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Course Placement Tests

All students taking their first college-level English, reading, or mathematics course must complete placement testing before they can register. Scores are used by you and an advisor or counselor to help you decide which courses to take. We want you to be as successful as possible. Research shows that placement testing helps you to enter English, reading, or mathematics courses at the proper starting point. The result is that you will have a better chance of completing your courses and earning good grades.

ACCUPLACER – is an untimed, computer-based, adaptive placement test and is designed to identify your skill levels in English language usage, reading, and mathematics. The Maricopa Community Colleges use the Classic version of WritePlacer, Reading, and Math.  We do not use the Sentence Skills section or the "Next Generation" versions of the ACCUPLACER exam

CELSA (Combined English Language Skills Assessment) is a 45-minute multiple choice test designed to measure context and grammatical understanding of the English language for students speaking English as a second language. Questions about ESL placement should be directed to a college ESL Advisor. See PDF download upper right.

  • CELSA Practice