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What Are Placement Tests?

Before entering Community College of Philadelphia and registering for classes, you will need to take a placement test if you do not qualify for a test waiver. 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.

Test Waivers

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

  • You already have a college degree from an accredited college, and you have requested an official transcript be sent to the Transfer Credit and Evaluation Office, Room MG-17
  • You 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 need to take the placement tests. 

The placement tests are very important because the results—in writing, reading and math—are used to determine if you will be placed into college-level courses. If not, you may first need to enroll in developmental classes or pre-college workshops, for which you do not earn credit toward a degree program. Good performance on this test makes you exempt from taking remedial mathematics and English courses, which do not count toward a degree or certificate.

Continue reading for information on online scheduling, test times and locations, and contacting the placement test offices.

Learn more about what you can expect to find on the actual test.

For students who score in the level one category on the placement test, learn more about what this means and what to do next.

Schedule Your Placement Test Online

You may schedule your placement test date through your MyCCP student account.

Attend a Drop-In Session at the Main Campus

Applicants to the College may attend a drop-in placement test in Room BG-14, in the Bonnell Building on the Main Campus anytime on Tuesday or Thursday between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Times and Locations

IMPORTANT: Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the testing time and have a valid state ID, driver’s license or high school ID. We also offer special accommodations for those with disabilities. ESL testing is only done on the Main Campus.

Main Campus

1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Bonnell Building, Ground Floor, Room BG-14
Center hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Scheduled tests are given Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the academic year, and Monday and Wednesday during summer sessions.

Drop-in tests are offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please call 215.751.8010 to check availability.

Northeast Regional Center

12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

Test days and times vary from month to month. Please call 215.972.6372 to check availability.

Northwest Regional Center

1300 West Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141 (at Broad and Godfrey near the Eye Institute)

Tests are given on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Evening tests rotate biweekly. Call 215.751.8773 for more information.

West Regional Center

4725 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Tests are given on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on a biweekly basis. One evening test per month is given beginning at 5 p.m. Call 267.299.5850 for more information.

Contact the Assessment Center

For general information regarding placement testing please contact the Assessment Center at assessmentcenter@ccp.edu