All students who have not completed college level math and English courses must go through a placement process to provide information for appropriate course selection.* Non-native English speakers pursuing a degree or certificate may benefit from taking the English as a Second Language - Academic (ESLA) placement tests.

Placement testing is available by appointment for new students and students needing to take more than one test. To schedule your testing appointment, contact Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080 or the Testing Center at 360.383.3052. For ESLA placement testing, please contact the Testing Center directly to schedule an appointment. Prospective Running Start students should contact the Running Start Office at 360.383.3123 or for a testing appointment. Individual placement tests (e.g. math only) are available on a limited drop-in basis in Whatcom's Norma Stevens Testing Center.


Important notes

  • A one-time $20 placement testing fee must be paid prior to testing at the Cashier's Office (Laidlaw Center 141).
  • Testing fee forms are available in the Entry & Advising Center (Laidlaw Center 116) and the Testing Center (Laidlaw Center 133).
  • Photo ID is required for all testing. No exceptions.
  • Calculators are not permitted for the math placement test.


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*Whatcom Community College accepts official Asset, Compass, and Accuplacer scores from other colleges for English and reading only. WCC also honors math and English placements from other Washington state community and technical colleges for up to one year from the date of testing, otherwise, assessments must be taken at WCC. A Placement Reciprocity Form, along with official transcripts and/or placement results, must be submitted to the Placement Testing Coordinator to request placement.