English and math placement tests are mandatory and determine the courses for which a student may register. Students may submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores instead of taking the English and math placement tests. All placement scores, including ACT and SAT scores, are valid for two years from the test date.
To submit ACT or SAT scores, log into act.org (ACT) or collegeboard.org (SAT) to send your scores to Cuyahoga Community College. You may also submit a printed copy of your official score report to a Tri-C campus Testing Center.
- Qualifying ACT Scores: English: 18 or higher; Math: 21 or higher
- Qualifying SAT Scores: English: 430 or higher; Math: 520 or higher
College Credit Plus (CCP) students must submit qualifying ACT or SAT English and math scores or take the Tri-C placement tests. Visit the College Credit Plus Placement Testing webpage for more information.
Placement Test Preparation
English Placement Test Prep (Required)
Students must complete the online English test prep module and show proof of completion prior to testing. Log in to my Tri-C Space, choose your Student option, scroll down and select English Placement Prep. Follow instructions carefully.
Math Placement Test Prep
Students are encouraged to complete an initial ALEKS assessment prior to visiting a campus Testing Center to take the ALEKS math placement test. Log in to my Tri-C Space, choose your Student option, scroll down and select Math Prep & Learn (ALEKS). You will complete a quick survey and tools tutorial before starting the initial assessment.
Take Your Placement Tests
Placement testing can be completed at any campus Testing Center. All testing is administered on a walk-in basis at Eastern Campus, Metro Campus, Western Campus and Brunswick University Center. No appointments are taken. Appointments are required only at Westshore Campus.
Students who live in excess of 45 miles from the nearest Tri-C campus location may contact their preferred campus Testing Center to discuss oportunities for remote placement testing at an approved testing location.
Students requiring testing accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services to schedule an intake appointment prior to taking the placement tests.
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What Items to Bring on Testing Day
Bring a valid photo ID and proof of required placement test prep completion (English, ESL, CCP Math).
Pencils and scrap paper are provided. Personal calculators are not permitted during the math placement test but an on-screen calculator is provided for select questions. Placement tests are not timed, but each test typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Please arrive early enough to finish before the Testing Center closes.
Next Steps After Placement Testing
Upon completion of your placement tests, Testing Center staff will provide instructions for your next steps. Students who wish to improve their placement scores may be eligible to retest.