A placement test is used to find a student's strengths and weaknesses, and to help determine where a student is ready to begin their coursework in math and English. A placement test is not like most traditional tests because there is no way to "pass" or "fail."
Some programs Seattle Central have specific placement test score requirements. (For instance, many programs require readiness for English 101.) You should check these requirements carefully. If you don't meet the program requirements, you will be placed in classes to help build your skills.
Please click below for instructions for taking each type of placement test.
- How to take the Placement Test for English Placement - Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (pdf)
- WBST Practice Test A (pdf)
- How to Take the Placement Test for ESL/English for non–native speakers - College Success Test (pdf)
- How to Take the Placement Test for Math - ALEKS PPL (pdf)
New Math Placement Coming May 15
Starting May 15, Seattle Central will offer a new self-placement for math. This free tool allows students to assess their own skill and comfort with math, place themselves into the right level, and discover if a refresher course would help. Advisors can offer guidance to determine the right math class for an intended degree. Visit this website on or after May 15, 2023 to use the new math directed self-placement tool.
Please not that anyone who has purchased an ALEKS placement test may use those credits until January 19, 2024. Students who have completed ALEKS do not need to take the new self-placement for math.