Why Placement Assessment

The Colorado Community College System requires you take a college placement assessment to determine your readiness for college-level courses if you are not submitting current ACT/SAT scores. This assessment will help you determine which Math and English classes you meet the pre-requisites to. You can show you meet these requirements by providing  ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or proof of completion of college level English or Math courses to the Testing Center. If you do not have one of these pre-existing exemptions then you can take the CCPT to show you meet the requirements. 

Do I need to Take the College Placement Assessment?

You may not need to take the college placement test if you have ACT/SAT, CLEP or DSST scores, you have prior college level or approved IB or AP course work, or approved UEXCEL exams or have a recent Accuplacer score (less than five years old).

If you have ACT or SAT scores (less than 5 years old), college transcript (with classes less than 15 years old or with a completed AA, AS, BA or BS), high school transcript (less than two years old). These documents could show that you are college ready. You can submit these documents, include your PPCC student ID number with them, and submit the unofficial transcripts to the Testing Center for evaluation prior to testing: testing.center@ppcc.edu or fax to 719-502-3399. You may also hand deliver your documents to receive the exemption to one of the three Testing Center locations (Centennial, Rampart Range, or Downtown Studio). College courses must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities or other approved educational institutions.

 If you have AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, UXCEL credits, please submit them and any official transcript/score reports to Admissions and Records for evaluation.

Concurrent enrolled High School Students-  If you are a high school/concurrent enrollment student and you need to take a placement test please contact High School Programs office for important information.

eLearning students who are new to PPCC may have to take placement tests before enrolling in classes. Testing can be completed at community colleges and other educational institutions around the country.

When should you take the Assessment?

All students must meet the pre-requisites for classes before they can enroll in the class. You must show proof that you meet these requirements by either providing one of the exemptions listed above or take the Community College Placement Test (CCPT). You may take the CCPT only once so make sure you study for this placement assessment.  There are two different sections, one for Math placement and one for English placement. Call and schedule a test appointment for each section. Usually, you will receive your scores with-in 30 minutes to take to advising. You will need to complete this placement assessment BEFORE you can register for a class that has a pre-requisite.

Pre-Assessment Questionnaire

Please note that some programs require testing regardless of prior college course work or testing scores. Check your program to determine when and what requirements are necessary.

If you are an international student please contact admissions regarding your requirements and don't do the questionnaire.

If you don't have ACT/SAT scores that are at college level or other credits or college course work you will need to test and should complete the pre-assessment.

IMPORTANT: Once you have filled out the questionnaire and submit it, the testing center will process your form and send you further instructions by email to your PPCC student email account with-in 1-3 business days.

The email will tell you to do one of three things:

  • See an advisor because you are exempt from testing.
  • See an advisor because we were unable to determine if you need to test. or
  • You will need to test. The email will contain information links on where to get help studying for the CCPT and how to schedule a test appointment (you should schedule two seperate appointments)

BEFORE CLICKING THE LINK BELOW YOU NEED TWO PIECES OF INFORMATION:

1)  You need to know your PPCC Student email  AND

2)  You need to know the math pathway required for your degree/certificate.

**IMPORTANT IF YOU CHOOSE THE WRONG MATH PATHWAY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A $10 RE-TEST FEE TO TAKE THE CORRECT ONE. IF IN DOUBT, TALK TO AN ADVISOR TO MAKE SURE!!  

IF you cannot determine your math pathway SEE an ADVISOR**

  Math Pathway lookup for Degree Programs    Math Pathway lookup for Certificate Programs.

 

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