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ASSET Placement Tests

ASSET Placement Test:

The ASSET Test is used by Columbia State to determine course placement for entering students. The
ASSET is NOT a pass/fail instrument but instead determines which courses are best suited to the student’s level of readiness. Students with valid ACT/SAT scores (within 5 years old) are placed according to those results and are not required to take the ASSET test.

Students may choose to challenge both ACT and ASSET scores.

Guidelines:
  1. In order to register for the ASSET exam you must be admitted to the college and screened to take the ASSET according to placement guidelines or you must be challenging existing ACT/SAT scores. Contact the Office of Admissions at 931.540.2790 if you have not been screened to take the ASSET exam.
  2. First-time students with valid ACT scores (scores acquired within the past five years) receive their academic placement according to those scores. First-time students with no valid ACT/SAT scores will be required to take the ASSET for placement. Students may challenge their ACT/SAT placement by taking the ASSET one time. Students who place initially with the ASSET exam may also challenge those initial results one time. The challenge cannot be completed on the same day as the initial testing. Placement will be based on the best scores from all valid placement instruments.
  3. The challenge fee for ASSET testing is $20.00 per session for Columbia State students only, NON-TBR students $25.00. *All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made to Business Services office prior to scheduling test.
How to apply:
Online registration form

Dates of exam:
A complete listing of available test dates is available through our online scheduling system. *STOP! If you are challenging your test scores, please call Testing Services at 931.540.2821 before registering online.
 
Cost:
  • Free for initial testing
  • $20.00 if challenging valid ACT or previous ASSET scores
Scores:
Scores are available the same day as the exam and are valid for 5 years. ASSET requirements and placement scores are established by Tennessee Board of Regents guidelines. If you need your scores transferred to another institution, please follow the instructions on this Request Placement Scores form.
 
Study Guides:
Study guides are available in Testing Services, Jones Student Center, room 162 on the Columbia campus and at the campus location nearest you.

Need help preparing for the COMPASS? The links below may help:

www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
(sample test)
http://algebrahelp.com (algebra)
www.quickmath.com (mathematics)
www.studygs.net (reading, writing, math and study skills)
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm (writing skills)
www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/AE/aeprgstw.htm (additional test preparation)

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