Assessment and Placement

Students enrolling in KCTCS colleges for the purpose of earning credit applicable toward an educational credential (certificate, diploma, or associate degree) must demonstrate through the submission of scores on specified assessment instruments that they possess the minimum academic skills essential for success in courses required for the credential. Students who do not demonstrate these academic skills must remedy the identified skill deficiencies by enrollment in transitional education courses or entry-level courses with approved supplementary academic support within the first two terms of enrollment per Council on Postsecondary Education regulation 13 KAR 2:020. Enrollment shall continue consecutively until all required transitional education is complete.

Students who do not intend to seek an educational credential (non-degree) are exempt from taking the assessment instrument. Transfer students with 12 or more credit hours at the 100 level or above in general education courses with a 2.0 gpa are exempt from reading placement requirements. However, all students must meet individual course pre-requisites such as those for entry-level English and mathematics courses.

This assessment and placement policy specifically applies to:

  • Credential-seeking students who will enroll in a KCTCS college for the first time in Fall 2010 or later including students who intend to transfer to another college or university.
  • Students who are undecided about their choice of program.
  • Transfer students who have not demonstrated academic skills appropriate for the educational credential they seek, either through assessment results or successful completion of relevant entry-level courses.
  • Students who change their status from non-credential seeking to credential-seeking and who have not demonstrated the academic skills appropriate for the educational credential they seek.
  • Students in certificate and diploma programs who will enroll in a KCTCS college for the first time in Fall 2010 or later, except students in programs identified in Attachment 1.

General Provisions

Assessment instruments from ACT, Inc. are the preferred assessment instruments. However, SAT scores will be accepted in lieu of ACT scores. SAT scores cannot be used to determine placement in developmental courses. Minimum admission scores in reading, English, and mathematics are included in each placement chart to indicate the level of academic skills required for placement in KCTCS courses and programs. Official scores on COMPASS and KYOTE placement tests given by the Kentucky Department of Education will be accepted by KCTCS for placement purposes consistent with the KCTCS-KDE COMPASS Data Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (2010).

Students with disabilities may request accommodation consistent with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Students who are undecided about their choice of program may be eligible for financial aid programs. Students who do not intend to seek a credential (non-degree) are not eligible for financial aid.

Associate Degree-Seeking Students

For students seeking any associate degree, a minimum score of 20 on the ACT in reading, 19 in mathematics, and 18 in English qualifies the student to enroll in appropriate entry-level courses in the disciplines. For students who do not submit ACT scores or whose ACT scores are below the minimum for placement into entry-level courses, refer to the mathematics, reading, and English charts for the relevant COMPASS, KYOTE, or ASSET score and associated course placement. Students whose COMPASS or ASSET scores are below the level for placement in transitional courses will be referred to adult basic education services.

Students requiring developmental education will be placed in the appropriate course(s) during the first two terms of enrollment.

Math Assessment And Course Placement

ACT SAT COMPASS Algebra Domain ASSET KCTCS Courses
27 or higher 610 or higher 83-99 NA MAT 170, MAT 175 or any course listed below
22 or higher 510 or higher 50-99 El. Alg. 46-55
Int. Alg. 43-55
MAT 150 or any course listed below
19-21 460 or higher 36-49 El. Alg. 41-45
Int. Alg. 39-42
MAT 150 with MAT 100 or supplemental instruction1; MAT 146, MAT 105; MAT 110; MAT 116; MAT 126 or any course listed below
31-35 El. Alg. 39-40
Int. Alg. 36-38
Intermediate Algebra or any course numbered MAT 105 through MAT 1262 with supplemental instruction3 or any course listed below
25-35 El. Alg. 34-40 Int. Alg. 33-38 All courses numbered MAT 105 through MAT 1162 with supplemental instruction3 or any course listed below
16-30 El. Alg. 27-38
Int. Alg. 26-35
MAT 065 provided that, IF there is a concurrent pre-algebra score, it is between 42-99; or any course listed below
COMPASS
Pre-algebra Domain
ASSET KCTCS Courses
42-99 N. Skills
38-55
MAT 065 or any course listed below
24-41 N. Skills
25-37
MAT 055
Less than 24 N. Skills
23-24
ARI 030 or Refer to Adult Basic Education

1MAT 100 offers supplementary academic support for MAT 150.

