Academic Advising Placement Testing

Placement Testing

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.

The following nationally formed instruments can be administered: 
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

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 $15 administration fee. Military personnel wishing to take a CLEP test may qualify for DANTES funds.

COMPASS: Fort Riley students only. A computerized placement test to determine the level of math, English, and reading in which a student would be most successful.

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.

ASSET: A 25-minuted timed test used for placement into specific English and math classes.

Tests Administered Through Other Testing Agencies 
Automotive Service Excellence Exam (ASE)