Establish Your Skill Level

student on campus lawn with laptopBefore you enroll, we ask you to take placement tests to determine your current writing, reading, and math levels, and in some cases, your English proficiency. We use these scores to help you choose the right classes. Tests are conveniently offered in our Testing Center.

These tests could also determine opportunities for you to bypass certain courses you have already mastered, if they are not required for your degree or transfer pathway.

If you’ve recently taken the ACT or SAT:

  • You may use your score to determine your skill level in reading, writing, and math classes.
  • If you choose to use your ACT or SAT scores, you don’t have to take the placement tests below.

Learn more about how we use your ACT/SAT scores.

You are not required to complete a placement test in English or reading comprehension if you have previously attended an accredited US college or university and have earned at least 15 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Reading and Writing Placement

You may complete a Writing Placement or ACCUPLACER (computerized) assessment to determine your skill level in reading and writing. Learn more about the ACCUPLACER assessment or visit the Testing Center to order your test.


The ALEKS PPL is an assessment test that determines which math course you are ready to take. Learn more about the ALEKS assessment or visit the Testing Center to order your test.

English proficiency

We use the CaMLA English Placement Test (EPT), which is an English proficiency test for students whose primary language is not English. Learn more about the CaMLA assessment.

Transfer credit and credit for prior learning

We recognize that you may bring competencies that you gained from other institutions or life experiences, and we want to give you credit for that.