Reading Placement For New or Returning Student

Standardized test scores, ACT and the NEW SAT, can be used for placement into reading, English, and math as long as they have been submitted to the Admissions Office.

If you scored a 20 or higher on the ACT Reading Section, 480 on the NEW SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing , or 570 on the OLD SAT Reading test and your score is less than 3 years old, you do not need to take the Reading Placement test.

ACT Reading


Old SAT Reading


0 - 19 0 - 479 0 - 569 Must Take reading assessment
20 - 36 480 - 800 570 - 800 Exempt from reading assessment


If you need to take the reading assessment:

The Parkland Reading Comprehension assessment is an untimed test that consists of 20 questions, from the reading section of Accuplacer test,  of two different types. In the first type you must read a passage of text and then answer a question about the passage. The second type of question presents two sentences, and then asks you a question about the relationship between the two sentences.

Parkland Reading Assessment(Spring 2020)

Course Placement

90 Requires Re-Assessment
97 CCS 098 
98 CCS 099
99 Exempt from reading courses


Links for test preparation:  

CENGAGE Learning Practice Tests

English Success Practice Tests

Retesting Policy:

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. Currently the re-assessment fee of $10 is being waived. Currently, you are only allowed to reassess twice.

Scores used for placement will expire in 3 years.