All students are required to take the placement tests upon
arrival at the campus. The placement tests will determine your ability levels
English and math. The test is taken on a computer, so you will know the results minutes after completion. There is no time limit, but for most students the entire testing process takes 1-2 hours.
these computer-based placement tests to measure your skills in
English and Math:
Reading and/or Directed Self-Placement to test English proficiency
test arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry skills
Taking the Tests
When you arrive on campus, check in with the International Student
Program office to schedule your placement tests. You should give
yourself enough time to finish the test, which may be 1 - 2 hours
depending on your skills. Please check here for
testing center hours, study materials, and sample practice tests.
Please see our Test Tips below for information to help you be successful!
Advisors use your placement test scores to help you register for
classes. All international students must take an English proficiency
test before their first quarter. MyMathTest can be taken at any
time, but we recommend that math and science majors take it before
their first quarter.
You must show your passport and application fee receipt to take the
test. Please get a copy of your application fee receipt from the
International Student Programs Office before visiting the Testing
After the Test
When you have finished your test, you'll need to go the
International Student Programs office in Building 25 to register for
your classes. An ISP advisor will help you to do so.
If you feel that your test score is inaccurate and you wish to take
the test again, try again for FREE!
- Accuplacer: Can be taken up to 2
times per quarter
- MyMathTest: Can be taken up to 3
times per quarter
- Directed Self Placement (DSP): Sorry, but
the DSP may only be taken ONCE.
Exemptions from Taking Highline Placement Tests
You might not be required to take placement tests at Highline if you
meet any of the following criteria:
If you have completed a US-based college level writing
or composition class, such as WRIT 101 or ENG 101, with
a 2.0 grade point average (GPA), you are not required to take an
English placement test.
If you have completed a college level math class in the US or
abroad, such as any class above 100 level, with a 2.0
equivalent GPA, you are not required to take MyMathTest. Please
bring the course description of the course(s) you have taken and
your transcripts to determine your level
If you have taken a different English placement test at
another school and your score is less than 2 years old,
you may submit that score for placement. Please note that
Highline's placements may be different than at other schools.
Please speak with an ISP advisor if you believe
you meet any of the above criteria.
- Brush up on your math basics.
math test will have material that you may not have studied in a
long time, so visit
get an idea of what to expect.
- Allow enough time. You will need 1 - 2 hours to take the test. The test is not timed, so you can take as long as you want. There is no need to rush.
- Don't stress!
cannot fail these placement tests. The scores are only used to
put you in the classes that match your abilities. If your score
is low, you will be placed in more basic classes. If your score
is high, you will be place in higher level classes. Just do your
- Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on your test day.
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