Testing Center and Placement Services

About the SC4 Testing Center

Testing Center

The SC4 Testing Center offers a wide range of testing and placement services for students and the community, including providing testing for new students to assist with placing them into their first English and mathematics courses.

The Testing Center is located on the second floor of the SC4 Welcome Center, which is at the corner of Erie and Glenwood Streets in Port Huron. Park in the northeast corner of the main campus parking lot.

Hours of operation

To help mitigate risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to serve our students and community, most testing services normally offered on campus are being provided primarily using virtual or remote methods. Testing services are available through appointment only. You can call (810) 989-5555, email testing@sc4.edu.

On-campus testing appointments are available according to this schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (NOTE: 4:30 to 7 p.m. by appointment only)
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All testing is done by appointment; no “walk-in” tests are done. On days where late hours (after 4:30 p.m.) are offered, the Testing Center may close earlier if no testing appointments are scheduled. Please call ahead at (810) 989-5555 to make sure someone will be present before coming in for other services such as photo IDs, etc.

Please allow the necessary time to complete your test. In other words, if your test will take two hours to complete, you should schedule your test to begin at least two hours before the Testing Center closes.

Faculty may arrange testing for their courses by calling (810) 989-5555. Please allow adequate time before your scheduled test or exam to ensure staff coverage can be arranged.

Testing Center Rules

In order to ensure that all tests are taken fairly, the following items may not be taken into the Testing Center:

  • Cell phones
  • Electronic devices, including:
    • All watches and fitness bands
    • Calculators (unless specifically allowed on a test or exam)
  • Backpacksbook bagspurses, or other bags or containers
  • Coats of any kind
  • Scarvesgloves, or mittens
  • Hats or other headgear
  • Shirts or sweatshirts with deep pockets or hoods

Also, food is not allowed in the Testing Center.

Due to requirements from some of our testing providers, you may be asked to turn your pockets inside out to show that nothing is contained in them. Testing Center staff will not touch or “frisk” test takers during the check-in process.

Only approved testing materials are allowed in the Testing Center.

Exceptions may be made for documented accommodations needs or religious reasons. Please discuss any needed exceptions with the Testing Center staff in advance of your test by calling (810) 989-5555. Last-minute accommodations may not be possible.

Testing Services

Starting in Fall 2021, incoming students (other than high school guests or some transfer students) will need to submit SAT or ACT scores or take a placement exam in the SC4 Testing Center to be placed into their first English writing and mathematics class at SC4. Click the button below for details on this process.

If you have questions about English or mathematics placement or course prerequisites, contact an academic advisor.

SC4 periodically administers the ACT standardized examination on campus for area high school students. Call the Testing Center at (810) 989-5555 or check the ACT website for upcoming administration dates.

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The College Level Examination Program is a group of standardized tests created and administered by the College Board. These tests assess college-level knowledge in thirty-six subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses.

Acceptance of CLEP exams for SC4 credit (PDF)

Special notes for CLEP exams

College Composition Modular with Essay

This CLEP exam must be taken at the SC4 Testing Center in order to attempt to test out of SC4’s ENG 101 (College Composition I) course. The multiple-choice portion of the exam requires a score of at least 50 to pass that section; the written essays are then assessed by members of SC4’s English faculty, who use a standard of an “A” grade paper to determine whether the student passes the essay section. Students must pass both sections (multiple-choice and essay) at the required standard in order to receive credit for ENG 101.

SC4 no longer administers the Compass placement tests from ACT. Beginning in September 2016, we have replaced Compass with Accuplacer (see above). SC4 does, however, still accept Compass placement scores that were taken before that date, and any Compass scores already in our system (whether taken at SC4 or elsewhere) remain valid for placement.

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SC4 periodically administers the SAT standardized examination on campus for area high school students. Call the Testing Center at (810) 989-5555 or check the College Board for upcoming administration dates.

Some of SC4’s academic departments offer the opportunity to test out of a course or obtain credit for prior knowledge or experience through a test. The Testing Center administers many of these exams.

The Testing Center proctors tests and exams for on-campus classes, allowing students to take a test at a convenient time outside of regular classroom hours. Your instructor will give you information about how and when you take these tests.

The Testing Center also proctors tests and exams for online classes that require an in-person test or exam that can’t be taken online. Your instructor will give you information about how and when you take these tests.

SC4’s Testing Center cooperates with other colleges and universities, both in Michigan and beyond, to administer and proctor tests and exams. Many of these tests are for online courses offered by another school but requiring a supervised testing environment. Your instructor for an external course will give you information about how and when you take these tests.

The ACT WorkKeys is a skills assessment test for those who are interested in or are currently working for employers that place an emphasis on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which is the credential achieved by those who successfully complete the exam.