Placement Testing

Placement testing is required for first-time college students and some transfer students. Students without recent ACT or SAT scores take a series of placement exams in our Testing Center before enrolling in classes. Transfer students must send an official college transcript form from their previous institution in order to enroll in classes. Incoming students who were not previously enrolled and/or do not have college credit need to have ACT or Accuplacer scores for placement.

Placement Accuplacer Reading Accuplacer Writing ACT Average of English/Reading
cores (last 3 years)

Success First Program 
CCS 096/097

227 - 240 227-240 13-15.5
Conditional Admissions* 
to College Classes
241 - 254 241 - 254 16 - 17.5
College Classes
EN 111
255+ 255+ 18 or a
Placement accuplacer quantitative reasoning,
algebra & statistics test 
Pre-College Math 200 -246
Intermediate Algebra
MT 103
247 - 262 
College Algebra
MT 130
263 - 300

*Conditional Admission

Students who score in an identified range on either the Accuplacer or ACT test are considered “conditionally admitted” to college-level courses at Donnelly College. Conditionally admitted students participate in a program shown by research to increase retention and provide a stronger foundation for future academic work. Students in the Conditional Admission Program have the following requirements: 

• Attend CCS 103 - Support for Academic Success course. 

• Meet with their assigned academic coach periodically throughout the semester. 

• Attend tutoring or supported study sessions at least weekly.


Placement Policies

Transfer Equivalencies

   IB - Intl Baccalaureate
   AP - Adv Placement 


Advanced Placement Test

Donnelly College uses the College Board Advanced Placement Tests to award graduation credit and/or advanced placement in courses. Donnelly College assigns credit rather than a grade. Advanced Placement scores are evaluated for transfer credits in the same manner as college transfer credits. The table below shows the Donnelly College equivalencies:

SUBJECT  SCORE EQUIVALENT  CREDITS

Biology

3 BL 101 and 101.1 5
Calculus AB  3 MT 231 5
Calculus BC 3 MT 232 5
Chemistry 3 CH 101 5
Computer Science A 3 IT 111 and IT 123 6
English Language 3 EN 111 3
  4-5 EN 111 and 112 6
English Literature 3 EN 220 3
  4-5 EN 220 and 221 6
Environmental Science 3 BL 141 3
US Government and Politics  3 PS 111 3
Human Geography 3 GE 101 3
Physics B     3 PX 110 5
Physics C   3 PX 111 5
Psychology 3 PY 101 3
Spanish Language  3 SP 101 5
  4-5 SP 101 and 102 10
Statistics   3 MT 121 3
US History   3 HS 120 and 121 6
World History 3 HS 101 and 102 6