Reading Placement For New or Returning Student

Any of the following measures will provide the  student with college-level reading placement once submitted to the Admissions and Records office:

Official High School Transcript Illustrating:

  • Successful completion (C or better) of an approved Transitional English course 


  • 7th or 8th semester GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale Standardized Test Scores (must have been taken within past 3 academic years):
    • ACT Reading: 19+


    • New SAT EBRW: 480+


  • Successful completion (C or better) of two General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) courses-including those taken as dual credit.


ACT Reading


GED Reasoning through Language Arts


0 - 18 0 - 479 0 - 164 Must Take reading assessment
19- 36 480 - 800 165-200 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. Currently, tests can be proctored through ZOOM or on campus.

Accuplacer Score 

Course Placement

200 - 217 Requires Re-Assessment
218 - 242 CCS 098 
243 - 261 CCS 099
262 - 300 Exempt from reading courses

Retesting Policy

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. Currently, the re-assessment fee of $10 is being waived.

Placement measures expire after 3 academic years.