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GCC Math & English Placement

Guam Community College uses the ACCUPLACER Test to determine a student's placement for English and Math courses. 

Colleges use ACCUPLACER to assess your skill levels in reading, writing, and math to determine if you’re ready to take courses that will earn you credits at that school. If you show proficiency in a subject, you won’t have to take developmental courses and can start earning credits right away that count toward a degree or certificate.


Placement Test Schedule
To schedule your placement test, please contact a counselor or academic advisor before you make a $22 (non-refundable fee) payment and schedule your test.

Request for Virtual or Walk-in Counseling of Academic Advisement Services

After speaking to a counselor or academic advisor and making payment, click on one of the links below to schedule your placement test on the dates available. Due to Covid-19 protocols, each test date can only accommodate 10 (ten) students per testing session.

 Testing will be administered in Building 5000 (Student Center) on the second floor Rm 5204.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 9:00 am
Monday, December 13, 2021 9:00 am
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:00 am 
(Test date will open when prior test date is Full)
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:00 am (Test date will open when prior test date is Full)
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:00 am (Test date will open when prior test date is Full)
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 9:00 am (Test date will open when prior test date is Full)
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 9:00 am (Test date will open when prior test date is Full)
Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:00 am (Test date will open when prior test date is Full)

You will need your receipt prior to signing up for a placement test date. Please pay the placement test fee of $22 prior to scheduling your placement test.
Payment is accepted at the Cashier's Office, Bldg. 2000, Room 2119, M - F - 8AM to 4PM.

Placement by the CLYMER Program

If you are a recent High School Graduate, check out the CLYMER Program to see if you are eligible. CLYMER Program is temporarily suspended for 2021 High School graduates.

For Summer Session Applicants and DEAL Applicants, Or for more information, please contact:
AVA GARCIA, Program Specialist, 671-735-1122 or 
GARY HARTZ, Associate Dean, 671-735-5573 | 671-735-5520


Placement by WorkKeys 

Special Announcement: Guam Community College accepts valid Gold and Platinum WorkKeys Certificates for enrollment into MA110A and/or EN110 instead of a placement exam.

Contact Associate Dean Gary Hartz at 671-735-5573 or for more information. WorkKeys GCC Placement Flyer



What's on the ACCUPLACER Test?

All ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format except for WritePlacer®, which is an essay test. There’s no time limit on the multiple-choice tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills. 

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology, which means the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question determines the difficulty level of the next question, so it’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

Remember: No one passes or fails ACCUPLACER tests, but it’s important to complete the test using your best effort, so you can get an accurate measure of your academic skills and be placed in the appropriate course.



Reading Test

The Reading test assesses your ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included.


Writing Test

The Writing test evaluates your ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text.


Math Tests

The Arithmetic test focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The Arithmetic test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents

The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Rational Numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

The Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and Rational Equations
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Trigonometry

WritePlacer Essay

The WritePlacer essay measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to your academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesn’t affect your score. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Purpose and Focus: The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue
  • Organization and Structure: The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
  • Development and Support: The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
  • Sentence Variety and Style: The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which you express ideas using Standard Written English.
  • Critical Thinking: The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.




Link to Official Acccuplacer Sample Questions and Study App

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