This test is offered in Sedalia only.

The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes a Writing Test. Register online at After you create an account at this website, nearly all communication with ACT will be handled through email.

What Do My Placement Scores Mean?

All associate degrees require at least one math course and one writing course. Some certificate programs also require math or writing. The required math and writing courses for each degree are listed in the SFCC online catalog.

Your placement scores are used to place you in the level of math and writing that is right for your skill level. If your placement scores do not place you into the course that is required for your degree or certificate, you will need to begin at the level into which you tested and work your way through each course to the required one.

You may take the ACT, the ACCUPLACER, or the SAT to determine your placement scores. Once your scores have been determined, you can view the placement chart for math, writing, and reading courses. Your navigator can help you understand which classes you will be enrolled into based on how you scored.

Students with ACT scores of 18 or higher in both reading and English will automatically be eligible for English Composition I or Technical Writing, as well as a number of other general education courses in disciplines including history, science, psychology, humanities, and literature. These are all college-level courses.

Entering college freshmen and transfer students who have not yet achieved an ACT 18 sub-score on both the reading and English portions will need to take one or more noncredit developmental courses to improve their skills.

Recent high school graduates or students still in high school may be eligible for exceptions to the ACT sub-score requirements (English and math only). To check your eligibility, consult the Multiple Measures for Placement into College-Level Courses flowchart.

If your college experience begins with developmental classes, you will have to pay for classes that do not count toward a degree. For example, high school graduate Jessica wants to earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), which requires that she take ENGL 101 and 102. Jessica scored a 13 on both the reading and writing sections of the ACT, which means she will first need to complete ENGL 060 with a C or better, and then ENGL 070 with a C or better before she can enroll in ENGL 101.

If Jessica is a Missouri resident, these two additional classes, plus textbooks, will cost nearly $1,000 and could take two extra semesters before she can reach her goal of earning an AAT.

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