Frequently Asked Questions


The Accuplacer is a placement test that is required by all two- and four-year colleges and universities in the state of Colorado. The test is designed to help determine which class placements are most appropriate for a student, based on aptitude in college-level reading, writing, and mathematics. The Accuplacer is internet-based, and is taken on a computer. Red Rocks students may take the test in the Assessment Center at the Lakewood or Arvada campus

What scores do I need for placement?

The Accuplacer Score Matrix can be viewed or downloaded here.

How will assessment help me?

Assessment will help determine your skill levels in English and Math. Placement information will assist you in selecting courses in which you are likely to succeed. If you feel you have either a learning disability or physical disability which might adversely affect your test results, you should contact the Accessibility Services at 303.914.6733 before testing.

Who must be assessed?

Matriculation requires that all new students to college be assessed in English and Math. Students are exempt from placement testing and assessment if they have earned an Associate or Bachelor Degree (from US College or University) or have completed college course work in English and Math (college transcript proof required.)

All students must be assessed if they plan to:

  • Earn a degree or certificate;
  • Enroll in any English or Math courses
  • Enroll in any core level course.
  • Under the age of 21 (Department of Education requirement)

Can I use my transcript from another college instead of testing?

Courses can be used to meet prerequisites.  Courses must meet the prerequisite requirement, courses description and pass with a “C” or higher.

Official transcripts may be mailed directly from your previous college(s), emailed from your college or they may be hand carried in a sealed envelope. If you open the envelope it will be considered unofficial.

Official Transcripts can be mailed to:
Melodie Moll
Student Records, Box 8
Red Rocks Community College
13300 W 6th Ave
Lakewood CO 80228-1255

Can I use ACT or SAT scores for placement?

If you have qualifying ACT or SAT scores from within the past five years for Reading & English and within the past two years for Math, please supply your score report and we will enter those scores for you. 

How do I retrieve my test results and placements?

  • Go to and click on “The Rock” icon;
  • You will need to sign in with your Student ID# and password;
  • Then you will need to click on your Student Tab;
  • Look for Degree Check at bottom left hand corner of the page and click on the “Degree Check!” icon;  
  • A screen appears with your Accuplacer placement test scores and any exemptions or prior college coursework that has been entered.

What are the re-test policies?

The first time you take the Accuplacer it is free. All subsequent test(s) are $5 per section. The exam cannot be taken more than three times between census dates.

The second retest can be taken as early as the next day. The same day retest is not allowed according to the College Board.

There will be at least a 2 week waiting period between the second and third retest. RRCC students will require approval from the Learning Commons for the third (final) test attempt.