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Placement Assessment

Find out which courses are best suited for your success.

What is Placement Assessment?

It's important to determine your current skill level in reading, writing and math before you register for classes.  Most new students take the Accuplacer placement test to identify the best beginning courses for success. You can’t fail a placement test, but it pays to be prepared and do your best. You'll need to know your placement before attending a new student advising session so advisors can help you plan.

Salem Campus Placement Testing Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am-5 pm
Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm

  • No appointment is required, but allow plenty of time for parking, check-in and testing
  • Read the Placement Assessment Map for parking information on the Salem Campus

About Testing

  • About the Accuplacer Placement Test

    Be Prepared for the Accuplacer Placement Test

    • A photo ID is required every time you test
    • Accuplacer is untimed, usually finished in about two hours, but some students need more time
    • There are two tests - reading and writing (combined) and math
    • You can take the two tests on separate days if you prefer
    • The test is free the first time; a re-test in the same calendar year costs $15 (cash or check)
    • If you're taking the test but not enrolling at Chemeketa, the cost is $25 (cash or check)

    Testing hours and follow-up advising are available at other locations. Call for a scheduled test or check walk-in hours before arriving to test. Timing and availability of advisors may vary at each location.

    Chemeketa Polk 
    1340 SE Holman Ave.
    Dallas, OR 97338
    Call 503.623.5567 to schedule a test time

    Chemeketa Woodburn
    120 E Lincoln St.
    Woodburn OR 97071
    Call 503.981.8820 to schedule a test time

    Yamhill Valley Campus
    288 NE Norton Lane
    McMinnville, Oregon 97128

Other Methods for Placement


    If you're an Oregon student who took the 11th grade Smarter Balanced (SBAC) test, your scores can be used up to one year after high school graduation for placement and be used for your Chemeketa Scholars application.

    How to Submit Your SBAC Scores

    • Get a copy of your Smarter Balanced (SBAC) scores from your high school office
    • Write your K# and date of birth on the form and submit a copy by email to
    • You can also take SBAC scores to any Chemeketa placement testing location 
    • Please allow 1-2 business days for processing

    Your SBAC score report must show –

    • Your name
    • The date of the tests
    • Your score for math
      • You need an SBAC math score of 3 or 4 to earn placement at Chemeketa
    • Your overall score English language arts (not just the four subject area scores for English language arts)
      • You need an overall English language arts score of 2, 3 or 4 to earn placement at Chemeketa
    • Visit Smarter Balanced FAQ for more details
  • Submit Placement Scores From Another College

    Some prior test scores translate to placement at Chemeketa. Chemeketa accepts COMPASS, ASSET or Accuplacer classic scores from other colleges as long as they are no more than five years old. 

    Chemeketa does not accept ALEKS or Accuplacer Next Generation test results. 

    How to Submit Placement Scores From Another College

    • Contact your previous college and arrange to have scores emailed to
    • Include your K# and date of birth on the score report or in the email
    • Please allow 1-2 business days for processing

    We make every effort to translate scores into placement when possible, but we can't guarantee your scores will translate into placement at Chemeketa because they may not include the specific tests the college uses.

  • Use Prior Credit for Placement

    If you earned college credit at a regionally accredited college or university in reading, writing or math with a C or higher it may be possible to use your transcripts instead of taking a placement test.

    How to Submit Prior Credits

    • Bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts to Placement Assessment (Bldg. 3, Rm. 267) or to Advising (Bldg. 2, Rm. 115) for review by an advisor
    • If you have already requested official transcripts be sent to Chemeketa's Enrollment Services, allow ample time for transcript evaluation

    Transcript evaluation may not be possible in time for you to register. Sometimes it’s more efficient to take the placement test in order to register for classes as soon as possible.

    High School College Credits

    High school College Credit Now courses with a C or higher can be used for placement, however they can't be used for the Chemeketa Scholars application. Students must submit Accuplacer test results or Smarter Balanced scores showing the required level of placement for the Chemeketa Scholars application.

  • Testing for Chemeketa Online and out-of-district students

    Let Us Search for an Accuplacer Remote Test Site Near You

    • Only an Accuplacer center that is listed as a remote test site can administer the Chemeketa versions of Accuplacer tests. Accuplacer tests are unique to each college. Just email Chemeketa's Placement Assessment office –
      • Your name
      • K#
      • Date of birth
      • Your city and state
    • We'll check the College Board/Accuplacer system to find a remote test site near you and send you a remote test voucher 
      • The voucher assures that you will take the Chemeketa version of Accuplacer
    • Schedule a test time with the testing center
    • Print and take the testing voucher with you to the test
    • Plan on approximately two hours to take the test, but Accuplacer is untimed. 
    • Chemeketa does not charge a fee, but the testing center you hire might
      • Chemeketa does not control the fees of other testing locations

    B Virtual Online Proctoring Services

    If you have a home computer with a webcam and a high-speed internet connection, you can use a live online proctored exam to take the Chemeketa Accuplacer tests.

    • Follow the instructions at B Virtual to register and become comfortable with how the online proctoring program operates
    • B Virtual charges a $25 proctoring fee for each of the two tests, which you pay through their site
    • We will make Chemeketa's Accuplacer test available through B Virtual. Email Chemeketa's Placement Assessment office –
      • Your name
      • K#
      • Date of birth
      • Test date

Send Chemeketa Scores to Another College


    Former Chemeketa students who still have access to My Chemeketa can view their previous placement test scores and placements in their student record. 

    Have Your Scores Emailed To Another College

    • Print and submit a signed placement test score request to Chemeketa's Placement Assessment office –
      • By email to
      • By fax to 503.399.4950
    • Please allow 1-2 business days for processing

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