All Tri-C campuses and the Brunswick University Center offer assessment services. Tri-C assesses students’ English and math skills and prescribes enrollment in appropriate English, math and English as a Second Language courses to maximize opportunities for open access, equity and academic excellence.

The following students must participate in the assessment and placement process prior to registration:

  • All students registering for an initial English, math or English as a Second Language course;
  • All students who register for 12 or more credits during their initial term at Tri-C;
  • All students who have accumulated a total of 12 credits during previous terms; and
  • All applicants who are currently in high school.

Students may retake their placement tests two times without charge within two years of the initial test date.  Placement scores will be valid for a maximum of two years after the test administration date.  Persons holding a college degree may have the assessment process waived.

Students whose native language is not English must take the College's English as a Second Language test.

Students may use qualifying ACT or SAT scores instead of taking the ACCUPLACER math and English placement tests. Students who perform well on the placement tests may reduce the number of courses they are required to take. Therefore, students must complete the mandatory review prior to testing for the first time. Contact your campus Testing Center for more information about the mandatory review process.

Fast Forward

Fast Forward, Tri-C's foundational learning program, requires that students who place into developmental classes enroll in these classes during their first semester. Completing developmental courses first increases students’ basic skills, which can increase their chances of success in college-level coursework.