Testing And Placement

English Placement

To become eligible for enrollment in full-time college classes, current students must do one of the following:

- Complete the College Bridge program (see progression chart for details)
- Submit a test score high enough for direct placement
- Receive an ENGL& 101 or ENGL 099 placement on the college ESL placement test

The College ESL Placement Test

The college ESL placement test is administered through the Seattle Central College Testing Office. Students who submit sufficient proof of English Proficiency will take the college ESL placement test, unless proficiency is high enough to waive testing. Students can retake this test only once, and must have a referral from the IP Office. For more information on the college ESL placement test, including current testing fees, please visit the Testing Office webpage.
The college ESL placement test consist of 4 sections: Reading Comprehension, Listening, Grammar and an essay. The first three sections are multiple choice, and the last section is a written essay done on the computer in Microsoft Word. The essay is read by faculty in the Institute of English. Students are placed based on a combination of scores from all four sections of the test. Complete test results are normally available within 3 business days.
Students who have already taken the College ESL placement test twice, but have not received a placement in ENGL& 101 may opt for the ENGL& 101 Challenge Essay. Under this option, students write an essay to be read by English faculty, who then determine whether or not a student is ready for ENGL& 101. Students interested this option should speak with the IP Office front desk staff.

Math Placement

All Transfer and Career Training students must take the college Math placement test prior to registering for their second quarter of full-time study. We recommend they take the test before their first quarter of full-time college study.

Seattle Central uses the ALEKS PPL Test to evaluate Math proficiency. Students are able to take the test up to 5 times. For more details on the ALEKS PPL, including current testing fees, please visit our website.

Exemption From Taking the college Math Test

Students can waive the college Math placement test and meet Math proficiency requirements anytime by submitting one of the following test scores or transcripts, issued within the last three years:

- SAT Math scores of at least 550
- ACT Math scores of at least 22
- AP score of 3 or higher in Calculus BC, or of 2 or higher in Calculus AB
- proof they completed a college-level Math course at a recognized post-secondary institution

Important note about the Math placement test and Math graduation requirements

All transfer and career training degrees require completion of college-level Math. Students who completed basic Math classes as part of their high school curriculum are usually able to reach the lowest placement available on the college Math test and complete college-level Math.

Students who believe they may not have the required basic Math skills should contact their advisor during their first quarter of enrollment at Seattle Central, so they can ensure they will complete their program within the time allowed per their immigration status (please see our immigration pages for more details).