General Information

Attention Students! The Texas Board of Higher Education has removed certain courses from the statewide common course numbering system. To accommodate the changes, ACC will phase out Human Anatomy (BIOL 2304/2101) and Human Physiology (BIOL 2305/2102) and replace them with a two semester sequence of combined Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402). Read more.

Students wishing to take Biology 2304/2101 Human Anatomy must first pass an assessment test with a 70% or higher before they are allowed to enroll in the course.

The above are separate tests. Passing the test for one class does not enable a student to enroll in the other class in the sequence.


Why assessment tests?

The assessment tests evaluate if students have the necessary background material to pass HIGH SCHOOL biology and chemistry perquisites. These courses do not cover basic material and the assessment tests evaluate your knowledge of BASIC BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY.

Our data indicates that students who enroll in these courses without this basic knowledge do not succeed, losing the time and money they invested.

Historically, students who have a good grounding in basic high school level biology and chemistry, as assessed on the assessment tests, have a much higher success rate (defined as earning a "C" or higher) final grade) in subsequent anatomy and physiology courses.

We are required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to give the assessment tests to ALL students without exception. Your background and prior course work are not relevent and do not count as a basis for exception.


What is covered on the assessment tests?

The Human Anatomy assessment tests cover the pertinent state-wide objectives of high school biology. 
Anatomy Assessment Test Objectives

The Human Physiology assessment tests cover the pertinent state-wide objectives of high school chemistry. 
Physiology Assessment Test Objectives


Who has to take the assessment tests?

Passing the Anatomy Assessment is required BEFORE any student can enroll in BIOL 2304/2101.

Passing the Physiology Assessment is required>BEFORE any student can enroll in BIOL 2305/2102.

There are no exceptions for taking and passing the assessment requirement even if you already have a science degree. We are required by the Texas HECB to give the assessment tests to ALL students.


How do I prepare for the assessment?

Review the objectives for the assessment (see the links above.) Need additional help? Test Preparation


When do I take the assessment?

You have three (3) semesters before you plan to take the course to take and pass the associated assessment.

For example, if you plan to take BIOL 2304/2101 Human Anatomy during a fall semester, you must take and pass the Anatomy Assessment during the prior Fall, Spring or Summer semester.


Where do I take the assessment and when?

At any ACC testing center Testing Centers


What is the cost?

The first attempt for the Anatomy Assessment is FREE. Subsequent attempts are $20 each. Attempts are limited to three (3) per semester.

The first attempt for the Physiology Assessment is FREE. Subsequent attemps are $20 each. Attempts are limited to three (3) per semester.
Find out more information at ACC Testing Centers


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