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Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Every first-time Stark State College degree-seeking student is required to take the COMPASS exam unless he/she has ACT scores. Students may elect to take COMPASS if they have ACT scores. Students may retake the COMPASS exam one time. Students with applicable transfer credits are not required to test in that area.

Required Course Placement

First-time SSC degree-seeking students are required to complete all developmental courses into which they are placed by COMPASS or ACT scores and that are required by their programs, beginning with their first semester of credit enrollment and continuing for all subsequent semesters to completion. Reading proficiency is required of all students as determined by placement or course completion. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for a student returning after an absence at the discretion of the subject department chair or designee.