In order for students to begin classes at Community College of Philadelphia, the first step to enrollment is to take the ACCUPLACER test to determine the most appropriate starting level of both English and math. The taking of this placement test is required of all new degree-seeking students who do not qualify for a test waiver. Do you qualify for a test waiver?
Please take a moment to look at the test descriptions below. They will help give you an idea of what to expect on the actual placement test.
Overall, the placement test consists of two parts: an English or ESL Part and a Math Part.
If your primary spoken language is other than English, you may be asked to take the ESL part, which includes ESL Listening, ESL Writing and ESL Reading Skills sections.
On the other hand, if you are a native English speaker, you will be asked to take the English part, which includes English Writing (Writeplacer) and English Reading Comprehension (Next-Generation Reading) Sections.
Finally, the Math Part consists of three sections:
- Next-Generation Arithmetic
- Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
- Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)
Depending on your performance, you may be asked to take one, two, or all three sections of the Math test.
All parts and sections of the placement test are computer-based, and offered at the Main Campus and Regional Centers. No computer skills are required. You simply use the mouse to click on the answer.
English and ESL Writing Sections
In the English or ESL writing sections, you will have 60 minutes to write about a topic you will be given that day. Topics are chosen randomly. The writing sample is then scored by ACCUPLACER; if necessary, it may also be reviewed by members of the English Department who are trained to read and evaluate placement essays. Your essay will be read by at least one faculty member, who will rescore your essay for placement. The combined scores of the faculty reader and ACCUPLACER, together with your score on either the Next-Generation Reading or ESL Reading Skills section, will be used to determine your placement in English classes.
Reading Comprehension, ESL Reading Skills, ESL Listening and the Math Sections (computerized):
The Next-Generation Reading, ESL Reading Skills, and ESL Listening sections are comprised of 20 questions each and are untimed, allowing you to work at you own pace.
The Math Part begins with either the Next-Generation Arithmetic or QAS section and may progress to AAF, depending on your skills. Each math section may consist from 17 to 25 questions.
Taking the Test
While the sections are untimed (except the English or ESL Writing section, which is limited to one hour), you should plan on spending at least two hours taking the tests.
You will have two options for taking the ACCUPLACER test:
- In-person (following Philadelphia's COVID social distancing guidelines). A limited number of appointments are available for in-person testing. Please contact the Assessment Center by email at email@example.com to schedule an in-person test.
- Online with remote proctoring via Zoom. If you want to take the test online, applicants should check their CCP email for an email from the Admissions Office with directions on how to schedule a remote testing appointment.
When you have finished the required sections of the placement tests, you will receive your placement results and instructions on how to login to your Online Orientation. The Online Orientation will provide information on financial aide, registration, payment options and college resources.
Test Prep Sites
Besides the official ACCUPLACER site and the study APP, other test prep sites for the Placement Test may be accessed on the internet by typing "ACCUPLACER Practice" from any browser search field. A number of sites will be listed, some for English and some for Math. Any of the free sites provide valuable practice opportunities; there is not need to use any site for which you need to pay a fee. Some of the better sites are as follows: