Frequently Asked Questions on Placement

  • Does everyone need to provide math and writing placement?

    Yes, if you are new to COCC, and enrolling in credit classes, you will need to provide math and writing placement.

  • How long does the placement assessment take?

    The online placement assessment typically takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete. If you are taking the ALEKS skill based math assessment and/or ACCUPLACER writing assessment, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  To be safe, plan on the maximum time.

  • Can I retake a placement assessment?

    COCC's primary placement assessment, Directed Self-Placement: no retakes available

    ALEKS math assessment: retake available after a minimum of 14 days

    ACCUPLACER writing assessment: retake available after a minimum of 14 days

  • Do you offer in person or remote testing? 

    COCC's main placement method is the Directed Self Placement:  Available online 24/7

    ALEKS math skill based assessment: remote delivery

    ACCUPLACER writing skill based assessment: Available in a remote format and in person on the Bend campus. Bend: Cascades Hall, room 240A (CAP Services)

    Please call CAP Services: 541-383-7200 to find out more about your options


  • Can I use COCC's placement information for another college?

    COCC's default placement method is a survey-based assessment of your academic history.  Other colleges may require skills-based testing. Check with the college that you are interested in attending to find out what they accept for placement.  Our Testing and Tutoring department may be able to proctor a test for another institution.

  • When will my placement results post to my student record?

    Online placement assessment results should post within 1 business day to your Bobcat Web account. ALEKS math and ACCUPLACER writing assessment results will take up to 2 business days to post to your Bobcat Web account.

  • Do I need to study?

    There is no need to study before taking the online placement assessment. If you need to complete a writing or math assessment, you may want to review information on the ALEKS math assessment and/or the ACCUPLACER writing assessment prior to your appointment.