Do I need to take a placement test?
English and math placement tests are mandatory and determine the courses for which a student may register. Students may use 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, logo into act.org (ACT) or collegeboard.org (SAT) to send an official score report to Cuyahoga Community College OR print a copy your official score report and bring it to the nearest Tri-C campus Testing Center along with a photo ID.
- Qualifying ACT Scores: English: 18 or higher; Math: 21 or higher
- Qualifying SAT Scores: English: 430 or higher; Math: 520 or higher
How do I prepare for placement testing?
- Complete the Tri-C Application for Admission and have a valid Tri-C student number (S Number).
- Prepare for the English placement test by completing the mandatory English test prep module. For math, students should complete an initial ALEKS assessment prior to visiting a Tri-C campus Testing Center to take the math placement test. Placement test preparation resources can be found on the New Student tab in My Tri-C Space under Prepare for Enrollment for new students. For returning students, the materials can be found on the Student tab under Prepare for Success.
Additional information about placement tests and test preparation can be found using the navigation buttons below. Students requiring testing accommodations should first contact Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment.
Where do I take my placement test?
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 and Corporate College West due to limited seating capacity.
Students who live in excess of 45 miles from any Tri-C campus location should contact the nearest Tri-C campus Testing Center to arrange remote placement testing at an approved testing location.
What placement tests are administered on campus?
What should I bring?
Bring a valid form of photo identification and proof of test prep completion (English only).
Pencils and scrap paper are provided. Personal calculators are not permitted for use on the math placement test but an on-screen calculator is provided in the test for select questions. Placement tests are not timed, but each test typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete.
What do I do after take my placement test?
Upon completion of your placement test, Testing Center staff will provide instructions for your next steps. Students who wish to improve their placement scores may be eligible to retest. Contact your preferred Tri-C campus Testing Center for more information about retest requirements.
What if I am a CCP Student?
College Credit Plus (CCP) students are required to submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores OR take the Tri-C placement tests. Visit the College Credit Plus Placement Testing webpage for more information.