Start your journey on the right track

Placement tests help you begin your education at Maricopa Community Colleges with the classes that are right for you. You need to take placement tests before registration if you plan on taking college-level English, reading, math, or English is not your first language courses. You will review your placement test scores with an academic advisor, and decide together which English, reading, and math courses offer you the best path for academic success.

We've provided information about what types of tests we offer, where you will take you test, test preparation tools, and acceptable forms of ID to bring with you when you take your test.

Types of tests


Accuplacer is an untimed, computer-based placement test. It's designed to identify your skill levels in English, reading, and math.


CELSA is a 45-minute multiple choice test that measures your context and grammatical understanding of the English language.

High School Equivalency (HSE) exam

HSE is needed to apply for and benefit from any financial aid. Many campuses feature online and in-person HSE courses.

DSST program

Formerly known as DANTES, the DSST program offers 38 exams on material taught in upper- and lower-level college courses.

Acceptable forms of ID

U.S. Passport or Passport Card U.S. military ID card
International Passport Matricula Consular
International government ID Arizona's learner's permit
Permanent resident ID Tribal ID
Employment authorization Visa
School ID Current, valid, state-issued driver's license or ID card

Test preparation resources

Web-based study app

This online app will familiarize you with the content and format of the Accuplacer test questions. It features practice tests in each test subject.

Accuplacer iTunes app

This iTunes app will quiz you on test subjects right at your fingertips. It also provides performance statistics and additional test strategies.

What is the Accuplacer?

Get a more in-depth understanding of the Accuplacer test. You will be equipped with tools, advice, and insights to get you ready for test day.

Connect with your college's testing center

You can take your placement test at any of our colleges, or just at the college you plan on attending. Feel free to do a walk-in testing session, or call to make an appointment. We also offer proctored testing for out-of-state students. Please remember to bring a photo ID with you when you go to take your test, and allow 24 hours for your results to be updated in your academic file.

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