Course Placement Methods

adopted: Aug-2010
last revised: Mar-2019

Placement in courses with prerequisites may be done using a variety of measures:

  • Sufficient ACT or SAT scores as established by appropriate College personnel. The student must submit proper documentation to the Records Office. The ACT or SAT scores must be no more than three years old

  • A high school cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher for placement in English or courses with a prerequisite of eligibility for ENGL 101.

  • A high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher with successful completion of a 4th year of mathematics for placement in identified mathematics courses.

  • An appropriate high school transition course in mathematics with a grade of C or higher.

  • A GED score in mathematics and English of 165 or compatible score on other high school equivalency tests.

  • Successful completion of English and/or mathematics course(s) at an accredited college or university, as recognized by the Higher Education Directory. The level of the course(s) successfully completed determines the level of course(s) for which a student may be eligible.

  • Completion of an appropriate developmental course in mathematics, English, and/or reading at another accredited college or university.

  • Results of mathematics, Reading, or Sentence Skills placement tests administered at Richland. Placement exams, cut-off scores, and other criteria have been established by the respective programs’ faculty to ensure proper course placement. Scores are valid for the length of time determined administratively.

  • Results of a placement exam identical to Richland Community College's exam taken at another college or university within the determined time and presented as officially validated scores for evaluation prior to registration.