Preparing for CCBC's Placement Tests

ACCUPLACER and ALEKs are not college admission tests.

CCBC uses the computerized placement test, ACCUPLACER and ALEKs, to place you in classes that match your skill level. You can prepare and practice for the test! Check with your academic advisor first to identify which test(s) you should prepare for.

CCBC administers ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading for academic literacy/English.

CCBC administers ALEKS for math.


This free app is provided by College Board and ACCUPLACER. It features practice tests in each subject and is accessible from most devices. Become familiar with the content and format of the test and improve on your skills before test day!

Download the free ACCUPLACER practice app»

Additional ACCUPLACER and ALEKs prep: The Student Success Center also offers up to three hours of tutoring to students who are preparing for the math portion of the ALEKs. Students also have unlimited ModuMath usage.

ESOL placement testing

This test is for non-native English speakers. If an academic advisor recommends that you take the ESOL assessment, CCBC administers the Michigan English Placement Test (EPT). Michigan EPT is designed to quickly and reliably place ESOL students into appropriate ability levels. It provides an accurate assessment of a test taker’s general language proficiency.

Michigan EPT measures performance in the following key skill areas:
  • Listening comprehension
  • Grammatical knowledge
  • Vocabulary range
  • Reading comprehension
There are 80 questions on the Michigan EPT:
  • 25 listening items
  • 20 grammar items
  • 20 vocabulary items
  • 15 reading comprehension items
All questions are multiple choice with three options for the listening section and four options for all other sections. The Michigan EPT assessment test is timed for 60 minutes.

Students will also will be asked to complete a take a writing test. You will be given one hour to complete the writing test.

Review sample items for the Michigan English Placement Test»