Placement Information

Start Your Journey on the Right Track

Our colleges now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement for students.  The placement methods listed below are effective for enrollment into courses beginning in the Spring 2020 term. To view the current placement chart, click here.

Placement with a High School Transcript

Note: If an official high school transcript is required for financial aid or a program application, you must have the official transcript sent directly from your high school to the Admissions & Records/Enrollment Services office on your campus.

If you have attended high school within the past 10 years and have completed at least two years of high school, you can submit your high school transcript for placement.

Submit your high school transcripts to the Admissions, Records, and Registration Office at your preferred college. When you meet with an advisor, take an unofficial copy of your high school transcripts with you.

Placement with an ACT score

Request your ACT scores be sent to your preferred college within five years of taking the test.

Placement with an SAT score

Request your SAT scores be sent to your preferred college within five years of taking the test.

Placement with a GED score

Request your GED scores be sent to your preferred college.

Online option

To complete the form online, students should log in and have a digital copy of their unofficial high school transcript, ACT scores, SAT scores, or GED scores.

High School GPA, ACT, SAT, GED Submission Form

Placement with a Placement Test

Our other option is to take a placement test. You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:

  • You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
  • Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score, SAT score, or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • You wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

Be sure to visit www.maricopa.edu/placement to prepare for your placement test and to access ACCUPLACER and CELSA practice tests.

Please use the following criteria to better understand placement through high school transcripts, ACT scores, SAT scores or GED scores:

High School cumulative, unweighted GPA
At least 2 years of HS
No more than 10 years out of HS

ACT
Placement based on individual subject area test scores. Scores are valid for 5 years.

SAT
Placement based on individual subject area test scores. Scores are valid for 5 years.

GED
Only valid for tests taken during or after 2014

English

Math

Reading

3.0 or above*

22 or above

New SAT (starting 2016)
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 480-800; Math: 530-800

Old SAT (before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: 860-1590; Math: 500-800

175-200

ENG 101

MAT15X or 187

CRE101

2.6 - 2.99

18-21

New SAT (starting 2016)
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 460-470; Math: 510-520

Old SAT (before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: 820-840; Math: 470-490

165-174

ENG 101

MAT 14X or 12X

RDG100

Below 2.6

Below 18

New SAT (starting 2016)
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: below 460; Math: below 510

Old SAT (before 2016)
Writing plus Critical Reading: below 820; Math: below 470

Below 165

Take Writeplacer

Take ACCUPLACER

Take ACCUPLACER

*Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Eligibility: Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools, homeschool), with a final, unweighted, GPA of 3.25 or higher.

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