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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.  The College Board determines acceptable forms of ID as –
      • Drivers license
      • High School ID
      • College ID
      • State or federal ID card
      • Passport
      • Tribal ID card
      • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
      • College Board official ID form
    • 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)
    • We provide you with paper, pencil, calculator, etc.  No need to bring them with you.
    • 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.  They can also 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
    • An email will be posted to your My Chemeketa email account to confirm 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 overallscore 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
    • Most high school student portals do not show the full detail needed to process your SBAC scores, so we ask that students get copies from their high school office
    • 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.

  • 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 Advising (Bldg. 2, Rm. 115) for review by an advisor or email them to along with your name and Chemeketa Student ID Number (K#). The unofficial transcript is used in advising to determine placement only.
    • If you are a degree-seeking student, remember to also submit official college transcripts for evaluation to Enrollment Services.  This process is for possible transfer of credits from another institution to your Chemeketa transcript.

    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.

  • GED Scores

    Students who completed the GED College Ready tests in Reasoning Through Language Arts and Mathematical Reasoning can submit test transcripts for review.  GED College Ready tests were first available in 2016, so students who completed GED prior to 2016 will need to take Accuplacer for placement.

    Bring your GED transcript to any Chemeketa placement assessment location or email a copy of your GED transcript to for review along with your Chemeketa student ID number (K number).  Allow 1-2 days for processing. An email will be posted to your My Chemeketa email account to confirm.

    GED Test NameSubjectScoresChemeketa
    Reasoning Through Language Arts    Reading   165 and higher RD 120
    Reasoning Through Language Arts    Reading   155-164 RD 115
    Reasoning Through Language Arts    Reading   145-154 RD 090
    Reasoning Through Language Arts Writing 165 and higher WR 121
    Mathematical Reasoning Math 165 and higher MTH 111


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

    Option 1.  Let Us Search for an Accuplacer Remote Test Site Near You

    • Only an Accuplacer center that agrees to serve as a remote test site can administer the Chemeketa versions of Accuplacer tests. Accuplacer tests are unique to each college. If you take another school's version of Accuplacer there is a possibility it won't translate into a placement at Chemeketa.
    • Just email and include the following information –
      • Your name
      • K#
      • Date of birth
    • We'll check the zip code in your Chemeketa student record and we'll email you that information.  If you want to drive to that center we'll create a test voucher for you to take there to access the Chemeketa version of Accuplacer.  
    • After you receive the test voucher in your My Chemeketa gmail account 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

    Option 2: Examity Online Proctoring Services (formerly B Virtual)

    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. Examity charges a $25 proctoring fee for each of the two tests, which you pay directly through their web site.

    Steps to arrange Examity –

    • Review the Examity Student Guide
    • Email Chemeketa's Placement Assessment office at 
      • Your name
      • K#
      • Date of birth
      • Test date
    • You will receive a test voucher in your My Chemeketa student email account

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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