Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Placement Test Exemptions

You may not need to take all or part of the placement tests if any of the following circumstances apply to you:

  • You already have a college degree.
  • You have already taken college-level English and/or  mathematics and received a grade of “C” or better.
  • You plan to register for a class or classes that have no specified skill requirements.
  • Students with SAT or ACT test scores above the 50th percentile will be exempt from mathematics and reading placement testing, but still must take the English writing test. (there is no SAT/ACT exemption for English.) Verbal and mathematics scores are reported separately.
  • A student may re-test for placement out of a course in which he/she was enrolled after four years.
  • Once a student has re-tested after four years and scores into the same course(s) for which he/she was enrolled, there is no further alternative, regardless of the results.   
  • If English is not your first language, you need to schedule the ESL Compass Placement Test by contacting the Office of International Students-412.237.2629. This test will better assess your written use of the English language.
  • Students with documented disabilities are eligible for modified testing.  Speak to the placement test scheduler if you have any questions. 

You will need to document these circumstances at the Admissions Office when you apply for admission to the College.

Remember that the textbook you will use in your class is written for students with college-level reading skills. The reading placement test will help you determine whether you need additional help in this area.