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What Are Placement Tests?

Before entering Community College of Philadelphia and registering for classes, you will need to take a placement test if you do not qualify for a test waiver.

Test scores are valid for two years. Students must be retested after a two-year period unless they have received a grade in an entry level English or Math course. Those students with expired scores who have received grades in entry level English or Math courses have the option to retest. Admissions tests for select programs and placement tests for specific courses are also administered.

Test Waivers

You are exempt from taking placement tests if you are interested in taking courses for which testing is not required, such as noncredit Professional Development programs, OR by submitting one of the following:

  • A minimum old* SAT score of 510 in English (or a new SAT score of 560 in Evidence Based Reading/Writing) and an old* SAT score of 470 in mathematics (or a new SAT score of 510 in mathematics), or a minimum ACT score of 21 in English and 17 in mathematics, taken within the last five years. (* SAT scores before March 2016)
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Lit/Com Exam, or a score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam, taken within the last five years.
  • A minimum IBT (internet based TOEFL) score of 77 overall and a 20 in writing, taken within the last two years.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall and a 6.0 in writing, taken within the last two years.
  • An official transcript indicating you have earned a U.S. college degree or have passed college-level English or math with a grade of “C” or higher at an accredited U.S. college or university.

All documents (transcripts and test scores) submitted for placement should be emailed or mailed to:

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Transfer Credit and Placement Office, MG-17
Philadelphia, PA 19130

If you are not exempt, you need to take the placement tests.

Take a Practice Test

The placement tests are very important because the results—in English and math—are used to determine if you will be placed into college-level courses. If not, you may first need to enroll in developmental classes or pre-college workshops, for which you do not earn credit toward a degree program. Good performance on this test makes you exempt from taking pre-college level mathematics and English courses, which do not count toward a degree or certificate.

We HIGHLY recommend that you:

Visit the official ACCUPLACER site

Download the free ACCUPLACER Study APP


Test Structure

FALL 2017 Times and Locations

IMPORTANT: Please arrive with a valid state ID, driver’s license or high school ID. We also offer special accommodations for those with disabilities.

Main Campus

1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Bonnell Building, Ground Floor, Room BG-14

The Assessment Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For testing information and inquiries, the Assessment Center's front desk staff will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Drop-in placement tests are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scheduled placement tests are offered on Monday through Thursday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

Saturday placement tests are offered at 9 a.m. on:

    • October 21, 2017
    • November 18, 2017
    • December 9, 2017
    • February 3, 2018
    • March 24, 2018
    • April 14, 2018
    • August 25, 2018

You may schedule your placement test date through your MyCCP student account. Please call 215.751.8010 for more information.

Northeast Regional Center

12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

Scheduled testing occurs every Wednesday. Testing times will alternate between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (first week) and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (second week) and so on, starting the first week of every month. Please note there are no drop-in placement tests. 

Saturday tests are offered at 9 a.m. on:

    • October 14, 2017
    • November 4, 2017
    • December 2, 2017
    • February 17, 2018
    • March 31, 2018
    • April 28, 2018

You may schedule your placement test date through your MyCCP student account. Please call 215.751.8010 for more information.

Northwest Regional Center

1300 West Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141 (at Broad and Godfrey near the Eye Institute)

Scheduled testing occurs every Tuesday. Testing times will alternate between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (first week) and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (second week) and so on, starting the first week of every month.  Please note there are no drop-in placement tests. 

Saturday tests are offered at 9 a.m. on:

  • October 28, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 21, 2018

You may schedule your placement test date through your MyCCP student account. Please call 215.751.8010 for more information.

West Regional Center

4725 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Scheduled testing occurs every Thursday. Testing times will alternate between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (first week) and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (second week) and so on, starting the first week of every month. Please note there are no drop-in placement tests.

You may schedule your placement test date through your MyCCP student account. Please call 215.751.8010 for more information.

Contact the Assessment Center

For general information regarding placement testing please contact the Assessment Center at assessmentcenter@ccp.edu