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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 Next Generation – is an untimed, computer-based, adaptive placement test designed to identify your skill levels in English, reading, and mathematics.  The Maricopa Community Colleges administer the WritePlacer, Reading, and Math sections of the exam.  We do not use “Writing” or the “Classic version” 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

Additional preparation websites you may wish to visit:

  • EdReady.org – Math prep
  • EnglishforEveryone.org – English & reading
  • HippoCampus.org – English & math
  • KHANAcademy.org
  • MathIsPower4u.com
  • MathTV.com
  • Purplemath.com

This preparation information should not be considered comprehensive.  Scottsdale Community College is not responsible for the content of these websites.