American Samoa Community College

II.C.7. The institution regularly evaluates admissions and placement instruments and practices to validate their effectiveness, while minimizing biases.  (Original II.B.3.e)

ASCC uses a locally-produced Math Placement Test that is aligned to local and national standards. In addition, the English Placement Test is adapted from a U.S. publishing company. 

Placement into the Math and English courses are dependent on the entrance placement test scores. Students may challenge placement if they feel scores are not an accurate reflection of their skills. SAT, ACT, and TOEFL scores may be used for placement, based on student request. 1

Placement Test
All new students are required to take the placement tests in Math and English.  The TOEFL exam may be used for English placement, but must have been taken within 12 months prior to the date of application for admission.  Current SAT or ACT examination scores may be used for placement.  It is the responsibility of the student to either sit the ASCC Placement Test or provide alternate test scores prior to registering for classes.  Refer to the Testing Fees section for placement test fees.

Students who have graduated or transferred from an accredited college or university, and have provided official copies of transcripts may have the placement test waived by the Admissions and Records Office.

The SAT, ACT and TOEFL tests are administered by the American Samoa Department of Education. Students interested in taking one of these tests should contact the appropriate testing office.

The Math placement test instrument was reviewed by the ASCC Math Department faculty and shared with American Samoa Government Department of Education counselors for alignment to national college placement.

1 - ASCC Catalog 2014-2016, p.23