Placement Tests

Students admitted to Seattle Central will receive detailed testing information in their acceptance materials. However, the following tabs provide general guidelines about our different placement tests:

SCIE ESL Placement Test

Students who did not submit a sufficient English proficiency score or have no proof of English proficiency will take the Seattle Central Institute of English (SCIE) ESL Placement Test during SCIE orientation. Students can take this test only once.

Students unable to take the SCIE ESL Placement Test at orientation must contact the International Education Programs Office, as they may need to defer admission to a later quarter.

College ESL Placement Test

Students who submit a sufficient English proficiency score will take the College ESL Placement Test. Students can take this test only once, in the Seattle Central College Testing Office, and must have a referral from the IEP 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 consists of four sections: Reading Comprehension, Listening, Grammar, and an essay. The first three sections are multiple choice, and the written essay is done in Microsoft Word. Test results are normally available within three business days.

Depending on their test results, students will be placed either in full-time college classes, or in a combination of ESL and college classes in the College Bridge program.

To be assured of a spot in classes, students must test no later than five business days before school starts. Students unable to meet this deadline may not be able to enroll in classes.

College Math Placement Test

Applicants to Seattle Central are not required to demonstrate Math proficiency at the time of admission. However:

- College Transfer and High School Completion students must take the college Math placement test prior to registering for their second quarter of full-time study
- Professional / Technical and B.A.S. degree students must take the college Math placement test before admission to their specific program can be confirmed
- IEP Short-Term Certificate students might need to take the college Math placement test, depending on the specialization and classes they select

Students who are required to take the college Math placement test must have basic arithmetic skills to reach the lowest placement available.

The College Math Placement Test is administered through the Seattle Central College Testing Office. Students may take the test on a walk-in basis during testing times.

For more information on the College Math Placement Test, including current testing fees, please visit the Testing Office webpage. A tutorial for the College Math Placement Test is available on the Science and Math Department web page.

Exemption From Taking the College Math Placement Test

Students can waive the College Math Placement Test and meet Math proficiency requirements any time by submitting one of the following test scores or transcripts, issued within the last three years:

- SAT Math scores of 520 or higher (old format) or 550 (new format)
- ACT Math scores of 22 or higher
- 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 another recognized post-secondary institution