Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Placement Testing

Placement test
The placement test can be waived for students having a college composition course and /or a college mathematics course from an accredited college with a final grade of C or better. Students can also waive the placement test with the appropriate SAT or ACT scores(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 at 610-359-5322.

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

SAT/ACT Scores
SAT or ACT scores may be used for placement in math and/or English courses. Students should have their official scores sent to Assessment Services at the College. The Colleges school code for the SAT is 2125 and for the ACT is 3542. Scores must be current within 5 years of the student starting classes. To waive the placement test, students must receive the following minimum scores:

  • English/Reading = SAT verbal: 500; ACT verbal: 18 
  • Math = SAT math: 530; ACT math: 20