Assessment Exams


English Assessment | Math Assessment | Spanish Assessment | Remote Assessment | Transcript/Score Placement

General Information

About Assessment Exams: Why do I need to take an assessment exam?

  • English and math are important foundational subjects for many Degree and Certificate programs. Assessment exams are tools used to determine your skill level with these subjects, and ensure you are enrolling in appropriate classes for your success.
  • SFCC utilizes multiple measures for assessment exam testing, this includes the ALEKS PPL math assessment exam and WebCAPE Spanish assessment.
  • English assessments are arranged per advisor’s recommendation. Likewise, ACT and SAT scores are assessed by advisors. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor for further steps.
  • Honor Code:  The Code of Conduct applies to all students, visitors, and guests regardless of status. SFCC recognizes that there is a diverse student body and has established standards so that all students have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals in a respectful and high-quality atmosphere.

Required documentation: Government issued photo ID or Student ID, access to your A#, and login information for your account.
Course Placement: SFCC utilizes assessment exams and meeting with advisors to place students in the most appropriate English or math exam. The SFCC Course Assessment Table can be viewed to verify placement based on assessment scoring. It is important that all testers still meet with an advisor.

Please visit the Assessment Exam for English/Spanish page here for more information.

High school graduates (within the past 5 years) are recommended to meet with an advisor to review school transcripts/GPA for class placement prior to registration.

Academic advisors will use multiple measures to place students in the appropriate classes. Students will be involved in these intentional conversations regarding placement and skill level.

Anyone with more than 5 years since high school graduation will need to take the ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing assessment exams.

For this option, testers will need a reference from their advisor to register for assessment.

Please visit the Math Assessment Exam page here for more information.

ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map student’s mathematical abilities across many areas.

The Assessment exam has 25 open-ended questions. Testers have 3 hours to complete the assessment. The national average is 1 hour and 17 minutes. The exam cannot be paused or restarted once it begins.

After the Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students. It is important to meet with an advisor after your initial exam. Testers must also complete a 48-hour waiting period AND 5 hours of studying time to test again for an improved score. *módulo de preparación y aprendizaje.

Please visit the Assessment Exam for English/Spanish page here for more information.

Why take an Assessment?

●To help make sure students are placed into the Spanish level that is best for them, SFCC requires all students to take the Spanish Assessment Exam.

●We have adopted an assessment exam to gauge your language ability and give a recommendation for which level Spanish you should begin with.

 Do I have to study for the test?

●There is no need to study for the Assessment. It is meant to assesses your language skills as they are. Do your best for the most accurate placement since it will allow you to be in the right class.

 ●Upon completion of the Test, score will display immediately. 

Note: Courses are not offered every semester. Contact ( ) if you have questions regarding course offerings.

●Technical issues contact IT at 505-428-1222

Please complete the request form for this option.

Remote testing is available on a limited basis for ACCUPLACER and ALEKS PPL proctored tests only.  To schedule your remote exam please complete the Remote Placement Test Request form and email it to  Once the request is reviewed, we will contact you to schedule your appointment.
Remote testing is available for SFCC students only. This option is intended for students living outside of Santa Fe county.

Recent ACT or SAT scores may be used to determine placement. Students must provide an official transcript. SAT and ACT scores should be sent to the SFCC Registrar’s office through their respective student portals.

Scores in the ACT English and Reading sections of 19 or higher OR a 24 or higher score in the SAT Critical Reading section, may enroll in ENGLISH 1110 (Composition I).  In some cases, you may still be required to write an essay.

Scores in the ACT Math section of 24 or higher OR 610 or higher in the SAT Math section, may enroll in MATH 1220 (College Algebra), or MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics).

Students may also provide official transcripts to their Academic Advisor, showing math and English courses completed within the last three years. These courses may sometimes be used to determine placement.   

**For a copy of your ACCUPLACER test scores please visit the ACCUPLACER request page.
If you would like your ACCUPLACER scores sent to another institution, provide the Testing Center with a copy of your ID, your contact information, and the email address for your participating agency, college, or University. If you require any assistance in this process, please contact the testing center at 1-505-428-1625 or**