Complete Your Placement Assessment

Getting placed in the right class for you can save you time and money. The Placement Center at Clackamas Community College provides two ways to find out which math and writing classes are best suited for your skills: Placement Advising for Student Success (PASS) and placement testing. Math and writing placement must be completed prior to registration for courses or attending a new student advising session.

Note: Students applying to apprenticeship programs and some limited-enrollment medical programs are required to take placement tests.

For more information about other tests available through CCC's testing center, visit our Testing Center page.

Placement Advising for Student Success (PASS)

PASS advisors work with students to guide placement into the highest-level math and writing course in which they are likely to succeed. PASS placements use student input and multiple other measures, rather than a single test score, to promote the student’s choice in determining their best path at Clackamas Community College.

Download the PASS Intake Form

Placement steps for new students:

Follow these few simple steps to ensure you’re prepared. 

Step 01

Bring the following placement documents to

Oregon City campus Testing and Placement Center (no appointment necessary) or Harmony campus or Wilsonville campus Testing Centers (check or availability, see contact information below)

  • Print and complete the PASS intake form. Hard copies are also available in the Testing and Placement Centers
  • Official photo ID (required)

If applicable:

  • High school transcript if you graduated within the past five years (unofficial copy)
  • Previous test scores (Smarter Balanced, SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • Previous college credits earned (AP, IB, ACC, other unofficial college transcripts)
    • Degree- or certificate-seeking students should refer to our Transferring to CCC page on how to submit official college transcripts and test scores to CCC
Step 02

Meet with a PASS advisor (no appointment necessary)

A PASS advisor will meet with you to review your placement documents and educational goals. We’ll help determine your math and writing placements, refer you to meet with a PASS faculty advisor for additional assistance or decide whether placement tests are necessary to assess skill levels.

Step 03

Determine if a placement test is necessary

Placement tests may be necessary for new students when more information is needed to assess math and writing skill levels.  Example: a student who has been out of school more than five years or does not have recent test scores. 

Note: Students applying to apprenticeship programs and some limited-enrollment medical programs are required to take placement tests. 

OPTIONAL ONLINE PLACEMENT PROCESS

Online placement is available only for 2017 high school graduates who meet one of the following criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR
  • Previous college level math or writing credit (i.e. AP, IB, or ACC)

Online submissions of documents start the process. The placement process is not complete until verified via email or phone contact from the PASS office. This process may take up to two weeks. If you’re a 2017 high school graduate

If you meet one of these criteria, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Send an email to pass@clackamas.edu requesting online placement
  2. Include your first and last name in the subject line and your year of graduation (i.e. Sam Jones 2017)

Attach the following items:

  • Completed PASS form
  • HS transcript (unofficial)
  • Previous college level math or writing credit (AP, IB, or ACC) (if applicable)
  • Relevant test scores (if applicable)

TESTS FOR DISTANCE STUDENTS

If you do not live in the area, please send an email to pass@clackamas.edu to schedule a phone interview with a PASS advisor. (This is only an option for distance students.)

Once your phone interview is scheduled, you must complete the following:

  1. Send an email to pass@clackamas.edu requesting online placement
  2. Include your first and last name in the subject line along with “Distance Student Placement” (i.e. Sam Jones “Distance Student Placement”)

Attach the following applicable items:

  • Completed PASS form
  • HS transcript/college transcripts (unofficial)
  • Previous college level math or writing credit (AP, IB, or ACC)
  • Relevant test scores

If you live out of the area and need to take the placement tests, you can go to: www.accuplacer.com. This site will list schools in your area that can proctor our placement test and the fees charged by the school.

INFORMATION ABOUT PLACEMENT TESTS

  • CCC provides Accuplacer Next Generation placement tests
  • No charge to CCC students with current student ID number
  • $25.00 cost to non-CCC students
  • Placement tests offered at all three campus Testing Centers
  • No appointment needed (See below for Testing Center hours)
  • Writing and reading placement: Accuplacer computer-based multiple-choice test. It takes about 30 minutes on average, but it is not timed.
  • Math placement: Accuplacer computer-based multiple-choice test. It takes about 30 minutes to complete but is not timed. If you need a refresher on math, check out these sites.

Accuplacer Practice or Math Practice

Disability Resources

If you have a disability that prevents you from being able to meet your full potential when taking the placement test on a computer, or if you have limited computer skills, we are happy to connect you with the Disability Resource Center to help coordinate your placement process. Call 503-594-6357.

CONTACT

Testing and Placement Center, Oregon City Campus

Roger Rook Hall, Room 136

 

503-594-3283

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 (Summer Term: Closed Fridays)

 

Testing Center, Harmony Community Campus

503-594-0636 (Call for testing hours)

 

Testing Center, Wilsonville Campus

503-594-0940 (Call for testing hours)