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What you need to know about placement at COCC

Starting summer or fall term?

You’re on the ball! COCC is making changes to placement and we recommend waiting until noon on April 6 to take the assessment.  At that time, you will be able to take the assessment online - anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection!

Placement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 & writing placement.

How do I provide placement information?

Most students new to COCC will schedule a placement assessment appointment to meet this requirement.  However, there is more than one way to provide placement.  See Providing Placement Information for all the ways you may meet the placement requirement.

How long does the placement assessment take?

Because COCC uses individualized placement methods, your placement assessment appointment could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  To be safe, plan on the maximum time.

Can I retake a placement assessment?

You must wait a minimum of 14 days to retake the ALEKS math assessment, or the ACCUPLACER writing assessment.  You may not retake the Directed Self-Placement assessment.

Can I use COCC’s placement assessment 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.

Do I need to study for the placement assessment?

We recommend that you look at the ACCUPLACER writing placement information before you schedule your placement assessment appointment.  No need to study for the math or Directed Self Placement.

When will my placement results post to my student record?

Placement results are entered manually; as such, it may take anywhere between 2-5 business days to see your placement on your Bobcat account.

Where do I check in for my placement appointment?

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

Redmond: Building 1, lobby

Madras or Prineville: Front desk

Take the assessment

  • Starting spring term? Look for an email on or after March 30 with a link to take the assessment online
  • Starting summer or fall term? Check back here on or after April 6 for information on taking it online
Note that you need to apply for admissions and receive your COCC ID (820#) before you can take the assessment.


Students with Disabilities
If you require test accommodations due to a documented disability, contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (541-383-7583) to establish accommodations prior to reserving an assessment time.