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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 coming to campus to complete an ALEKS 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?

Online placement assessment: 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

Where do I check in for my math and/or writing skills-based testing appointment?

Bend: Cascades Hall, room 240A (CAP Services)

Redmond: Building 1, lobby

Madras or Prineville: Front desk

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 you Bobcat Web account. ALEKS math and ACCUPLACER writing assessment results are entered manually and may take anywhere between 2 to 5 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.