Placement for Academic Coursework
In Colorado you must meet the academic prerequisites to enroll directly into college-level Math and English courses. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, are transferring from another college, or are going to college for the first time, understanding your academic history will help us place you into the right classes so you can be successful at PPCC.
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.
Complete one of the following options before meeting with an Academic Advisor and registering for classes.
1) Submit transcripts or test scores
If you are a recent high school graduate or have prior college experience, you can show that you are college -ready and meet the prerequisites to enroll into college level Math and English courses. The following would allow you to place into college level courses:
- Have qualifying ACT or SAT scores from the last 5 years, ACT (English 18+, Reading 17+, Math 19-23) SAT (Verbal 440+, Math 460+).
- High School Cumulative GPA (unweighted) of 3.0+ (within last 2 years) and a B or better in Junior year English (within last 2 years) and a B or better in Algebra II or higher (within the last 18 months).
- Have an Associates of Arts (AA) or Associates of Science (AS) or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
- Earned a C or better in Math and/or English at a regionally accredited college or university. Unofficial transcripts are accepted..
2) Take the Placement Assessment
If you do not have any of the exemptions listed above, you may take the Community College Placement Test (CCPT) assessment to see how prepared you are for college-level classes. This assessment will help us place you in the right courses when you start at Pikes Peak Community College.
3) Opt-out of Placement Assessment
If you do not meet any of the criteria to show you meet the prerequisites to enroll directly into college level coursework and you do not wish to take a placement assessment, you may choose to opt-out of the CCPT.
Opting out of placement assessment means that you would start in developmental Math and developmental English classes.
We recommend meeting with an Academic Advisor to discuss the pros and cons of opting out of placement assessment as it could prolong the time it takes to earn a degree.
Depending on individual situation and preference you may utilize any of the three options above for placement purposes. For example, you may place into college level English based on transcript records, but may choose to take the Math placement assessment test to determine Math placement.