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Placement Testing

Contact Us
Admissions Testing
Placement tests given on a drop in basis; no appointment necessary.
Angel Ruvalcaba, Program Specialist
Toll Free 1.866.900.2311
Fax 360.442.2359
Admissions Center, Rm. 154
see Campus Map
Office Hours
M-F 8 am - 5 pm
General Testing Hours
8 am - 5 pm
No testing on Fridays
Specific Testing Hours
English (Reading & Writing)

start test no later than 3 pm
start test no later than 3:30 pm

Students who plan to earn a degree or certificate or transfer to a four-year institution need to have their skill levels assessed before meeting with an advisor or registering for classes at Lower Columbia College.

What You Need for Placement Testing

  • $30 new student fee
  • Photo ID
  • Approximately 3+ hours for testing (You do not need to take all the tests in one day)

Prepare for Placement Testing: Practice Beforehand

English (Reading & Writing)

  • Sample question packets
  • What's on the test?
  • Helpful links to more practice material


  • How to use your Math Practice Account
  • More information about Mathematics
  • Helpful links to more practice material
  • Math Boot Camp

Placement Policies & Recommendations

  • Course placements are mandatory. Be sure to adequately prepare yourself prior to testing.
  • You are allowed one retake. You must wait 24 hours before retesting, and you should prepare beforehand.
  • Placement results expire after two years.

Request your Placement Test Scores

Request your test scores. Please fax this form to 360.442.2359.

Interpreting your Placement Score Results

Interpret your test scores. Placement test scores correspond with specific classes.

Alternatives to Placement Testing

I have already taken college classes

  • If you have already taken college level courses at LCC or another institution (especially English or Math), your credits may be transferable.
  • Get your transcript evaluated
  • Bring a copy of your transcripts to your new student orientation

I have already taken placement tests

  • If you took Placements tests at LCC or another institution within the last two years, you are welcome to use these scores. Scores from other colleges may be faxed to our office at 360.442.2359.
  • Note: LCC only accepts Compass placement test results

I qualify for the K12 Math Transfer Agreement (Math test is still required)

  • If you successfully completed math courses at a local high school, you may qualify to take college level Mathematics courses without placement. See Math Transfer Agreement for details. If you qualify for either of these alternatives, you must bring a copy of your transcript for review with an advisor.