Important information about Placement Testing policies, procedures, recommendations, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

Click any question to reveal the answer.

How much is the Placement test?

Placement tests for LCC students are free.

Do I have to schedule my placement tests?

Students are not required to schedule their placement tests, and can test on a walk-in basis Monday-Thursday starting at 10 am. The last placement test is given at 3 pm.

How long are my test scores valid?

Math placement scores are valid for 2 years. Students must retest after 2 years to get an updated placement recommendation.

Are placement tests mandatory?

Course placements are mandatory for all students, however, there are various methods of placement depending on the type of student.

Please see Placement Testing to find which placement methods you qualify for.

Can (or should) I retake the math test?

Students are encouraged to retake their math test. We frequently see students who put in the effort to study and retest, and end up with a higher placement than their original efforts. This can potentially save you time and money!

Please see Math Placement Resources for a list of practice and preparation options.

How many times can I retest?

Students get one retest for each section of the math test. If students take advantage of the additional math practice options they can earn two retests per section. Students must wait 24 hours before retesting.

How long will my English and Math placement tests take?

English Directed Self-Placement takes about 20-30 minutes. Students should expect the math portion of the placement test to take between 1-2 hours, depending on the student's level of math proficiency. English and Math placement do not have to be completed on the same day.

What do I need to bring with me for my placement tests?

Please bring only your photo ID. Any additional items will have to be stored in a locker.

What if English is not my first language?

If English is not your first language, please notify our testing staff. We will connect you with additional resources, including the English as a Second Language (ESL) page.

What if I have a documented disability?

Students who need special accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.

Are there alternatives to taking Lower Columbia College placement tests?

Yes! Please review Placement Testing to see the different placement options for your specific situation.

What happens after I complete my placement tests?

Immediately following completion of your placement tests, you will be asked to sign up for a New Student Orientation. All new students need to attend a New Student Orientation.

Contact the Testing Center

We look forward to serving you! The Testing Center is conveniently located in the Admissions Center. No appointment is needed. If you need accommodations please contact Disability Support Services, (360) 442-2340.

 Angel Ruvalcaba/Program Specialist II

  Admissions Center (Testing Center)
  (360) 442-2353, Fax: (360) 442-2359

Testing Office (General Inquiries)

  (360) 442-2353

Copyright 2022