Miami Valley TechPrep Consortium

College Readiness

January 2017 UPDATE: The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has determined that Tech Prep students are not required to take the Accuplacer (or another college entrance exam) if they meet the Multiple Measures 3.0 GPA (MM3) guidelines. Please click HERE to access the most current information about the Multiple Measures 3.0 GPA policy.

College is an expensive proposition for students and parents. Because remediation in college will add to college costs and potentially delay a student’s graduation from college, it is important that students, parents, and teachers understand the college placement requirements to enter without remediation. Research shows that students who enter college without remediation needs are more successful in college classes and are more likely to graduate.

As a result of this research, there is an effort in Ohio, spearheaded by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education, to develop strategies that will reduce the need for academic remediation with Ohio students. Colleges and universities have developed uniform assessments to determine if a student meets the standards adopted for college readiness.


Sinclair College has determined that the results of the ACCUPLACER test is an accepted assessment of college readiness and has adopted mandatory scores that show the likelihood of success in college classes in English and math. Effective September 3, 2013, Sinclair College implemented WRITEPLACER as the initial English/Reading assessment tool in place of Accuplacer Sentence Skills. WRITEPLACER, an ACCUPLACER product, is an essay formatted assessment and is scored electronically by an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling. During placement testing, students will receive a system prompt to complete an essay which will be automatically scored once the essay has been submitted. The score range for WRITEPLACER is 0-8.

  • Students receiving a WRITEPLACER score of 4-8 will be placed into ENG 1101 with no reading assessment required (placing out of developmental reading coursework).
  • Students scoring in the range of 0-3 will be placed in the following integrated developmental reading and writing coursework: 0 or 1 = English Readiness (ABLE Program), 2 = DEV 0015, 3 = DEV 0035.

In addition, Sinclair will also accept ACT, SAT, ALEKS (math only), and COMPASS ALGEBRA scores to determine college level English and/or math placement for incoming students. Click here for a list (ACTIVE FOR SUMMER 2017 COURSE PLACEMENT) of the scores students need to reach on the ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, ALEKS, or COMPASS ALGEBRA tests to be admitted to college-level classes in English and in math at Sinclair Community College. Click here for a list (ACTIVE FOR FALL 2017 COURSE PLACEMENT) of the scores students need to reach on the ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, ALEKS, or COMPASS ALGEBRA tests to be admitted to college-level classes in English and in math at Sinclair Community College.

The format for the ACCUPLACER test is unfamiliar to most students. Test questions are adaptive; that is, they are based on the student’s response to previous questions, and questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how the student responds. Because of this format, students need to take their time completing the test questions. If the test is rushed it is very likely that the student will not perform well.

Students who practice for the ACCUPLACER are more successful at testing college ready. Fortunately, ACCUPLACER has a series of practice questions for the test on their website. Sample WRITEPLACER essay prompts are also available online. These questions and sample essay prompts will better inform students, parents and high school partners what types of math and English skills are necessary to meet “college-ready” guidelines. The results for the test are available immediately. It is important to understand that the ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, ALEKS (math only), and COMPASS ALGEBRA tests determine college placement and are accepted by Sinclair College. Please click the links below for more information.

ACCUPLACER Prep Resources

ACT web site


COMPASS web site

Required Scores for College Readiness at Sinclair College - (ACTIVE FOR SPRING 2017 COURSE PLACEMENT)

SAT web site

Sinclair College Placement Testing FAQs