2MAT 105, MAT 110, MAT 116 do not serve as prerequisites for Intermediate Algebra.

3Enrollment permitted only with concurrent supplementary instruction. College designated supplemental instruction must offer supplementary academic support, such as extra class sessions, additional labs, tutoring, and increased monitoring of students, beyond that usually associated with an entry-level course.

NOTE: Colleges may seek approval from the Chancellor for use of alternate assessment instruments.

KYOTE Score KCTCS Course Placement
College Algebra 14 MAT 150
MCR 22 or higher3 MAT 150 with MAT 100 or supplemental instruction1; MAT 146, MAT 105; MAT 110; MAT 116; MAT 126 or any course listed below
MCR 21 or higher MAT 085 or any course numbered MAT 105 through MAT 1262 with supplemental instruction4 or any course listed below
MCR 12-20 MAT 065 or any course listed below
MCR 8-11 MAT 055

MCR 0-11

MAT 055

MCR 0-7

It is recommended to refer students with a KYOTE score of 0-7 to Adult Education. A student can still enroll in MAT 0555

1 MAT 100 offers supplementary academic support for MAT 150.

2 MAT 105, MAT 110, MAT 116 do not serve as prerequisites for Intermediate Algebra (MAT 085).

3The KYOTE College Algebra Placement Test (CA) can be administered after the Math College Readiness (MCR) exam (if the MCR score is 22 or higher) if a student wishes to take MAT 150 without MAT 100.

4 Enrollment permitted only with concurrent supplementary instruction. College designated supplemental instruction must offer supplementary academic support, such as extra class sessions, additional labs, tutoring, and increased monitoring of students, beyond that usually associated with an entry-level course.

5 These students, if they wish, can still take MAT 055 on campus.

From the CPE Readiness Indicators Document
  1. A COMPASS or KYOTE placement test score will be guaranteed as an indicator of college readiness for 12 months from the date the placement exam is administered.
  2. For the 2012-13 and beyond, only the KYOTE College Algebra placement test score of 14 or higher will be used to indicate readiness for College Algebra.

Reading Assessment And Course Placement

ACT SAT COMPASS Algebra Domain ASSET KYOTE KCTCS Courses
ACT 20 or higher 470 Critical Reading COMPASS 85-100 ASSET 44-55 20 or higher No reading required
COMPASS 83-84 ASSET 43 Entry-level courses with concurrent enrollment in CMS 185, or supplemental instruction1,2
COMPASS 70-82 ASSET 38- 42 RDG 0302 or DRE 0302
COMPASS 49-69 ASSET 32-37 RDG 020
COMPASS 48 and below No score available Refer to Adult Basic Education for Reading

1Supplemental instruction, such as extra class sessions, additional labs, tutoring, and increased monitoring of students beyond that usually associated with an entry-level course, to be developed and provided at the college.

2After the completion of this option students can move to entry level courses without additional supplemental instruction.

NOTE: Transfer students with 12 or more credit hours at the 100 level or above in general education courses with a 2.0 gpa are exempt from reading placement requirements.

English Assessment and Course Placement

ACT SAT COMPASS ASSET KYOTE KCTCS Courses
18 or above Writing 430 or Critical Reading 450 COMPASS
74 -100
ASSET 43-55 6 or higher ENG 101
COMPASS
39-73
ASSET 38-42 ENC 091
COMPASS
26-38
ASSET 33-37 ENC 090 or ARI 010
COMPASS
25 and below
Refer to Adult Basic Education for English

Note: Students may be advised to enroll in ENC 092 (Writing Laboratory), or ENG 100, or supplemental work defined by the college concurrent with their enrollment in ENG 101 if they have completed ENC 091 and need the assistance provided by the writing laboratory. Supplemental instruction includes extra class sessions, additional labs, tutoring, and increased monitoring of students beyond that usually associated with an entry-level course.