Course Placement Exam

The course placement test assesses students’ skill levels in the areas of reading comprehension, Writeplacer and mathematics. Results help determine appropriate placement for enrollment.

Placement test results can also be used to remove high school deficiencies and to meet admission requirements.


There is no fee to take the placement test.

Testing Sites

Metro Campus, Northeast Campus, Southeast Campus, West Campus, Owasso Community Campus, & the Education Outreach Center.

If you live outside the Tulsa area and would like to take the course placement test at a location in your area and have scores submitted for admission to TCC, please contact the Northeast Campus Testing Center at (918) 595-7534 to obtain current course placement testing locations throughout the nation. If you live in Northeast Oklahoma, TCC is your closest site.


No registration or appointment is needed. Compass placement tests are administered on a walk-in basis based on computer availability at each campus. However, you MUST obtain a written referral from the Academic Advisement office prior to testing.

What to Expect?

The course placement test covers three subjects: Mathematics, Writeplacer and Reading.

The test is not Pass/Fail. It evaluates your skill level in the specific subject areas so that you will be placed in appropriate courses for academic success. You will be placed in either college-level courses or courses designed to prepare you for college-level courses, depending on your readiness.

All parts of the exam are untimed. You may take as much time as you need on any or all sections (Mathematics, Writeplacer, Reading).

The exam has an accessibility wizard that may be used at any time by clicking on the icon located on every page of the test.  This feature will allow you to adjust the font type and size, color scheme, and line spacing at any point during the test.  The math tests provide a calculator when it is allowed for a problem (no outside calculators allowed).

You are welcome (and highly encouraged) to take breaks as needed during the test.

If at any time during the test you need to leave or decide to finish it on another day, let the testing staff know and your test will be saved. It is best not to continue on the test if you can’t focus or have to rush. Remember, you want to be placed accurately into TCC courses.

The scores you receive on the test WILL determine course enrollment. Your scores may place you into college-level courses (for degree credit) or developmental prep for college-level courses (not for degree credit).

Students requiring special testing accommodations need to contact the Education Access Center prior to the test to identify appropriate accommodations as needed.  The Education Access Center can be reached at 918-595-7115. 
Accuplacer Placement Tests are available in alternative formats such as braille, paper, large print and audio CD.


For more information on how to prepare:


Accuplacer Study App


Khan Academy
Test Prep Review - Math


Test Prep Review - Reading


Test Prep Review - Writeplacer