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College Placement Test (CCPT and ESL Test)

CCPT (Community College Placement Test)

On October 28th, 2015, the Community College of Aurora will be using the CCPT as its college placement test. New CCA students will need CCPT results or ESL (Accuplacer LOEP, if English is second language) in order to enroll for classes. You will be required to take a test unless you can demonstrate previous college coursework in English and Math or that you have sufficient test scores that are less than 5 years old (ACT or SAT, for example).

CCA uses the CCPT to place students into appropriate classes. CCPT tests are available during testing center business hours by appointment only. You will need to book two separate appointments for English and Math. The CCPT measures your knowledge in the areas of English, Reading, and Math. 

Test Information

The  placement test (CCPT) is an untimed multiple choice test (except for the essay) and takes about 3 hours to complete. You will need to know which MATH COURSE you need for your program of study BEFORE you test. Please click here for information that will help you select the right math course. This document will help you fill out the background questions when you book your appointment or take your test. The test includes:

Reading (multiple choice)
Writing (essay)
Basic Algebra
One of the following, depending on score:
  • Linear Arithmetic
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
These require a separate test and it is available to students who score at least 60 on the Intermediate Algebra test.

We strongly recommend taking the math and English portions on separate days.

Testing Policy

It is important to do your best when taking the test. A student can only take any part of the test once in a one year period. It is strongly advised to prepare for your test, as you will not be allowed to retest before the next year. Accommodations for students with disabilities can be made through the Accessibility Services Office.

Preparing for your test

The possibilities for retesting are limited, and your CCPT test results will have a great time and financial impact on your education. There are many ways to prepare for your test:

  • Grab a CCA CCPT study workbook at any of these locations: Testing Center, Admissions or Advising, study on your own prior to testing. (Get it online here)
  • Math only: Go to  for online assessments and study materials tailored to your needs!
    • Register with your email and confirm.
    • Select CCA CCPT Test Prep
    • Enter the code: CCA-CCPT-Prep

Visit these websites for more study materials:

If you are a future CCA student in another state, and cannot test in Colorado, fill out a Remote Placement Test Form for CCA Enrollment


The cost of the CCPT is $10, which has to be paid when you come in to test. The cashiers accept cash, debit and credit cards. The cost is $10 for a full test or for Math only or English only.


ACCUPLACER® Placement Test and LOEP (ESL) Placement Test

CCA no longer uses the Accuplacer to place students into appropriate classes, as of October 28th, 2015. However, the Accuplacer LOEP is still used for ESL students. 

Testing Policy:

It is important to do your best when taking the test. A student can only take any part of the test twice in a three year period. A student is not allowed to take any section of the test more than once the same day. If you do not receive the scores you desire, we strongly encourage you to take any of the following options to study/improve your score. If you did not score into a college-level or developmental course, you will be required to wait three days (between tests), or take a workshop before you can retest. Please click on the links below for more information.


How much does it cost?

Who has to take it?

Are there any Assessment Exemptions?

What's on the test?

What do I need to know before I take the test?

What workshops can I attend to prepare for my test?

What are my options if I don't place into a course?

Tips for Accuplacer

The Accuplacer is a placement test. It is important that you do your best on the test to ensure proper placement. You will only benefit from this: you will complete your degree faster!

  • Study for your test! There are many different ways to get prepared for your test at CCA. Click here for more details.
  • Get enough sleep the night before your test. It will make it easier to concentrate!
  • Arrive early to ensure you have time to complete your test without rushing through it. Click here for the Testing Center Hours at CentreTech, and here for hours at Lowry.
  • Choose the right test: if English is not your primary language and/or you haven't completed high school in the United States, you might benefit from taking the LOEP ESL Placement Test. Learn more about LOEP ESL Accuplacer Test.





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