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Placement Center
Student Services Center, Room 104
510.215.3896
510.235.5819
Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Placement is one of the most important steps in the enrollment process. At Contra Costa College, we want to help you succeed, and part of your success as a college student depends on enrolling in courses that match your abilities and skills.

Get into the math, English, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Spanish classes that are right for you!

Check out our Math + English Placements FAQs to learn more about recent changes to how math and English placements are determined.

Which Placement Option Is Right For You?

  • Our placement options are only open to students who have submitted their application and intend to enroll at Contra Costa College.
  • Students who graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years should use Option 1 – Self Report with Your High School Transcript.
  • Students who have been out of high school for more than 10 years should use Option 2 – Guided Self Placement.
  • International students should use Option 2 – Guided Self Placement.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) students should complete the ESL Guided Self Placement.

Math + English

To find out your math and/or English course placement(s), you have two options: self reporting or guided self placement.

  • If you received a diploma from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years, you can use your high school transcripts for a placement. Use Option 1 below to self-report your information. Current high school students who have completed the 11th grade should also use this option.
  • If you received a high school diploma more than 10 years ago, did not receive a diploma, or have a diploma from another country, please use Option 2 below, the guided self-placement. Current high school students who have not completed the 11th grade should also use this option.
  • If English is not your first language, consider completing the ESL Guided Self Placement.

Option 1 – Self Report With Your High School Transcript

Use this option if you received a diploma from a U.S. high school in the last 10 years.

  • You will need your CCC username and password.
  • After entering all of your information, select “My Info is Correct” to begin processing your placement.
  • If English is not your first language, consider completing the ESL Guided Self Placement.
  • Please allow 24 hours for your results to be processed.
REPORT ENGLISH INFO REPORT MATH INFO

Option 2 – Guided Self Placement

Use this option if you received a high school diploma more than 10 years ago, did not receive a diploma, or have a diploma from another country.

  • You will need your CCC username and password.
  • Answer the survey questions to receive your placement.
  • If English is not your first language, consider completing the ESL Guided Self Placement.
  • Please allow 24 hours for your results to be processed.
ENGLISH SELF PLACEMENT MATH SELF PLACEMENT

English as a Second Language

To find out your ESL placement, complete the online ESL Guided Self Placement:

ESL PLACEMENT

What is the ESL Guided Self Placement?

The ESL Guided Self Placement [GSP] is an online survey that helps you choose the correct level for your classes.

The ESL GSP:

  • Requires Internet access
  • Will take up to one hour of your time
  • Has 3 sections: Reading, Listening & Writing
  • Will give you information about credit & non-credit options in the ESL Department
  • Will tell you what classes you should register for  
  • Will take 24 hours for your results to be processed. 

If you need help with the placement or registering for classes, join our Zoom help session every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.:

ESL Zoom Help

For more information about the English as a Second Language program, visit the ESL Department webpage:

ESL Department

Understanding Your ESL Placement

 The Guided Self Placement was created to provide a full placement into ESL courses based on four components: reading, grammar, listening/speaking, and writing.

Spanish Placement

To complete the Spanish placement challenge, contact the Placement Center atassessment@contracosta.edu or 510.215.3896.

To understand your Spanish placement, locate your score within the chart. To the right of your score, you will find the recommended course placement.

Spanish Scores Course Recommended
Below 200 Spanish 120
200-299 Spanish 121
300-399 Spanish 220
Above 400 Spanish 221

Documented Disabilities Testing

Any student with a documented disability who would like accommodations made for testing should contact the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) office located in Student Services Center, Room 109 prior testing.