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Placement Test FAQs

What does the test cost?

The placement test is free.

How long is the test?

The length of the test varies depending on individual situations. Typically, the entire process takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

Who must take the placement test?

Test scores are valid for two years. Students must be retested after a two-year period unless they have successfully completed an English and/or mathematics course (received a grade of "P03," "C," or above). Admissions tests for select programs and placement tests for specific courses are also administered.

You are exempt from taking placement tests if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You have already earned a college degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You have earned a college degree or have passed college-level English or math with a grade of "C" or higher at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Within the last two years, you received a minimum SAT score of 510 in English and 470 in mathematics, or a minimum ACT score of 21 in English and 17 in mathematics.
  • Within the last two years, you received a minimum IBT (internet-based TOEFL) score of 77 overall and a 20 in writing.
  • Within the last two years, you received a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall and a 6.0 in writing.
  • You are interested in taking courses for which testing is not required, such as noncredit Professional Development programs.
  • You are eligible for the Senior Citizen program.

If you are not exempt, you must take a reading, writing and mathematics test to determine which classes will best meet your needs before your enroll in classes.

How am I scheduled for the test?

After submitting a completed application, you will receive a letter with instructions to schedule the test through MyCCP.  Or you may attend a drop-in placement test in Room BG-14, in the Bonnell Building on the Main Campus on Tuesday or Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  If you have to reschedule your appointment, please call 215.751.8010.

When do I receive the results of the test?

Your placement test results will be ready in approximately two business days. In order to maintain the confidentiality of student records, placement scores cannot be given to you over the phone. When you come in for your registration session, you will be given your placement scores.

Are there special tests for English as a Second Language (ESL) students?

Before registering for classes in ESL, you must take the ESL placement test. The ESL English placement test consists of three parts: ESL listening, ESL reading, and ESL writing.

For more information about the ESL test, visit the ACT/COMPASS website.

For more information about our ESL program services, please visit the ESL Progam and the English Department websites.

For pre-college level ESL course information, please visit the ESL Institute website.

Can students with disabilities arrange to have special accommodations during the placement test?

You may contact the Center on Disability at 215.751.8050 in order to make arrangements for special testing accommodations.