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Placement Tests

How to determine your placement

The colleges within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement in English, reading, and mathematics courses for students.  The placement methods listed below are effective for enrollment into courses beginning in the Summer 2019 term. To view the current placement chart, click here.

Placement with a high school transcript

If you have attended high school within the past 10 years and have completed at least two years of high school, you can submit your high school transcript for placement. Submit your high school transcripts online or in-person to the Admissions, Records, and Registration Office at your preferred college. When you meet with an advisor, take an unofficial copy of your high school transcript with you.

Placement with an ACT score

Submit your ACT scores online or request your ACT scores be sent to your preferred college within five years of taking the test. For more information on how to request your scores, visit the ACT website.

Placement with a GED score

Submit your GED scores online or request your GED scores be sent to your preferred college. For more information on how to make this request, visit the GED website.

Please use the following criteria to better understand placement through high school transcripts, ACT scores, or GED scores:

High School cumulative, unweighted GPA tt least 2 years of HS
No more than 10 years out of HS

Placement based on individual subject area test scores. Scores are valid for 5 years

Only valid for tests taken during or after 2014




3.0 or above*

22 or above

175 – 200


MAT15x or 187


2.6 – 2.99

18 – 21

165 – 174


MAT14x or 12x


Below 2.6

Below 18

Below 165

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*Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Eligibility: Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools, homeschool), with a final, unweighted, GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Course Placement with a Placement Test. If the first three placement options don’t apply to you, you can take a placement test. These tests are not admissions tests, but rather, a way to determine your best options for reading, English, and math classes.

You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:

  • You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
  • Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • You wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

Once you receive your test scores, you will review them with an academic advisor and decide together which English, math, and reading courses offer you the best path for academic success.

ACCUPLACER. ACCUPLACER is an untimed, computer-based placement test. It’s designed to identify your skill levels in English, reading, and math.

Click HERE to schedule your testing appointment to complete the ACCUPLACER at the Testing Center at South Mountain Community College. 

CELSA. CELSA is the Combined English Language Skills Assessment. It is a 45-minute multiple-choice test that measures your understanding of the English language. Click the link to see practice questions. You do not need to schedule an appointment. Report to the Testing Center on the 2nd floor of the Technology Center (TC) building at the designated day and time.