Online Orientation - Academics & Placement Assessment

In this section, you'll find information about the types of degrees offered and some of the requirements to apply.


In a nutshell, we have two types of academic areas: Arts & Sciences (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees) and Career & Technical Education (Certificates, Diplomas, and Associate of Applied Science degrees).

To finish most degrees in two years, students typically enroll in 15-18 credits per semester. Rule of Thumb: for every hour you are in class, you need to study two hours outside of the classroom. Speaking of in-class time, a three credit hour class will meet three hours per week. It could be Monday, Wednesday, Friday for an hour or Tuesday, Thursday for an hour and a half, or one night per week for three hours.

Confused? That's okay! Visit with one of our student success advocates. They are available to guide you through degree planning.

Our College Catalog is available in electronic format on our website. Inside, you will find the curriculum (classes needed for your diploma/degree program) and course descriptions of all college credit classes. You can use this curriculum to track your progress towards graduation. In addition, you will find important information for your academic success: placement charts, policies, graduation requirements, etc.

Associate of Arts/Associates of Science Degrees

The AA/AS degrees are popular with students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. These degrees offer students the most flexibility in course selection and personal interest. SCC has signed several articulation agreements (2+2, dual-admissions, admission partnership plans) with area colleges to provide a seamless transfer process. Students can also map how classes transfer using our Transfer Guides. Students are responsible for checking with their transfer institution regarding acceptance of the AA/AS degree and transferability of classes.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

These programs have been designed to give students practical skills in an area of specialization to help them enter the workforce after completing the program. In some cases, there may be an opportunity to transfer some courses for a more advanced degree. Please visit with your Student Success Advocate to learn if this opportunity exists for your area of interest. In most Career & Technical Education programs, our advisory boards and faculty have developed a specific plan of study to meet the needs of employers.

Placement Assessment

Southeastern Community College has adopted mandatory placement standards for mathematics, English, and reading. All degree-seeking students must complete ALEKS (math) and the Writeplacer module in Next Generation Accuplacer. Because additional placement scores are needed for English and Reading, students have the option to complete the Next Generation Accuplacer Writing and Reading modules or they may submit their ACT or SAT scores in English and reading. The Next Generation Accuplacer (Writeplacer, Next Generation Writing, and Next Generation Reading) and ALEKS (math) tests are given free of charge. To schedule an appointment for your assessments in Keokuk call 319-313-1943 or in West Burlington call 319-208-5155.

Assessment scores are valid for two years provided the student has been continuously enrolled. Students with scores older than two years will need to test again. Students with scores below an established level are strongly encouraged to enroll in developmental course(s) in their first term of enrollment. If students test below the needed score for the transferable writing or math course, they may retake the assessment to attempt a higher score. Several career education programs also have minimum standards for admission and/or acceptance.

Please review the placement guidelines established by the SCC faculty.

If you need to take the placement assessments, view the testing schedule and contact information.

Placement Assessment Review

Click on the links below to review and practice your reading, writing and math skills. See study material, sample questions and even take practice tests.

Reading and Writing Review: Accuplacer Student Practice

Math Skills Review: Khan Academy, ALEKS

If you decide you would like more help with math, reading and/or English after studying these review pages, please contact the Testing Center at 319-313-1943 (Keokuk), or 319-208-5155 (West Burlington).

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