College-level coursework can be demanding. That’s why we lean on placement requirements to confirm that you have the math and English skills to hit the ground running.

Show us what you’ve got.

You can meet placement requirements in a combination of three ways.

Placement Testing

Take placement tests in math and English and see how your skills stack up.

Transfer Credit

Coursework completed at another institution may exempt you from all or parts of your skills assessments.

Send your transcripts and we’ll see if you qualify.

Standardized Tests

Your SAT/ACT scores could also exempt you from all or parts of your placement tests.

SAT/ACT Exemptions

Meet the guidelines and you could be exempt from some or all of the placement tests. Just make sure you have your scores sent to Penn College directly from the College Board or ACT. Scores are valid for two academic years after your test date.

Exemption Guidelines

  • If your SAT math score is 580 or higher, or ACT math score is 24 or higher, you’ll have an opportunity to take the Intermediate Algebra and Functions and Graphs placement tests. Your score may qualify you for placement into a higher-level math class. See Why should you take the Functions & Graphs placement test?
  • If your SAT Math test score is below 580, or your ACT Math test score is below 24, you’ll take the Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra placement tests.
  • If you have an SAT Writing and Language score of 28 or higher, you’ll be exempt from the English placement test and placed into the first required English course. If your score is below 28, you’ll take the English placement test. *In June, the optional essay portion of the SAT will be discontinued.
  • If you have an ACT English score of 21 or higher, you’ll be exempt from the English placement test, and placed directly into the first required English course.
  • You may choose to take the English placement test regardless of your SAT/ACT score.

First-Semester Placement

Placement into your first-semester courses will be based on your current skill levels. 

Meet minimum levels

If your skills meet minimum levels, you’ll be placed in the courses specified for your major.

Below minimum levels

If your current skills fall short of the required levels, you’ll need to take developmental coursework before moving forward with what’s needed for your major.

Significantly below minimum levels

If you’re significantly underprepared for college-level work, your admission may be put on hold while you level up.
See catalog information on placement testing deficiencies.