The Computerized Placement Test (CPT) is used to determined where first-time college students stand academically. Consisting of math, reading and English questions, the CPT evaluates whether or not students are ready to begin college-level courses. Students who do not receive passing scores on one or more of these sections are required to begin college with college-preparatory courses rather than being allowed to take college courses. The CPT is taken in a proctored setting on a college campus. It is not timed and your scores are given to you immediately after you have completed your test.

Reading Your Sentence Skills Scores

Step 1

Locate the section of your CPT test results for your Sentence Skills.

Step 2

Read your Sentence Skills score, which is a number between 20 and 120.

Step 3

Determine which category applies to your Sentence Skills score. Your score will fall into one of the following four categories: 20-57: You must take two semesters of college-prep composition classes prior to taking regular college composition classes. 58-82: You must take one semester of college-prep composition classes prior to taking regular credit-hour college composition classes. 83-120: You are not required to take any college-prep composition classes. 112-120: You are qualified to take honors composition courses, if you choose.

Reading Your Reading Scores

Step 1

Locate the Reading section of your CPT test results.

Step 2

Read your Reading scores, which will fall between 20 and 120.

Step 3

Determine which category applies to your score. Your score will fall into one of the following four categories: 20-53: You must take two semesters of college-prep reading classes. 54-82: You must take one semester of college-prep reading classes. 83-120: You do not have to take any college-prep courses and you qualify for a Critical Thinking course, REA 1205, which is not available to all students. 95-120: You are not required to take any college-prep courses but you do qualify for the Critical Thinking course and the IDS Program, which is a Ph.D. program for world-class scholars.

Reading your Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Math Scores

Step 1

Locate the Arithmetic section of your CPT results.

Step 2

Read your Arithmetic scores, which will fall between 20 and 120.

Step 3

Choose which category applies to your score. Your score will fall into one of the following two categories: 20-64: You must take two semesters of college-prep math classes. 65-120: You must take one semester of college-prep math.

The only way to avoid taking any college-prep math classes is to score a 72 or higher on the Elementary Algebra section of your CPT. Arithmetic scores are not taken into consideration should you score well on the Elementary Algebra section.

Step 4

Search for your Elementary Algebra score on your test results page. If you scored 20-71, refer to your Arithmetic scores for your math course placement. If your score is between 72-120, you will forgo taking the Elementary Algebra course and start with Intermediate Algebra.

Step 5

Find your College Math score. If it is between 20-40, refer to your Elementary Algebra scores to determine your college math placement. Scores 41-61 allow you to forgo any algebra courses and start with Calculus, Mathematics for Liberal Arts and/or Statistics. Scores 62-120 qualify you for the same courses as scores 41-61 as well as higher courses, if they are available at your academic institution or as determined by your academic adviser.