Placement Tests

Fort Scott Community College is committed to providing a positive educational environment for all students.

ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. ACCUPLACER’s computer-adaptive design personalizes the test for each student. Each test question determines the difficulty level of the next. Final scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of the questions answered correctly.  All students seeking an associate of science or associate of arts degree must complete one of the following:

  • Score of 21 or higher on the English and math portions of the ACT
  • Take the ACCUPLACER test prior to enrolling in English or math classes
  • Have an official ACT score for placement

To ensure that all students have the greatest possible chance of success in college, some students (due to scores on ACT or ACCUPLACER test) may be required to complete developmental education courses before enrolling in regular college courses in English, math, and reading.

Testing locations

The ACCUPLACER test can be taken at the FSCC main campus in Fort Scott, Miami County Campus in Paola, or the Pittsburg Education Center in Pittsburg. For information about other test sites, please contact Janet Fancher at 620-223-2700, ext. 3620. Testing is available during regular business hours. For large groups who wish to test, please contact FSCC Student Success Center for scheduling.


  • FSCC Student Success Center
    2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, KS
    620-223-2700, ext. 4300
  • FSCC Harley-Davidson Tech.
    274 N Industrial Dr. Frontenac, KS
  • FSCC Miami County Campus
    501 Hospital Drive, Paola, KS


Students may take the ACCUPLACER test twice for free. the third test is $5 per test or $12 for all three tests. Students may take the test up to three times per semester.

Test preparation

You prepare for the ACCUPLACER test by reviewing the practice material on the website.

Test length

The ACCUPLACER test is not timed, but it typically takes an hour or so, depending on the test-taker. No calculators are provided for the ACCUPLACER test. Some, but not all, of the math questions contain pop-up calculators for students to use in solving the problem.

Transferring scores

FSCC accepts scores from other colleges; tests include ACCUPLACER, Compass, ACT, SAT, and Asset. Compass scores from an exam taken at another institution can be transferred to FSCC (provided that they were taken within two years). Scores from another institution can be converted to FSCC placement levels. 

Remote testing

The ACCUPLACER test can be taken remotely at a local college or university, provided that the college has the capability for remote testing with ACCUPLACER and is an approved proctor. Remote testing requires scheduling with the FSCC Student Success Center. Some colleges/universities charge a fee for remote testing.

For more information

Please contact the Student Success Center at 620-223-2700 ext. 4300.

Placement Test Equivalency Guide (June 2013)


Pre-Algebra Num Skills Arithmetic      
0-21 0-30 0-63 - - Math Skills
22-50 31-44 64-119 - - Elementary Algebra
51-100 45-55 - - - Inter Algebra w/rev
Algebra Elem Alg Elem Alg      
0-19 0-30 0-40 - - Elementary Algebra
Algebra Int Alg Algebra      
20-30 31-38 31-64 - - Inter Algebra w/rev
31-49 39-44 65-97 - - Intermediate Algebra
50-100 45-55 98-119 21 or above 990 or above (Math & Reading) College Algebra



0-37 0-35 0-59 - - Reading & Writing I
38-60 36-43 60-85 - - Reading & Writing II
61-69 - - - - English 101 w/Review
70-100 44-54 86-120 21 or above 490 or above (Writing) English 101
0-50 0-39 0-65     Reading & Writing I
51-70 - - - - Reading & Writing Strategies II
71-80 - - - - English 101 w/Review
81-100 40-53 66-116 - - English 101

References: "ACT-SAT Concordance", ACT and College Board. "Advising Course Placement Chart", Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO.  "ASSET-COMPASS-ACCUPLACER-CELSA Placement Chart", Maricopa Community College, Mesa, AZ. "Correlation Between Various Placement Instruments...", Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Mount Gay, WV.