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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Placement Testing


The Testing Center at the Marple Campus is open on a limited basis for onsite (face-to-face) placement testing by scheduled appointments only. Onsite testing will be made available by appointment on MondayTuesday, or Wednesday for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. sessions.

Students are encouraged to test remotely. Remote testing for the Placement test is available upon request and must meet equipment requirements for test takers' devices. To schedule a testing session, either onsite or remote, students should contact the testing center at [email protected] or call 610-325-2776.

IMPORTANT: All students must wear face covering and be screened when entering buildings. When you enter the Academic Building, note that hallways are marked for traffic. Please make sure you follow the marked signs; and understand there may be some casual contact in certain areas that is unavoidable. Please make sure you keep to one side as you walk through out the College. When you get to 4260 (fourth flour), please wait at the designated  area and at the floor markings (ensuring that you are 6-feet away from other test takes until you are called.

Please note that students can waive the placement test with the appropriate SAT or ACT scores or other measures (see below for eligible scores). New students that are not eligible to waive the placement test are required to test for English composition, reading and mathematics. Test results indicate your current skills in these academic areas and will help you and your counselor plan your academic schedule, including any remedial courses that may be necessary.

You are encouraged to prepare for the placement test. To review for the placement test, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org. You will find sample questions on the website and the option to purchase a study app for either your computer or your smartphone that will give you much more review.

Before students can schedule placement examinations a Delaware County Community College application must be submitted. Students receive an admissions package shortly after applications are received that include important information about accessing the student communications portal delaGATE, and registering for placement tests. For questions about placement testing, contact Assessment Services either at 610-359-5322 or 610-325-2776.


Placement test for English as a second language

If you have indicated that you need instruction in English as a second language, an ESL placement test is recommended to accurately assess and determine the class placement that is most appropriate for you. To register for an ESL test, contact Assessment Services at 610-359-5322. TOEFL or IBT scores may be used to waive the ESL placement test and give eligibility to take the native English and reading placement test. Scores must be current within 5 years of the start of classes. Students must receive the following minimum scores:

TOEFL - IBT - 80
TOEFL - paper test - 550
IELTS - 6.5

To review for the placement test visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org.


Placement Test Waivers and Exemptions

The following scores and school transcript information may be used to exempt students from taking one of our placement tests and used for for college-level placement in English and/or math. Students should have their score reports and/or school transcripts sent ot the Assessment Services Office ([email protected]).

  • Minimum SAT score of 500 in ERW and/or score of 530 in Math, taken within the last 5 years. To send official SAT scores, please use the College's school code 2125.
  • Minimum ACT score of 18 in English and/or score of 20 in Math, taken within the last 5 years. To send official ACT scores, please use the College's school code 3542.
  • Minimum PSAT score of 500 in English and/or score of 530 in Math, taken within the last 5 years.
  • Minimum Keystone score (or equivalent) of "Proficient" or Advanced" in Literature and/or in Algebra 1, taken within the last 5 years.
  • A college transcript indicating students have earned a U.S. college degree or have passed college-level English or math at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • For English placement, a score of 3 on the AP English Lit/Com Exam, taken with the last 5 years.
  • For English placement, a high school transcript with a GPA of 3.25 or greater for 4 years from an American high school with grades in all English classes "B" or higher.
  • For math placment, a high school transcript with GPA or 3.00 or greater for 3 years from an American high school with grades in all math classes "B" or higher.