Academic Placement

Please Note: The placement test for Calculus 1 may only be taken once.

What Have You Done So Far?

We want you to be successful in your courses at FRCC. That includes taking the appropriate level of classes in your first semester.

The first step is for you to complete the Pre-Registration form to help determine if you need to take an academic assessment before registering for classes. Submit this form before signing up for New Student Orientation and be prepared to upload documentation such as transcripts and test scores (e.g. ACT or SAT).

Do You Need to Take the Assessment?

To help ensure your academic success, all new students will be reviewed to be placed into the proper classes. There are several ways to do this. You may not need to take an academic assessment if you have:

  • Completed 11th or 12th grade English or math with at least a B grade in the past two years, and have an unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Taken IB or AP exams in math or English (Download the list of IB and AP courses accepted at FRCC)
  • Adequate ACT or SAT scores (see scores below)
  • High School Exam (GED/HiSET/TASC) scores from the last five years (see scores below)
  • Earned a C or better in math or English from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An associate degree or bachelor degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

If none of these apply to you, our free assessment will help determine which classes you can take in your first semester. Complete the Pre-Registration form to help determine if you need to take the assessment.

ACT or SAT Scores

If you have the following ACT or SAT scores from the last five years you may not need to take the academic assessment. Unofficial test score documentation is accepted.

High School Exam Scores

If you have GED, HiSET, or TASC scores from the last five years, you may not need to take the academic assessment.. Unofficial score documentation is acceptable.

  • GED scores from January 2014 to present:165 in English or 175 in Social Studies or Science to waive English testing; 165 in Math waives math testing
  • HiSET: 15 in Language Arts Reading or Writing to waive English testing; 15 in Math waives math testing
  • TASC: 580 in Language Arts Reading or 560 in Language Arts Writing, and 6 in Language Arts Essay to waive English testing

What’s on the Assessment?

The FRCC academic assessment includes a math section and/or a sentence skills and essay section. For certain degree or certification programs, students may also need to take an optional biology and/or chemistry assessment. (Find out your program’s requirements.)

Getting Ready

Check out these free study guides and resources to help you prepare for your assessment.

Where to Take the Assessment

The assessment is offered at all FRCC campus testing centers.

Not in Colorado or prefer to take this exam through Zoom?

If you are currently living outside of Colorado and you would like take your assessment at a testing center in your local area or remotely through Zoom, use this form.

Important Test-Day Notes

  • The math and sentence skills assessments can be taken together or separately.
  • The assessment is not timed, but usually takes one to two hours to complete. 
  • Plan ahead. Come to the testing center at least two hours before it closes. We will not start assessments  the last hour we are open. See testing center locations and hours of operation (be sure to choose the campus where you'll be taking the test). 
  • Bring your student ID number and a government-issued photo ID.
  • The assessment is free to take the first time. Students can re-test once per semester at a cost of $5 per section. Students can test a total of four times in a five year period.

Disability Accommodations

If you have a documented disability, please contact us ahead of time for reduced distractions or other reasonable accommodations. To learn more about accommodations, visit disability services.

Testing Payments

Click below to pay for your exam.