South Carolina
Postsecondary Placement Policies

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Four-Year Institutions

Four-year institutions establish minimum ACT/SAT scores and class rank requirements. Developmental courses cannot be offered at the four-year institutions, but students may still complete placement testing by subject (e.g., math and foreign language) through various instruments.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Two-year students undergo placement testing in English and math to determine readiness for college-level courses. Developmental courses cannot be offered at the two-year institutions, so students who fail to meet placement benchmarks are placed in enriched sections of entry-level courses that count towards college credit. These students are then mainstreamed into regular coursework as soon as possible.

Technical College students may present qualifying SAT or ACT scores or participate in placement testing. Students must take institutionally determined placement tests in reading, writing and math. Students who do not meet placement benchmarks are placed in developmental education courses.