Skills Assessment

An important part of a student’s orientation to LCC is the basic skills assessment process. To ensure that students are ready for college and the workplace, LCC complies with C.R.S. 23-1-113.3. which requires that new students demonstrate basic skill proficiencies in reading, writing, and mathematics. The assessment requirement may be met through ACT, SAT or college-administered Accuplacer tests. Most students must meet the assessment requirement including the following:

  • All first-time undergraduates who are degree-seeking or who convert to degree-seeking status.
  • All first-time students ages 17, 18, or 19 (as of September 15 of the year of entry) whether high school graduates or not.
  • All first-time degree-seeking students (certificate students not meeting the cutoff scores are encouraged but not required to take advantage of the remedial services offered through the College).

Students whose assessment scores do not meet the minimum cutoff scores established by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) are responsible for completing basic skills instruction during their first thirty (30) credit hours of attendance at the college. Those cutoff scores are as follows:

Mathematics ACT 23 SAT 460 Accuplacer 85
Writing ACT 18 SAT 440 Accuplacer 95
Reading ACT 17 SAT 430 Accuplacer 80

Students wishing to complete basic skills testing prior to arrival at LCC should contact a tutor coordinator for assistance to identify qualified testing sites

Assessment schedule:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays

Testing also is available by appointment throughout each semester.

Please contact the Assessment Coordinator for additional information.

Transfer credit: Students who have completed general education “core” academic course work with a grade of “C” or better at another institution and have official transcripts on file in the LCC Registrar’s Office prior to the day of assessment, will be exempt from part or all of basic skills assessment.

Test accommodations: Students with a documented disability may be eligible for reasonable accommodations for the purpose of taking the basic skills assessments. A request for accommodation, accompanied by appropriate documentation, must be filed with the Special Populations Coordinator at least one week prior to assessment day. For more information, contact Special Populations.

Required remediation: Students determined to need remediation in math, reading, and/or writing are required to enroll in and successfully complete remedial courses. Course descriptions for these courses may be found in the back of the Lamar Community College catalog.

 G.E.D. TESTING phone: 719.336.1537 or Kett.Winsor@lamarcc.edu