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Placement Testing

Placement Tools

The goal of placement is to assess skills to ensure students are able to successfully engage with course content, and have the best chances at passing the course.

Please read these important notes:

Multiple/Alternative Measures Information

English and Math Placement

All new students who plan to take a math or English class at TCC and do not qualify under Multiple/Alternative Measures  must process through two Placement Tools.


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 and International students.

English Directed Self-Placement

Math Placement

Fee: $22.04 paid to ALEKS

Math – ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) placement assessment, a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions and uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine your math skills.

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Assessment Updates

Assessment Office Hours 

Office is not currently open, please email placement@tacomacc.edu. This email account is monitored from 8am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.



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Certification & Testing Center

Location: Bldg. 6