Placement Testing

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Upon enrollment, all of our students are required to take one to three placement tests.

Our placement tests are not pass or fail; the results are used to ensure you are enrolled in courses that match your skill level and subject knowledge. These assessments also help us identify any potential opportunities for you to bypass courses not required for your degree or transfer pathway.  Testing is done Monday through Friday in the Enrollment Center located on the first floor of RJF Hall (formerly the Main Building).  No RSVP is required, but please remember to bring a picture ID.  Testing starts at 8 a.m. and the last testing time starts at 3:30 p.m.  

We provide three placement tests: ALEKS PPLAccuplacer and Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP), to determine your strengths and weaknesses in subjects including:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading comprehension

After you have reviewed which test you will need to take, schedule an appointment or drop in for testing at our Grand Rapids or Lakeshore Campus.

Which Test Do You Need to Take?

You must take all three placement tests (Reading, Writing and Math) if you have one of the following:

  • A GPA of 1.99 or lower.
  • A GED (no high school diploma).
  • No high school degree, GED or college credits.

If you have a high school GPA of 2.0 or above:

SAT or ACT Scores Placement Test Needed
ACT score in math, reading or English is 17 or lower.

Both tests must be proctored on campus:

  • Accuplacer 
SAT math, reading or writing and language score is 24 or lower.

Both tests must be proctored on campus:

  • Accuplacer - 
SAT math test score is above 24.
ACT math test score is 18 or higher.

Can be taken at a location of your choosing, unproctored:


If you are transferring from another college:

GPA/Credits Earned Placement Test Needed
2.0 GPA or higher with a minimum of 12 credits earned. You must take ALEKS PPL only if you are enrolling in a math course at GRCC and have not completed a math course that fulfills a GRCC math prerequisite.
1.99 GPA or lower, or fewer than 12 credits earned.

Your transfer classes will be evaluated for equivalency to testing requirements, and your placement testing requirements will be assigned and communicated to you.