Placement Test

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.

Placement Test Facts

  • Our college placement test consists of two sections:
    • English: this section is comprised of 20 multiple choice questions on English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence skills. View the study resources available for the English test.
    • Math: this section is comprised of an adaptive 12-14-question elementary algebra test. Depending on the score, additional questions may populate. 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 one and a half hours to complete.
  • 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 on a walk in basis during the week and by appointment only on Saturday on the main campus. Appointments are required on the Parker and Castle Rock campuses. ACC accepts Accuplacer scores from other colleges for Sentence Skills, Elementary Algebra, Arithmetic, College Level math. We do not accept Compass 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

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.