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 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 should 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 Testing Office (BE 1106), 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

All College Transfer and Professional / Technical 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.

The College Math Placement Test is administered through the Testing Office (BE 1106). Students may take this test without special permission from the IEP Office. It is possible to repeat the test again after 90 days, or by special permission from a counselor.

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:

- SAT Math scores of 520 or higher (old format)
- SAT Math scores of 550 or higher (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

Note that official test scores or transcripts must be issued within the last three years and submitted to the IEP Office before the College Math Placement Test can be waived and proficiency requirement recorded as having been met.

College Math Placement Test and Math graduation requirements

Applicants to Seattle Central are not required to demonstrate Math proficiency at the time of admission. However, all College Transfer and Professional / Technical degrees require completion of college-level Math. Applicants to these programs must, at a minimum, have basic arithmetic skills to reach the lowest placement required, MATH 081, on the College Math Placement Test.

Students who attend secondary schools that require at least basic math as part of the regular curriculum are usually able to reach at least MATH 081 on the College Math Placement Test. However, students who are unable to demonstrate these basic math skills will not be able to complete a degree program. Failure to complete a program within the time allowed can negatively impact a student’s immigration status. If you believe that you may not have basic arithmetic skills, it is recommended that you discuss this situation with your advisor during your first quarter at Seattle Central.