is located on the west side of the tennis courts near the Lair, Building 6. The second kiosk is located in the P-11 parking lot, south of the Max Snyder Building (Building 50). For more information, visit our parking page.

Please bring a valid picture ID to your test. You may be required to bring other documents to your test. Consult the appropriate testing service provider for complete information.

Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085.

Testing for SCC Online Students

Some instructors of online courses at SCC require that students test in a supervised (proctored) setting. Your instructor will select the day(s) for your class to test. On the day(s) specified by your instructor, you may test any time during our normally scheduled hours to complete your test. You do not need an appointment.

Please note:

  • You must bring a picture ID to check in for your test.
  • Your instructor will tell us what you are allowed to bring into the testing area. All other items must be placed in a locker we provide.
  • No food or drink are allowed in the testing area.
  • All tests must be completed 15 minutes before our closing time. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your test.

For faculty:
  • Proctoring request must be submitted one week prior to the exam date.
  • Instructors must deliver the appropriate number of copies of their exam to the Testing Center.

Proctored Testing

SCC offers supervised (proctored) testing for those pursuing online degrees from other colleges and universities.

Exam Types: SCC will only administer written or web-based exams. We are unable to administer computerized exams that require the downloading of software.

Fees: There is a $25.00 fee for each exam proctored. (This fee does not apply to CCS exams or WAOL exams as long as the course is offered through SCC or SFCC.) Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.

Scheduling:

  • To schedule, complete our online proctor request form by clicking the button below. Most students also like to call or visit us to schedule all of their tests for the academic term.
  • Please submit your request at least two days in advance to ensure you receive a confirmation email before you arrive for the exam.
  • Exams are returned to the college or university by our staff. Please plan to take your exam in plenty of time before your program's due date.
  • Testers must arrange to have the exam sent to our location from the college or university offering the exam.
  • Testers must provide a contact (instructor or distance learning office) telephone number in case of problems at the time of the exam.
  • Provide the following information to your instructor:
    • If emailing exam/info, please send to: SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu - Subject: Attention: Teresa Sheehan

      Teresa Sheehan
      Testing Program Coordinator
      Spokane Community College Testing Center
      Telephone: (509) 533-8085
      Fax: (509) 533-8060

      Spokane Community College
      1810 N. Greene St., MS 2160
      Spokane, WA 99217

    • All tests must be completed 15 minutes before our closing hours. Be sure you allow enough time to complete your test.

Location: Our campus is located on the corner of Greene Street and Mission Avenue in Spokane. The Testing Center is located in Building 16, Room 127, across the hall from the library. Follow this link for a campus map.

Parking: Visitors' parking is only available for 30 minutes. Limited metered parking is available near Building 16. Day-long parking passes are $3.00 and may be purchased in Building 15 at the cashier's office, at the Testing Center, or at two kiosks. One kiosk is located on the west side of the tennis courts near the Lair, Building 6. The second kiosk is located in the P-11 parking lot, south of the Max Snyder Building (Building 50). For more information, visit our parking page.

On the day of your exam:

  • Valid photo ID is required before taking each exam.
  • Personal items, including cell phones and water bottles, are not allowed at the testing stations. We will provide storage for these items.

Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085 or email SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu

Testing Center Hours *

All tests must be completed 15 minutes prior to our closing time. Please be sure to allow enough time to complete your test. Testing Center staff may require you to reschedule if you arrive after your appointment time or too close to closing. If you are not sure how long to allow for your test, call the Testing Center at (509) 533-7059.

Monday & Wednesday:
Tuesday & Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday & Sunday:
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
7:30 AM to 7:00 PM
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Closed
*Hours may change during breaks, holidays, and summer quarter.