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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. RTW results are valid for up to 2 calendar years (optional retest after 1 year).  ALEKS results are valid for up to 1 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 at 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 your best!                   

Important Test Information                     

The ALEKS math placement test can be taken up to five times in a calendar year and is untimed. The first test can be taken from home, and any additional attempts must be taken at a CCC campus.                   

The Reading to Write placement test can only be taken once a calendar year and must be completed on campus.                    

Frequently Asked Questions                         

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 in to 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 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 student who has completed an Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate credit (IB) examination with results that would grant credit for college-level English and/or math. You must submit an official record of your test score. For more information visit the CCC websites for AP, CLEP, or IB credits. 
  • 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.
*Students who score 480 or above but under 540 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing or who score 19 or above but under a 21 on the ACT English will be required to take the CCC Reading to Write (RTW) as part of the enrollment process but will be able to take college-level courses. You will want to meet with a College Advisor as part of your enrollment process to identify the set of courses that will be best for you.         





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