Placement Testing (ACCUPLACER)
Delgado Community College requires placement assessment for all potential students who have not taken the ACT test within the past three years or who do not have sufficient ACT scores for class placement. The Office of Advising & Testing administers a standardized placement assessment, the College Board ACCUPLACER. Applicants will not be refused admission to the college because of assessment scores. Scores are valid for three years and are used for academic advising and placement only.
Who needs this placement assessment?
All First Time Freshman who did not attain at least the following sub-scores on the ACT test within the past three years:
- English: 16
- Math: 14
- Reading: 17
All Transfer or Re-Admit students who did not attain at least the above sub-scores on the ACT test within the past three years or did not complete an English or Math class from their previous institution. Transfer and Re-Admit students should verify with the Academic Advisor associated with their program/academic division the necessity to complete the placement test.
An English ACT score of 16–17 qualifies students to take Delgado's ENGL 110, an intensive five credit hour college composition course that is equivalent to ENGL 101. Students may also choose to enroll in a traditional ENGL 099 course. An English ACT score of 18 places a student directly into ENGL 101—English Composition I without the need for any developmental coursework in English.
A Math ACT score of 14–16 qualifies students to take Delgado's MATH 098—Algebra Foundations I, while a score of 17–19 qualifies students for Delgado’s MATH 099—Algebra Foundations II. A Math ACT Score of 19–21 qualifies students to enroll in MATH 120—Contemporary Math or MATH 128—Applied Algebra. A Math ACT score of at least 22 is needed for students who want to take Delgado’s MATH 130—College Algebra.
What subjects are covered on the placement assessment?
Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, and based on demonstrated proficiency up to two levels of Mathematics (Elementary Algebra and College Level Math) are all covered on the assessment.
What Delgado locations offer the ACCUPLACER assessment?
The ACCUPLACER placement assessment is offered at the City Park and West Bank Campuses as well as the Sidney Collier Learning Site.
What’s the cost of the assessment?
Delgado students will be charged a $15 non-refundable fee for the assessment on the administration date. The cost is $40 for non-Delgado students.
Are there study/preparation materials?
Yes! Please visit College Board's online test prep-resources for ACCUPLACER for sample questions and the free Official Study App.
What ACCUPLACER scores do I need to place into Delgado college level classes?
- ENGL 101—English Composition I: Sentence Skills Score of 86–117
- ENGL 102—English Composition II: Sentence Skills Score of 118–120
- MATH 120—Contemporary Math: Elementary Algebra Score of 65–120 or College Level Math Score of 20–44
- MATH 130—College Algebra: College Level Math Score of 45–98
- No Reading Classes Required: Reading Comprehension Score of 85–120
How do I check available dates and sign up for the Delgado Placement Assessment?
Visit the online test scheduling system to schedule your test today!
What happens after I complete the assessment?
First Time Freshman will be sent directly to advisors in the Office of Advising and Testing for Advising and Registration. Re-Admit and Transfer students may meet with their divisional advisor and/or register on-line via LoLA.
Admissions applications must be submitted prior to assessment.
No personal items, including but not limited to, mobile phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices, pagers, smart watches, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats (and other non-religious head coverings), bags, books, and/or notes are allowed in the testing rooms. You must store all personal items in a secure area as indicated by the Testing Center staff or return them to your vehicle. If you refuse to store your personal items, you will be unable to test. Please bring appropriate forms of identification for the test you are taking.