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 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

Schedule an appointment
After you apply for admissions and receive your COCC ID (820#), you may schedule a test appointment. COCC offers placement testing at Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville campuses. Appointments not canceled within 24 hours are considered missed. You may be asked to meet with the Placement Test Coordinator after three missed appointments.

Schedule a Placement Test

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.

The day of your assessment

  • Arrive 15 minutes early. Check-in begins 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Students arriving after the assessment has begun may be asked to reschedule.
  • The test is untimed. The time it takes you to complete your placement assessment depends on a variety of factors. It could take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Bring ID. You will need to show ID with your name and a recognizable photo upon check-in. There are no exceptions.
  • You do not need to bring any materials with you. We provide all materials. 
  • Ask questions. Feel free to ask the staff any questions you may have.