Placement Test Waivers

The placement test can be partially or entirely waived in the following situations:

  • If you are a Transient student, you are not required to placement test.
  • If you are a Non-Degree student, you may choose to placement test or register without placement testing.

You may also be able to waive placement testing according to each of the situations listed below.

Prior College Credit

If you have earned a C or higher in a college-level English course at another college or university, you will not be required to take the Reading or Writing placement tests. A college transcript is required before the placement test can be waived.

Please note: you may still need to take COM 121. More information will be provided in your transfer evaluation once we receive your official transcript.

If you have earned a C or higher in a college-level Math course at another college or university, you will not be required to take the Math placement test. A college transcript is required before the placement test can be waived.

Please note: you may still need to take another Math course. More information will be provided in your transfer evaluation once we receive your official transcript.

Pennsylvania High School Standardized Test Scores

Your scores on a PA standardized assessment may be sufficient to exempt you from placement tests in Writing and/or Reading. The score report or high school transcript showing the score is required before the test can be waived.

AP Exam Scores

If you have earned a 3 or higher on the AP English exam, you may not be required to take the Reading or Writing placement tests. A College Board AP Score Report or high school transcript displaying the AP exam score is required before the placement test can be waived. Please note: An AP English exam score of 4 or higher is required to earn credit for English Composition (COM 121). If you scored a 3, you will be placed into English Composition (COM 121).

If you have earned a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus or AP Statistics exam, you may not be required to take the Math placement test. A College Board AP Score Report or high school transcript displaying the AP exam score is required before the placement test can be waived.

SAT Scores

If you score a 10 or higher on the SAT Essay, you will not be required to take the Reading or Writing placement tests. A College Board SAT Score Report or high school transcript displaying the SAT score is required before the placement test can be waived.

If you scored a 520 or higher on the Critical Reading and/or Writing section(s) of the SAT in the last five years, you may choose to take the placement test or use your SAT score(s) to determine the level at which you will begin English courses at RACC. A College Board SAT Score Report or high school transcript displaying the SAT score is required before the placement test can be waived.

If you have taken the SAT Math within the last three years, you may choose to take the placement test for Math or to use your SAT Math score to determine the level at which you will begin Math at RACC. A College Board SAT Score Report or high school transcript displaying the SAT score is required before the placement test can be waived.

ACT Scores

If you have taken the ACT Math exam within the last three years, you may choose to take the placement test for Math or to use your ACT Math score to determine the level at which you will begin Math at RACC. An ACT Score Report or high school transcript displaying the ACT score is required before the placement test can be waived.

Prior Placement Test Scores

If you have taken the placement test at RACC within the last 2 years but have not enrolled at RACC since you tested, you will not be required to retest. Instead, you will register for classes based on your prior test scores.

Prior RACC Enrollment

If you have previous RACC credits and are returning to RACC after some time away, you will not take the placement test for any subject (Reading, Writing or Math) if you completed the courses you placed into during your prior enrollment. Examples:

  • If you placed into Basics of College Mathematics (MAT 020) and you completed Basics of College Mathematics (MAT 020) when you were last enrolled at RACC, you will not retest in Math; you will register for Algebra 1 (MAT 030) or Algebra 1 with Quadratics (MAT 035) when you return to RACC.

  • If you placed into Basic Writing 1 (COM 041) but did not complete Basic Writing 1 (COM 041) when you were last enrolled, you will be placed into Basic Writing 1 (COM 041) or you will be required to retest in Writing if it has been over two years since you have taken the placement test.