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Step 2: Take Placement Tests

New policy effective Fall 2013

Students who are attending college for the first time, and intend to earn an associate’s degree or transfer to a college/university to complete a bachelor’s degree are required to take placement exams and enroll in the courses indicated after testing with few exceptions.

Students who place into developmental courses are required to begin their course sequences within the first two semesters as well as CPD150 during their first semester. 

Here's a test you can't fail!

The Accuplacer (reading, writing, and math) and CELSA (English language) placement tests are tools that help GCC advisors determine which classes are best for you. All new students seeking associates degrees or a transfer to a university are required to take placement tests in person at either GCC Main or North campus.

See the MCCCD steps to prepare for placement tests.

Use the Accuplacer study guides and resources (pdf).

Take a CELSA practice test.

When you go:

  • No reservation is needed. Tests are given on a walk-in basis.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Bring your eight-digit Student ID number.
  • Allow 2.5 hours to take the ACCUPLACER test.
  • Allow 45 minutes to take the CELSA test.

The Testing Services department also administers academic course placement and entrance tests in biologynursing and chemistry.


Building: Testing & Disabilities Services (TDS)
Phone: (623) 845-3058
Fax: (623) 845-3346
Email: Testing.Services@gccaz.edu
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Closed Fridays through Aug. 8
Building: GCCN C
Phone: (623) 845-4015
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
CLOSED Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

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