Placement Options

Assessment Requirement

Your English and math skills must be assessed before you can take certain classes at CNCC.  There are many different assessments that can be used for placement.  These will help your academic advisor suggest the right classes for your skill level. 

Assessment Options

You must have at least one assessment for each subject area (English and math).  Placement may be different for each subject.  For example, using high school information and SAT scores for math and the guided self-assessment survey for English.

Guided Self-Assessment

  • Documentation Required: None. Your survey results will automatically be sent to CNCC for evaluation and processing.

High School Coursework & GPA

  • High school graduation information can be used if it meets certain criteria:
    • You graduated from high school within the past two years with a 3.0 cumulative GPA (unweighted) and earned a B or higher in 11th grade English and/or
    • You graduated from high school within the past 18 months with a 3.0 cumulative GPA (unweighted) and earned a B or higher in Algebra II, Geometry, or Pre-calculus
  • Documentation Required: Unofficial Transcripts
    • Note: Unofficial transcripts may only be used for placement purposes. Official transcripts may be needed for admissions requirements.

High School Equivalency Diploma

  • GED transcripts showing scores of at least:
    • Reasoning Through Language Arts – 165 and/or
    • Mathematical Reasoning – 165
  • Documentation Required: Unofficial Transcripts
    • Note: Unofficial transcripts may only be used for placement purposes. Official transcripts may be needed for admissions requirements or to transfer credit to CNCC.

Accuplacer Exam Scores

  • The Accuplacer test is an evaluation tool designed to gauge your readiness for college-level courses in math and English.  Test scores are valid for five years.
  • College-ready scores are listed for your reference however the Accuplacer test is not pass/fail and all scores may be used for placement. 
    • Classic Accuplacer – Reading Comprehension – 80 and Sentence Skills 95 | Elementary Algebra – 61 for MAT 120 & 135 or 85 for MAT 121
    • Next-Generation Accuplacer – Writing – 246 | Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics – 250 for MAT 120 & 135 or Advanced Algebra & Functions – 245 for MAT 121
  • Documentation Required: Unofficial Score Report
  • If you have not taken the Accuplacer test, you may take it through CNCC by requesting a testing voucher or by locating and contacting an Accuplacer Test Center near you.

ACT, SAT Exam Scores

  • You completed the test within the past 5 years and meet minimum score requirements.
    • SAT: Evidence-based Reading and Writing – 470 and/or Math – 500
    • ACT: English – 18 and Reading – 17 and/or Math – 19
    • Some math courses require a higher score.  See the Placement Matrix for more details.
  • Documentation Required: Unofficial Score Report

College Credit and Credit for Prior Learning

  • Completed English and/or math coursework with a final grade of C or better.
  • Completed Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, and/or DSST exams with passing scores. 
  • Documentation Required: Unofficial Transcripts
    • Note: Unofficial transcripts may only be used for placement purposes. Official transcripts must be provided in order to transfer credit to CNCC.

Contact Information:

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Phone: (970) 824-1128 - Craig 
Phone: (970) 675-3251 - Rangely

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

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