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Course Placement

Rio Salado's Testing Centers are closed for entrance exams until further notice. Rio Salado has developed a temporary process to help students meet course placement requirements. Please review the temporary COVID-19 exceptions on the MCCCD Course Chart for options.

If GPA, ACT, SAT, GED, or Accuplacer scores are unavailable to you, and you would like to place in English, Reading, or MAT140, 141 or 142, click here: EdReady Placement Option. Please follow the EdReady Instructions.

More Placement Options:

  • Accuplacer Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF): Click here to submit a request for your exam.
  • CELSA exam: Click here to submit a request for your exam.

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Course Placement

Rio Salado College offers five placement options for English, math and reading courses using your:

  • Unweighted grade point average (GPA) on your high school transcript
  • ACTGED or SAT score
  • Course placement testing score

Submitting College Transcripts for Evaluation

You can submit college transcripts from prior college courses in English, math or reading. Learn about the Prerequisite Approval Process

Placement Guidelines: High School Transcripts, ACT and GED Scores

The following chart displays specific placement guidelines using high school transcripts, ACT and GED scores:

High School GPA
At least 2 years of
HS No more than
10 years out of HS
Valid for 5 years
Placement based on individual
subject area test scores
Taken on or after 2014
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

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.

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

Placement Methods

Placement with GPA on a High School Transcript

If you attended high school within the past 10 years and you have completed at least two years of high school:

  • Submit your official high school transcripts for evaluation
    • Complete the HS GPA Submission form.
    • Submit the high school transcript form by mail or in-person at Rio Salado' Admissions, Records and Registration office. 

Placement with ACT, SAT or GED Score

  • ACT and SAT:
    • Placement based on individual subject area test scores
    • Scores are valid for five years
      • Request your ACT Scores be sent to Rio Salado College (College Code 0103)
      • Request your SAT scores
  • GED:
    • GED taken in or after 2014
    • Scores are valid for placement for five years

Placement with a Placement Test

ACCUPLACER is a placement test used at colleges and universities to identify a student’s skill level in English, reading and math.

The CELSA (Combined English language Skills Assessment) is a computerized test used for course placement into the English as a Second Language program for both English and Reading.

Retaking a Test

Students are permitted one retest in English, reading or math after a 24-hour waiting period. An additional retest is permitted no sooner than three months from the oldest valid score date. For more information, contact the Tempe Testing Center by calling  480-517-8560 or call toll-free 866-517-8560 or email

Submitting Transcripts

You can submit transcripts to Rio Salado College online, by mail and in-person.


High School GPA, ACT, SAT, GED Submission Form

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

By Mail and In-Person

Admissions, Records and Registration Office
Rio Salado College
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281