Placement Process for Class Registration

Placement Tools

The goal of the placement process is to help you assess your skills to ensure you are able to engage with course content, and have the greatest possibility to succeed in your course work.

Math and English placements determine your starting place for classes.  Your Academic Advisor will use your placements to help you build your class schedules.  Students can complete their math and English placements by submitting documents, using TCC’s Directed Self-Placement tools, or alternative assessments.

Please read these important notes:

  • Please apply to TCC and get a student ID number before doing any placement.
  • If you have taken math of English classes at another college or university, email your unofficial college transcripts to placement@tacomacc.edu with your full name and student ID. Review the Multiple/Alternative Measures information below for additional documents to send for unofficial evaluation.
  • Running Start, Fresh Start and International students should check with those programs regarding placement.

English and Math Placement

All new students who plan to take a math or English class at TCC must process through two Placement Tools. Transfer students may qualify under Multiple/Alternative Measures (see table below.)

 

English Placement

Fee: No cost

English –TCC Directed Self-Placement. You're in charge of your writing skills evaluation. It is proven you know best. We are giving you some pointers to make that decision.

When making an educational goal, you need a start.  Placement is an important step after enrolling at TCC to succeed  in accomplishing your goal. 

The DSP helps you evaluate your ability to read, write and think at the college level.  Your first college English classes should be challenging, but they should also start where you currently are at your skills level. The DSP will help you decide which classes are best for you to start. This is an important process. It is you being in charge of your future.  Placement staff will be available to answer questions, please contact us at placement@tacomacc.edu after completing the DSP.

Note: Directed Self-Placement does not apply to Running Start, Fresh Start and International students.

English Directed Self-Placement
 

English Language Acquisition (ELA) Directed Self Placement

Fee: no cost

English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes are offered to help immigrant and refugee students develop communication skills to succeed in jobs and school, and participate as members of the community.

· ELA students will practice grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

· New students can look at examples of work from each level of English class and choose the class that is the best fit for them.

· For those students who do not want to choose their own class, they can talk to an advisor and the advisor can help choose the class that works best for them.

Note: Directed Self-Placement does not apply to Running Start, Fresh Start and International students.

English Language Acquisition (ELA) Directed Self Placement
 

 

 

Math Placement (Registration for Fall 22 Quarter)

Fee: no cost

Math – TCC Directed Self-Placement. You're in charge of your math skills evaluation. It is proven you know best. We are giving you some pointers to make that decision.  The Math Directed Self-Placement uses a series of questions about previous coursework, asking you to HONESTLY evaluate your confidence level on the algebra skills necessary to be successful in a college level Math course. Our questions are designed to help you determine if you may benefit from a support course. Information gathered in the DSP can also help you understand what you may experience at a variety of different course levels.  This is an important process. It is you being in charge of your future.  Placement staff will be available to answer questions, please contact us at placement@tacomacc.edu after completing the DSP.

Note: Directed Self-Placement does not apply to Running Start, Fresh Start, or BEdA students.

Math Directed Self-Placement

*If you are a student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) pathways, please read about math placements using Multiple Measures below. If you do not have a Multiple Measure and would like more information about other placement test options, please reach out to us at placement@tacomacc.edu.

Multiple/Alternative Measures Information

Please read and consider these measures to save time and anxiety. 

Placement Updates

Placement Office Hours 

Placement staff are currently working remotely. Please email placement@tacomacc.edu  for assistance. Summer office hours are from 8 am - 5:30 pm, Monday to Thursday.

 

Questions? 

 

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Location: Bldg. 6

253-460-4364