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CCC Placement Tests

​New students and former students without placement scores on file are required to take a placement test before registering for classes. Students who have previously taken the placement test but whose placement scores are one or more years old are required to re-take the placement test.                 

Since the results of your placement test(s) will determine which course you are eligible to register for, you are encouraged to take the placement test(s) as soon as possible.                

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

You are strongly encouraged to review placement test preparation materials, accessible through the links to the right under ‘Other Resources.’                 

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.               

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 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 with a minimum score of 21 or SAT of 540* in English and 530 in Math. ACT and SAT 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.   

*Beginning with Summer 2019 enrollment students with an SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing score of 480 will not be required to take the English placement test.