Testing Center FAQs

What does the Testing Center do?

ACC offers a variety of testing for students:

  1. Instructional testing is available for students who need to take make-up tests and any telecourse or online class tests where the student may need a proctored environment.
  2. College Placement Testing is mandated by Community Colleges of Colorado Board Policy for community college students who are either: Degree seeking and seeking certificates, this includes continuing students who switch from unknown to degree seeking; and/or Enrolling in College-level English or math. For Study Guides, please see the online study resource.
  3. GED Testing for students planning to take the GED High School Equivalency Examination. GED preparation classes are run through ACC's Community Education Department.
  4. Professional community members and online distance learners may use the testing center to take certifications or out of state class exams. The costs vary and appointments are needed please contact the Testing Center for further information at 303-797-5993.
  5. Testing candidates seeking credit for prior learning may take CLEP and DSST (Dantes) which will give you additional college credits towards your degree.
  6. All tests require a photo ID
  7. ACC Testing Candidates who are approved or need approval for accommodations must contact Student Access Services

What is a college placement test?

It is an assessment test. If you wish to enroll in an ACC certificate or degree program, you may be required to complete a placement assessment in English and mathematics. Assessment helps you and your Advisor select courses appropriate for your educational background and, in the long term, will help you succeed in college. Visit the ACC Testing Center for further information.

If you are unsure if your program has a college placement test requirement, consult an Academic Advisor. You may satisfy the college placement test requirement by showing proficiency through ACT or SAT scores, or prior college learning. The college placement test, SAT, and ACT scores are only valid for five years.

What do my placement test scores mean?

The Community College Placement test scores determine your readiness for college level math and English work. Students who do not test directly into college level English or math courses will be required to take College Preparatory courses. For further information, visit the Developmental Studies Web page.

What if I need to take a placement test and I'm out of state?

A placement test can be completed with a proctor at a local Accuplacer certified institution or remotely through a paid virtual proctor. View the instructions for additional information.