Academic Advising Placement Testing

Placement Testing

The following testing procedure will take effect beginning September 1, 2016:

  1. NO cell phones are allowed in the test center.   
  2. Student must show photo ID.  

Placement testing determines readiness for college level coursework. Students entering college for the first time without SAT, ACT, Accuplacer or ASSET scores must take the Accuplacer or ASSET test. Students must have test scores on file if they are pursuing a certificate or associate's degree or are enrolling in a general education class requiring specific test scores. Test scores will be used to place students in the appropriate English, Reading or Math course.  Individuals requiring testing accommodations due to disability should contact or call (620) 786-1102

Students taking these tests should understand the high-stakes nature of these tests in determining their placement in college classes. These tests measure academic capability and should not be confused with tests measuring intelligence or ability. Testing provides both the student and the advisor an effective tool to assure academic success. Through enrollment in proper courses, students are more likely to meet their academic goals.

Placement Testing FAQ 

Preparing for Your Placement Test

ACT Test Prep 
Accuplacer Sample Reading and Math Problems 
Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Practice 
Accuplacer Study Guide
Practice Testing 
Math Practice Testing
Math and Language Arts Practice
ESL practice

Placement Scores Advising Matrix   |   Assessment Placement Policy & Procedures

Instructor Assigned Testing: Student Services may conduct other assessments or testing as required by individual instructors or departments.

ACT: An entry-level test required by many colleges. Administered at Barton in October, December, April, and June, fee paid directly to ACT. Students may register by going to

SAT: An entry-level test required by many colleges.  Students may register at

The following nationally normed instruments can be administered: 
Testing for non-Barton students is available for a fee of $25 per test/per sitting

ACCUPLACER: Great Bend Campus students only. A computerized untimed placement test used to determine the level of math, English, and reading in which a student would be most successful.

CLEP & DANTES: An instrument provided by Education Testing Service which allows you to receive credit for informal learning by "testing out" of entry-level classes. Primarily designed for the adult student; fees paid directly to CollegeBoard/CLEP. Barton charges a $25 administration fee. Military personnel wishing to take a CLEP test may qualify for DANTES funds.

Tests Administered Through Other Testing Agencies 
ASE - Automotive Service Excellence Exam
TEAS - Nursing Entrance Exam.  Available to non-Barton students with testing fee and permission from Nursing Department.