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Course Placement

Rio Salado offers five placement options for English, Math, and Reading courses:

  • Placement using the unweighted GPA on your high school transcript
  • Placement with an ACT score
  • Placement with a GED score
  • Placement with SAT score
  • Placement Testing

The following criteria can be used to better understand placement through high school transcripts, ACT, GED and SAT scores:

High School GPA

At least 2 years of
HS No more than
10 years out of HS
ACT

Valid for 5 years
Placement based on individual
subject area test scores
GED

Taken on or after 2014
SAT

Valid for 5 years.
Placement based on individual
subject area scores
English Math Reading
3.0 or above* 22 or above 175-200 New Sat (2016)
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480-800
Math: 530-800

Old Sat (Before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: 860-1590
Math: 500-800
ENG 101 MAT15X or 187 CRE101
2.6 – 2.99 18-21 165-174 New Sat (2016)
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 460-470
Math: 510-520

Old Sat (Before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: 820-840
Math: 470-490
ENG 101 MAT14X or 12X RDG100
Below 2.6 Below 18 Below 165 New Sat (2016)
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: Below 460
Math: Below 510

Old Sat (Before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: Below 820
Math: Below 470
Take
Writeplacer
Take
ACCUPLACER
Take
ACCUPLACER
Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the ACCUPLACER as a secondary measure. *Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Eligibility: Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools, homeschool),
with a final, unweighted, GPA of 3.25 or higher.

PLACEMENT WITH ACT SCORE

  • Placement based on individual subject area test scores.
  • Scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Request your ACT Scores be sent to Rio Salado College, College Code 0103.

PLACEMENT WITH GED SCORE

  • GED taken on or after 2014
  • Scores are valid for placement for 5 years
  • Request your GED scores

PLACEMENT WITH SAT SCORE

  • Placement based on individual subject area test scores.
  • Sores are valid for 5 years.
  • Request your SAT scores

SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPT

Online

  • Log in and complete the form online
  • Have a digital copy of your unofficial high school transcript, ACT, SAT or GED scores.
High School GPA, ACT, SAT, GED Submission Form

By Mail

   Rio Salado College
   Admissions, Records and Registration
   2323 West 14th Street
    Tempe, AZ 85281


In-Person

   2323 West 14th Street
   The Tower Building
   Tempe, AZ 85281

Placement Test

The Accuplacer is a placement test used at colleges and universities to identify a student’s skill level in English, Reading and Math. It is an untimed, computer-based, adaptive placement test.

You will need to take a placement test before registering for classes if:

  • You are currently a high school freshman/sophomore
  • Your high school GPA is below 2.6 and you do not have an eligible ACT, SAT or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • You obtained a GED before 2014 or earned a score below 165.
  • You wish to place into a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

Prepare for your Test

Take your Test

You can take your test at any of the nine Rio Salado Testing Centers located throughout Maricopa County.

Testing Locations

Students living outside Maricopa County may request to have their exams proctored at an approved proctor site.

Proctor Process

Test Scores

After testing, you will receive a printout with your test scores. Your test scores are also available in your Student Center at My.maricopa.edu and in RioCompass.

What do my scores mean?

MCCCD Placement Chart

Retaking a Test

Students are permitted one re-test in English, reading or math after a 24-hour waiting period. An additional re-test is permitted no sooner than three months from the oldest valid score date.

For more information, contact the Tempe Testing Center at 480-517-8560 or 866-517-8560, or by e-mail at Testing.RioLearn@riosalado.edu

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