Placement Testing

View information about the Accuplacer, ATI TEAS, and other information about exams.

All testing requires registration/scheduling.

Accuplacer

The Accuplacer placement test helps determine students' college readiness for Math and English. Results are used to place students in the appropriate-level course(s). The Accuplacer is not required for all students. Applicants will be notified via email if they are required to test. To take the Accuplacer, you must first apply to Salem Community College. Currently, most tests are proctored remotely. On-campus testing is available on a limited basis.

Questions about the Accuplacer?

Contact the Admissions team at admissions@salemcc.edu.

More information about Accuplacer is available on the CollegeBoard website.

    Prep before you test!

    Salem Community College has created some helpful material that can prepare you for the Accuplacer test. Please review the documentation if you are taking the Accuplacer test.

    NOTE: OPEN DOCUMENT THEN ENLARGE DOCUMENT TO 150%, USE MAGNIFY GLASS TOOL AT BOTTOM

    If you have been notified by email that you need to take the Accuplacer, please follow the instructions in the email to schedule a remote test. If you need to test in person or would like to request accommodations for your test, please contact us at admissions@salemcc.edu. Once the Accuplacer is complete, you will receive a follow-up email detailing your next steps.

    • All new degree/certificate-seeking students who do not submit official proof of prior placement. Students with partial placement may be required to take a section of the test.
    • All high school freshmen and sophomores applying for High School Option.
    • All high school juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA less than 2.75.
    • All students who tested more than three years ago and did not complete college-level courses after testing.
    • Non-degree seeking students who do not submit official proof of required placement or pre-requisites for Math and English courses.
    • Students who submit official college transcripts showing successful completion of college-level (100-level or higher) Math and English courses with a grade of C or higher.
    • Students who submit official college transcripts showing successful completion of a college-level certificate or degree.
    • Students who submit official high school transcripts showing a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher received within the last five years.
    • Students who submit official SAT score reports from within the last three years may be exempt based on their scores. For Math exemption, students must have scored 530 or higher on the Math section. For English exemption, students must have scored 540 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
    • Students who submit an official Accuplacer score report from another institution may be exempt depending on the scores and the sections of the test completed. Admissions will review the scores and inform the student if additional testing is required.

    Currently, most Accuplacer testing is completed virtually through a remote proctoring service, Examity. Students will receive two emails in regard to their remote Accuplacer. They will receive one email from Accuplacer with a voucher code and a link to the website where they can schedule the test. They will also receive an email from an Admissions representative with study materials and additional information about the test.

    On-campus Accuplacers are available on a limited basis. If you need on-campus testing, please contact us at admissions@salemcc.edu to RSVP for one of these upcoming test dates:

    • Wednesday, July 6th at 10:00AM
    • Wednesday, July 27th at 10:00AM
    • Monday, August 15th at 10:00AM
    • Thursday, August 25th at 10:00AM

    An Admissions representative will follow up with more information. More testing dates will be released later in the summer.

    How do I interpret my Accuplacer scores?

    Your proctor may be able to interpret your scores. An Academic Advisor will also review your scores and explain your placement during your first advising appointment.

    What if I don't do well on the Accuplacer?

    An Academic Advisor will review your scores and may recommend a retest or placement into a foundational course. Your scores will not affect your acceptance, as they are used for placement purposes.

    My voucher code expired or doesn't work. What should I do?

    Please contact us at admissions@salemcc.edu to request a new voucher. Vouchers are typically valid for 60 days.

    What do I need for my testing appointment?

    Please arrive on time for your testing appointment and bring a photo ID. Remote testing will require a scan of your surroundings and other anti-cheating measures. On-campus testing will provide scratch paper. Students are not allowed to use other devices such as cell phones during the test. Calculators are provided. Please allow up to 3 hours for your test and be respectful of the proctor and other students who may be testing.

    Can I take the Accuplacer multiple times?

    To ensure accurate scores, students may only test multiple times in certain circumstances. If a retest is recommended by an Academic Advisor, it will be facilitated by the Admissions department.

    ATI TEAS

    The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is a standardized test designed to specifically assess a student's preparedness for entering the health science fields. Questions are designed to test basic academic skills you will need to perform successfully in areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. The ATI TEAS has been statistically proven to be a valid predictor of early nursing school success. Your score on the TEAS is one measure of academic preparedness that helps Salem Community College consider your acceptance into our nursing program.

    The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions that are formatted as both multiple choice items with 4 answer options and alternative-type items. This includes 150 scored questions and 20 unscored pretest questions. Students have 209 minutes to complete the exam.

    All students applying for the PN and ADN nursing programs are required to take the ATI TEAS test.

      Please check the ATI website at https://www.atitesting.com for TEAS locations and availability. Salem Community College administers several tests from November through March on campus and remotely. Advanced registration is strongly recommended as test dates fill up quickly. A test date will say “SOLD OUT” if it is full.

      You can take the TEAS at any location. You must list Salem Community College as your school in order for SCC to verify results. If you take the TEAS at a location other than Salem Community College, you MUST request an official TEAS transcript to be emailed to ATITEAS@salemcc.edu AND include an unofficial copy of your score report in your nursing portfolio.

      Log into your ATI account to request an official TEAS transcript or print an unofficial score report. Score reports can be accessed under the “My Results” tab.

      All students applying for the PN and ADN (Nursing) programs are required to take the ATI TEAS Test.

      The TEAS may be taken up to 3 times per calendar year. Test dates must be at least 45 days apart.

      Scores from only one exam will be accepted for admission requirement.

      Scores are valid for 2 calendar years.

      TEAS scores submitted below the minimum required score will result in an incomplete portfolio and will not be considered for acceptance.

      To be considered for admission to the PRACTICAL NURSING CERTIFICATE, the following scores are required:
      TOTAL SCORE READING MATH
      Minimum 50% or above Minimum 50% or above  Minimum 50% or above

       

      To be considered for admission to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, the following scores are required:
      TOTAL SCORE READING MATH
      Minimum 60% or above Minimum 50% or above  Minimum 50% or above

      TBA

      NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Students registered for the exam will be notified.

      AP Credits

      AP credits will be accepted if the minimum recommended score of 3 is achieved. For more information about AP credits, please see your guidance counselor.