What You Need to Know Before You Test

All students taking credit classes must provide writing and math placement information prior to registration. Most students do so by taking COCC's Placement Tests. Read about placement test options and how to provide the documentation to fulfill your placement test requirement.


The purpose of the COCC Placement Tests is to assess your current skills in reading, English and math for placement into appropriate coursework at COCC. COCC uses the College Board's Accuplacer Reading, Sentence Skills, and math tests for placement. This test uses a computer-based format, unlimited time and immediate scores.


Refreshing your memory on math formulas, grammar rules, reading skills, or reviewing general information on test preparation may help you feel less anxious and more confident.

Relax! The Placement Test is designed to help you succeed in college, but do prepare!


How to reserve a time to take the placement test
Students must have completed a COCC Application for Admission and paid the $25 application fee prior to testing. Students can make an appointment to take the placement tests by calling Admissions and Records in Bend (541-383-7500), the Redmond campus (541-504-2900), or CAP Services in Bend (541-383-7200).

You can also schedule a Placement Test Appointment online. You will need your COCC ID (820 #)

About your scores
You have the option of printing your test scores at the conclusion of your test. In most cases, your test scores will be in your student record immediately after finishing the test. You may view your test scores and course placement in your Bobcat Web Account, Transcript and Placement Test screen.

Retest policy
There must be at least 14 days between tests and there may be a fee to retest. Students can retest if there is reason to believe that a significant change in the student's knowledge and skills has occurred. Accuplacer data shows that there is a high probability that test scores will not change without study and review. Please see above "How to prepare for the COCC placement test" for more information on how to prepare for the test, or call the Placement Test Coordinator's office at 541.383.7581.

Arrangements for students with disabilities
If you have a disability that will prevent you from taking the test under standard conditions, contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (541-383-7583) to establish accommodations prior to reserving a testing time. ADA accommodations that require special testing environments should be scheduled well in advance of the start of the term; requests in the three weeks prior to the start of the term may not be possible to schedule.