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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 passing grade in an entry level English or Math course. Those student with expired scores who have attempted but not received a passing grade 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 SAT score of 560 in English and 510 in mathematics, or a minimum ACT score of 21 in English and 17 in mathematics, taken within the last five years.
  • 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.
  • An official high school transcript with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater can satisfy placement into English 101 standalone (Level 6).
  • An official high school transcript with a minimum grade of C in Algebra II or a higher math course and an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater can satisfy placement into Foundational Math 118.

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

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
215.751.8006

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Drop-in placement testing is offered from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drop-in placement testing is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday testing events will be held on the following dates. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • October 20, 2018
  • November 10, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • August 24, 209

For testing information and inquiries, the Assessment Center's front desk staff will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

For general information regarding placement testing please contact the Assessment Center by phone at 215.751.8006 or by email at assessmentcenter@ccp.edu 

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

Kaplan Testing at Main Campus:

Scheduled testing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from October 22, 2018 to July 8, 2019. On those days, students can come in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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 testing events will be held on the following dates. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • October 13, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • February 16, 2019
  • March 30, 2019
  • April 27, 2019

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 testing events will be held on the following dates. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • October 27, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • December 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 16, 2019
  • April 20, 2019

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 by phone at 215.751.8006 or by email at assessmentcenter@ccp.edu