Notice: We will be closed on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 for Staff Development Day.
|What is the Assessment Testing Center?
PLEASE NOTE: As of August 2012, we no longer administer the THEA-IBT.
The primary placement test is the ACCUPLACER.
****To view the Accuplacer Testing Schedule, please click the Accuplacer Information Link on the left.
|The San Antonio College Assessment/Testing Center provides testing services for academic course placement to all prospective / new students; any additional testing services that might be needed for continuing, transfer students and other community testing needs.
Our testing services must meet the mandates of a State Legislative program called “the Texas Success Initiatives” (TSI) whose objective is to improve student’s success in college.
San Antonio College has an open door admissions policy, The primary purpose of testing for course placement is to determine if the student’s academic preparedness is or is not at the college level as they relate to the three assessment areas of English, Reading and Math. Developmental classes (non–college credit) are available in the three assessment areas for those students who require remediation.
All students who plan to enroll at SAC will need to complete a free online admissions application called ApplyTexas and their website is www.applytexas.org. Once the student information is downloaded into our system from ApplyTexas, then the student will be issued an I.D. number called a Banner number. Students must have a Banner number prior to taking the Accuplacer tests.
Regular Office Hours -
(Testing Hours are different, please see link )
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday –8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Tuesday 8:00am. to 7:00pm.
Friday –8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday- Only 1st, Saturday of each Month. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
( NO Testing )
Sunday - Closed
|What type of academic placement test do I need to take?
1. Accuplacer: The following students may take the Accuplacer:
A. Students who enrolled for the first time at San Antonio College.
B. Students participating in College Connections.
C. Currently enrolled students who previously tested on Accuplacer and are seeking to re-test.
D. Students who require accommodations must contact the SAC-Disability Support Services office at 210-486-0020 and their website is www.alamo.edu/sac/dss. Students enrolling at a different Alamo College will need to contact their respective office of Disability Support Services.
E. English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
F. Transfer students who are not TSI compliant.
3. Exemptions: The following are TSI approved tests and their corresponding test scores that will exempts students
from taking a placement test.
A. SAT - 500 Critical Reading (CR) and 500 Math with combined score (Critical Reading + Math) of 1070;
B. ACT – 19 English and 19 Mathematics with composite of 23. Score of 24 in Mathematics is needed for college level math;
C. TAKS – 2200 ELA with essay of 3 and 2200 Mathematics, Score of 2300 in Mathematics is needed for placement into College Level Math.
All students must have their tests scores entered in our system. For those taking the SAT or ACT, they must request that an official SAT / ACT score report be mailed to the SAC Assessment Center or have their SAT or ACT test scores posted in their official high school transcript when it is submitted to the SAC Admissions and Records Office. For those students that meet the exemption test threshold scores in all three areas of the TAKS will need to have their TAKS scores posted in their official high school transcript and submitted to the SAC Admissions and Records office. All students who do not meet the thresholds scores on any one of these tests will need to take the ACCUPLACER.
4. The importance of testing for placement and how it benefits our students.
The objective is to help our students be successful in their academic pursuits. Assessing the student’s academic preparedness through testing prior to enrollment has a very important role in helping the students identify their strengths / weaknesses. It is critically important that students take classes in which they are prepared for; this will have a direct impact in their college experience and thus highly influencing their probabilities for success in college.
5. Other testing services that are provided:
A. ESL: English as a second language test to determine ESL placement level
B. GED testing for individual working toward their General Education Degree.
C. Correspondence Exams for student taking online/ distance classes at a different college.
D. Certification and Licensure Exams.