CCD Course Placement Tests

About the Exams

You can complete placement testing at the Testing Center for

  • Math & English course placement into stand-alone math & English courses,
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) course placement, and
  • Foreign language course placement.

*All placement test scores are valid for five (5) years.

You are required to schedule a testing appointment at least 24 hours in advance. No exceptions will be made. If you do not have a testing appointment, you will not be able to take your exam.

Should you require testing accommodations approved by the Accessibility Center, you must schedule your appointments at the Accessibility Center (Confluence Building, Room 121).

English Placement Test

The English Placement Test has three sections: reading comprehension, sentence skills, and essay.

FORMAT OF TEST

The test is adaptive, computer-based, multiple-choice, and untimed. Some students may be required to complete an untimed writing sample to better assess your English writing skills.  

  • 20 Reading Comprehension Questions 
  • 20 Sentence Skills Questions 
  • 1 Essay 

TIME LIMIT

There is no time limit, but the average amount of time necessary to complete the test is about 45-60 minutes to complete all three sections

ID REQUIREMENT

A valid government issued photo ID. 

COST

There is a $10 fee per attempt. 

RESULTS

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. Writing sample assessment results (if required) will be available in seven to ten business days.

RETEST INFORMATION

The exam can be taken up to three times in two years. Students must schedule all exams 24 hours in advance online.   

Math Placement Test

FORMAT OF TEST

The test is adaptive, computer-based, multiple-choice, and untimed. Some students may be prompted to complete the College-Level Mathematics test to better assess your math skills.  

  • 17 Arithmetic Questions 
  • 12 Elementary Algebra Questions 
  • 20 College-Level Mathematics Questions

TIME LIMIT

There is no time limit, but the average amount of time necessary to complete all three sections of the test is about 60-90 minutes.

ID REQUIREMENT

A valid government issued photo ID. 

COST

There is a $10 fee per attempt. 

RESULTS

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. 

RETEST INFORMATION

The exam can be taken up to three times in two years. Students must schedule all exams 24 hours in advance online.

Biology Challenge Test

Are you looking to skip ahead in your Biology courses? If you do not have the indicated prerequisites to enroll into BIO 201, BIO 202, or BIO 204, you need to take the Biology Challenge Test. These are not credit bearing tests. 

The Testing Center offers three different Biology Challenge Tests.

FORMAT OF TEST

BIOLOGY 201/204 Placement Test

CCD Testing Center is offering a BIO 201/204 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I or MICROBIOLOGY placement test. This test was developed by the CCD Biology Department. It is designed for those who do not have BIO 111 (the prerequisite for BIO 201 or BIO 204) but want to take a BIO 201 or BIO 204 class. The passing score is 35/50 (70%).

Note: This test does not give credit for BIO 111 courses.

BIOLOGY 202 Placement Test

CCD Testing Center is offering a BIO 202 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II placement test. This test was developed by CCD Biology Department. It is designed for those who do not have BIO 201 (the prerequisite for BIO 202) but want to take a BIO 202 class. The passing score is 35/50 (70%). Note: This test does not give credit for BIO 201.

BIOLOGY 204 Placement Test

CCD Testing Center is offering a BIO 204 MICROBIOLOGY placement test. This test was developed by CCD Biology Department. It is designed for those who do not have BIO 111 or BIO 202 (the prerequisites for BIO 204) but want to take a BIO 204 class. The passing score is 35/50 (70%). Note: This test does not give credit for BIO 111 or BIO 202 courses.

TIME LIMIT

There is a 90 minute time limit. The test has 50 multiple choice questions. 

ID REQUIREMENT

A valid government issued photo ID. 

COST

There is a $30.00 fee for each test. This can be paid by cash, check, or credit card.

RESULTS

The test will be scored immediately upon completion and scores are provided upon request.

RETEST INFORMATION

Students scoring between 32 – 34 may retake the test on the following business day. Students scoring below 32 must wait one term to retake this exam.  

Download the outlines of these tests.

English as A Second Language Placement Test

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test has three sections: reading skills, listening comprehension, and grammar.

Format of Test

The test is adaptive, computer-based, multiple-choice, and untimed. Some students may be required to complete an untimed writing sample to better assess your English writing skills.  

  • 20 Reading Skills Questions 
  • 20 Listening Comprehension Questions 
  • 75 Grammar Questions 

Time Limit

There is no time limit, but the average amount of time necessary to complete the test is about 30-45 minutes per section. 

ID Requirement

A valid government issued photo ID. 

Cost

There is a $10 fee per attempt. 

Results

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. Writing sample assessment results (if required) will be available in seven to ten business days.

Retest Information

The exam can be taken up to three times in two years. Students must schedule all exams 24 hours in advance online.  

*The test is not available for international students.

How to Make an ESL Testing Appointment

Click on Schedule Your Appointment.

  • Step 1: Choose a group, click on Placement Testing.
  • Step 2: Choose a group, click on Placement Tests: ESL.
  • Step 3: Choose an exam, click on Placement Tests: ESL.
  • Step 4: Choose a date for your exam, click on the calendar and then click on the date that you want to take the exam. 
  • Step 5: Choose a Time, click on the time that you want to start the exam.  **You should plan on at least 1 hour for each section of the test, but there is no time limit. The Testing Center closes at 5:00 p.m.  If you are not finished with your exam by 5:00 p.m., you will need to come back on another day to finish it.
  • Step 6: Who is taking the exam?, type your first name, last name, and email address.
  • Step 7: Exam guideline acknowledgment, read the information and then click in the box: "I agree to follow the above guidelines"
  • Step 8: Needed Information, type your phone number and then click in the box next to the ESL test section/s you want to take.
  • Step 9: Click on Add to Cart
  • Step 10: A new screen will appear. Click on Complete Registration.

Check you email account; you should have a message confirming your appointment date and time.

Foreign Language Placement Test

If you already know some of the basics in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese, take this assessment to help determine your skill level. This test places you into a foreign language course level; it does not give credit for foreign language classes. 

Format of Test

This test is computer-based and contains multiple choice questions. 

Time Limit

There is no time limit, but the average amount of time necessary to complete the test is about 30 minutes.   

ID Requirement

A valid government issued photo ID. 

Cost

There is a $10 fee for the Foreign Language Placement Tests for both first time and retakes. 

Results

Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. 

Retest Information

The exam can be taken up to three times in two years. Students must wait at least 24 hours between attempts. 

If you are already proficient in a language, consider taking the CLEP test to get college credit. Learn more about foreign language classes at CCD.