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CCAC Placement Testing

The placement test allows us to place you into the classes that are right for you! These tests are not an entrance exam, but a way to ensure that you are taking the classes you need to be successful in your college courses!

These tests are free for you to take and are done online. There is not a set date or time to take the test. However, taking them sooner will allow you to register for classes sooner! Tests can be only taken once. For detailed, step-by-step directions on registering and taking the placement test, go to CCAC's Help Center

Before you register

Registering for the Tests

Register with the same email and password you used to fill out your CCAC Admission's Application. 

Reading Test

The Reading placement test consists of 24 questions each worth 1 point. You will have 60 minutes to complete the test.

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Math Test

The Math placement test consists of a series of 30 minute exams with increasing difficulty. These tests could take up to 3 hours to complete. The test must be fully completed and finished within 48 hours of beginning your first exam. Calculators are only permitted as an accommodation.

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Taking the test

After you have registered, you will receive an email letting you know you have been registered and placed into the  placement tests. This could take up to 24 hours before you receive the email. You will then need to create your NetID (CCAC username), using your 7-digit student number from your welcome email.

Once your NetID has been created, go to CCAC's Blackboard site and log in with your NetID username and password. Under My Courses, you will see the placement test(s) that you signed up for. 


Writing Practice Placement Test


Reading Practice Placement Test


Each math section has a pre-test that you complete before taking the actual test.

Arithmetic Practice Placement Test 

Algebra Practice Placement Test 

Advanced Algebra Practice Placement Test 

If you are taking math placement test(s), it is strongly recommended that you also practice at the following: 
Cool MathPurple MathKhan Academy.

After taking the tests

You will receive an email letting you know your scores have been applied to your student account and now you can meet with an academic advisor (through Zoom) to discuss your education plan and register for classes. Then you will need to complete online student orientation



If American English is not your native language, you should take the EAL (English as an Academic Language) placement test, instead of the Reading Placement Test. You will meet with Dr. Anyango who will assist you to set up a time to take the reading test online. She will also set up a Zoom meeting with you to take the oral test. 

Contact Dr. Anyango-Kivuva at after obtaining your 7-digit student number from the welcome email.

Practice Tests


Writing Practice Placement Test (EAL)


Reading Practice Placement Test (EAL)

Accommodations can be requested for the placement test. You must do this prior to taking any of the tests.

To request accommodations, please contact Supportive Services for Students with Disabilities at 

If you have limited access to a computer or technology to take the placement test or if you do not have internet access or limited access, you can talk with CCAC counselors.

To request technology assistance, please contact


Test Exemptions

You may not need to take all or part of the placement tests if any of the following circumstances apply to you:

  • Students who submit a high school transcript with an unweighted cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.7 or better (or 80% for schools with a percentile grading system) are exempt from taking the English and Reading placement tests and will be placed in ENG 101, English Composition I.
    • Transcript must include the grades from the first half of the senior year in high school or show high school graduation within 5 years of the date the transcript is submitted to be eligible.
    • International, home school and GED documentation are not accepted under this exemption. (Effective Spring 2019)
    • For high schools that do not have an unweighted GPA, the weighted GPA will be used.
  • You already have a college degree.
  • You have already taken college-level English and/or mathematics with a grade of "C" or better.
  • You plan to register for a class or classes that have no specified skill requirements.
  • Students with SAT Verbal test score of 510+ or ACT Verbal test scores of 21+ will be exempt from the reading placement testing, but still must take the English writing test (there is no SAT/ACT exemption for English.) 
  • Students with SAT Math test score of 550+ or ACT Math test score of 21+ will be exempt from developmental math courses, but must complete the placement test if intending to take a course above the Intermediate Algebra MAT-108 level. 
  • Students who have taken the TOEFL or IELTS exams may submit these scores for exemption or placement into English as an Academic Language (EAL) courses.
  • A student may re-test for placement out of a course in which he/she was enrolled after four years.
    • Once a student has re-tested after four years and scores into the same course(s) for which he/she was enrolled, there is no further alternative, regardless of the results.


Need Help or Assistance

Contact CCAC's Admissions department