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Preparing for Placement Tests

Updated: 02/04/2015


Placement tests help you begin your education at Maricopa Community Colleges with the classes that are right for you. If you plan on getting a degree, taking college-level English, Reading, or Math, or if English is not your first language, you will need to take placement tests before you can register for classes.

You will review your scores with an academic advisor and decide together which English, Reading, and Math courses offer you the best path for academic success. More information related to testing requirements and corresponding offered courses can be found on the Administrative Regulations Pages and the Course Placement Details (PDF).

Please note: These tests are not admissions tests, but rather, a way to determine your best options for Reading, English, and Math classes.

Learn more about Testing Services, your college's requirements, and find contact information on the Testing Services resource page.


Accuplacer is an untimed, computer-based, adaptive placement test and is designed to identify your skill levels in English language usage, Reading, and Math.



CELSA (Combined English Language Skills Assessment) is a 45-minute multiple choice test designed to measure context and grammatical understanding of the English language for students speaking English as a second language. Questions about ESL placement should be directed to a college ESL Advisor.


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