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CCC Placement Tests

Placement Test General Information      

New and returning students without valid placement scores or passing grades are required to take the placement test before registering. The ALEK math placement test determines where a student should begin Math classes and/or classes that require specific math-level eligibility. The Reading to Write Placement test determines where a student should begin English classes and/or courses that require english-level eligibility. Placement test scores are valid for one calendar year.     

Prior to taking the placement test(s) new students must apply for admission and receive: a student ID number, CCC username and password to log-in to – the student portal. This information is sent to new students to the email address provided in the online application.     

How to Prepare      

Since the placement test is very important, we strongly encourage you to review placement test preparation materials, accessible through the links to the right under ‘Other Resources'. Truman College also offers free placement test preparation through our Tutoring Center. Preparing with the help of our trained tutors is a great way to make sure you do you best!      

Important Test Information      

The ALEKS math placement test can be taken up to five times in a calendar year and is untimed.      

The Reading to Write placement test can only be taken once a calendar year, and must be completed in 2.5 hours.       

Frequently Asked Questions     

Do I need any materials to take the placement test(s)?

In order to ensure that you are able to take the test comfortably and without interruption, you should keep these things handy: ink pens, pencils, paper, a dictionary and your username and password for the student portal. You will need to bring your student ID number and your photo ID to the campus Testing Center. 

Do I have to take the placement test(s)?

In order to register for classes, you must have completed placement test(s) or been granted a test waiver. You may not be required to take the placement test if you are:       

  • A transfer student who has earned a grade of “C” or better in college-level English and/or math or if you have previously earned an Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university. You must submit an official transcript verifying successful completion. 
  •  A high school graduate with a copy of your ACT or SAT test scores. ACT and SAT test scores are valid for a period of four (4) years. You may obtain a copy of your ACT or SAT test scores by contacting your high school advisor. You can also contact ACT directly at (319) 337-1000 and SAT at 866-756-7346.

Taking my placement test(s)     

To take the CCC placement exams, you must visit one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago locations.  Please log into your student portal at to review testing center locations and hours​​​​​






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