Our college placement test covers English and math topics. If you are not submitting your current ACT/SAT scores, the Colorado Community College System requires you take a college placement test to determine your readiness for college-level courses. This test will also help you determine which math and English classes you should take. This assessment is a great first step into college and can help you begin your successful educational journey.
The College Placement Test Facts
- Our college placement test consists of two sections:
- English: this section is comprised of 25 multiple choice questions on reading and an essay on an assigned topic. View the study resources available for the English test.
- Math: this section is comprised of an adaptive 30-question basic algebra test followed by a 35-question diagnostic test. Calculators are embedded in the test for certain questions. (Handheld calculators are not allowed.) View the study resources available for the Math test.
- The test is not timed, but takes approximately three hours to complete.
What math pathway do you need to take for your degree or certificate? This is important for choosing the correct math study materials for your test prep.
- View the Math Matrix to determine what pathway your program requires.
- It is recommended to take the two sections on separate days to avoid testing fatigue.
- Cost is $10 for any testing session.
- Placement testing is done By Appointment Only. Appointments for the math the section require you knowing which math pathway you are on. Refer to the Math Matrix. You can take the test at any of our campuses (Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock).
- ACC will continue to accept Accuplacer scores along with our new Community College Placement Test scores.
Do I Need to Take the College Placement Test?
You may not need to take the college placement test if you have submitted ACT/SAT, CLEP or DSST scores, you have prior college level or approved IB or AP course work, or approved UEXCEL exams. Visit the Do I Need to Test page for more details or talk to a Testing Center Specialist.
Be Prepared to Succeed On Your College Placement Test
Whether you are taking the college placement test of the first time or retaking it to improve your scores, we have tips and resources that can help you do your best, such as:
Next Steps After Taking the College Placement Test
- Discuss your scores and course placement with an Academic Advisor
- Attend New Student Orientation (if needed)
- Register for Classes
- Complete remaining steps on the Registration Checklist
What happens if I didn't place into a Math course?
Don't stress. If you're willing to put in the work to get caught up on what you need to know, we'll work with you to get you into the Math course you need. Take our Online Skills Review and complete all Post-Tests with an 80% or higher. Learn more about the Math Online Skill Builder.