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Steps for Getting Into the Dual Enrollment Program

4. Testing

Standardized Test SheetBefore enrolling in a dual enrollment class, students must take a placement test or meet the prerequisites of the course they are planning to take. A placement test determines how much you know, and identifies which class would best serve your educational needs.

To enroll in English 101 and most math classes, students must take a placement exam. Placement exams include the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, and COMPASS tests. Students must receive a qualifying score to pass.

To enroll in other classes, students must have one of the following:

  • Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) composite score of 93 or more.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) composite score of 930 or more.
  • American College Test (ACT) composite score of 22 or more.
  • Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards Test (AIMS) score of Meets or Exceeds on the Reading portion of the test.
  • Completed Reading placement skills test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET or COMPASS) for courses other than ENG101 or math.

Check with your high school for more information on placement exams. 


ACCUPLACER tests are scheduled by your high school but can be taken at any Rio Salado College testing location.

  1. ACCUPLACER is free for dual enrollment students.
  2. Test scores are available immediately after the test completion.
  3. Students are permitted one retest (after a 24-hour waiting period) in each subject area per year.
  4. Practice questions can be found on Rio's Testing website.

Additional Testing Information

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