Academic Placement

Let Us Know What You've Done

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 Student Placement 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 I 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. See IB exams and AP exams FRCC accepts.
  • 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 Student Placements 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.

  • ACT: 18 or higher in English, and 19 or higher in math. See what classes you can take based on your ACT scores.
  • SAT: 470 or higher verbal and a 500 or higher math score. If you took the SAT before March 1, 2016, you will need 430 or higher for Evidence-based Reading and 460 or higher in math.

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 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?

If you are currently living outside of Colorado, and you would like take your assessment at a testing center in your local area, 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.

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