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Step 2: Study For & Take Placement Tests

Do you need to take placement tests? Yes, if:

  • You are attending college for the first time (and do not have prior college credit) AND
  • you want to earn an associate’s degree or transfer to a college/university to complete a bachelor’s degree

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...but you CAN study for!

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 (with no prior college credit) 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 & Student Success Services (TS3)
Phone: (623) 845-3058
Fax: (623) 845-3346
Email: Testing.Services@gccaz.edu
Building: GCCN C-118
Phone: (623) 845-4015
Fax: (623) 845-4041
Email: gcn@gccaz.edu

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