Before You Take the Placement Assessment

Review this information to make sure you are ready take the online Placement Assessment.

What is the COCC Placement Assessment?

The Placement Assessment is one method COCC uses to determine your first math and writing course. Also called the Directed Self-Placement (DSP), this survey asks questions about your academic history, such as high school GPA and last course completed. Based on your responses, the assessment either will place you in a specific math and/or writing course, or in some cases may direct you to take a skills-based assessment.

What to Expect

You’ll need your COCC email address and password to log in.

The Placement Assessment is untimed. It typically takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete it. In some cases, you may be directed to take a skills-based math or writing assessment.

You don’t need to study. You will be asked questions about your academic history. 

The Directed Self-Placement assessment may not transfer to another college or program. If you want to transfer the results to another institution, check with that institution before taking this assessment.

You can only take the Directed Self-Placement assessment once, so make sure this is a good time! If you have already completed the Directed Self-Placement, please reach out to CAP Services to schedule a skill based test.  CAP Services: 541-383-7200.

We recommend taking this online placement assessment closer to the start of your first term so you can provide up-to-date academic information. You cannot retake it.