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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Placement Testing

The Testing Center at the Marple Campus is open for in-person and remote placement testing by scheduled appointments only. Testing is made available by appointment on the following days and times: 

  • In-person Placement testing: Monday to Thursday - 9 a.m.,1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Remote Placement testing: Monday to Thursday - Test times available between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

To schedule a testing session, either in-person or remote, students should contact the testing center at or call 610-325-2776.

IMPORTANT: If you have scheduled an in-person test at the Marple Campus, you will enter through the STEM building. There security will conduct a health screening check and provide you with a wristband. Once your check is completed, you may proceed to the Testing Center, Room 4260, Academic Buidling. A mask must be worn at all times while on Campu

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 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

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 college-level placement in English and/or math. Students should have their score reports and/or school transcripts sent to the Assessment Services Office (

  • Minimum SAT score of 500 in EBRW 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 Reading 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 Algebra II and all other math classes of "B" or higher.