English and Math Placement Testing

Placement testing is the first step toward student success. As a community college, Clark serves a very diverse population with classes ranging from adult basic education to university transfer.

Assessment begins with placement testing in writing and mathematics skills, which help determine the level of coursework for which you are prepared and also readiness for entry into specific programs. Recommendations range from refresher courses to honors classes.

All students entering the college for the first time are encouraged to complete placement testing. ALEKS Math Placement testing and/or the English Readiness Assessment is required to enroll in English, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology and other courses which list an ALEKS Math Placement or English Readiness Assessment score pre-requisite.

Clark College utilizes the ALEKS Placement Assessment to accurately place students. The ALEKS assessment is not utilized like a traditional pass or fail test. There is no "passing" score. Rather, scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. The information will not be used to deny admission to the college. Whatever the results, Clark has a starting place for you.

The ALEKS placement assessment is a computer-based assessment and has a three hour time limit. Placement testing is offered on a walk in basis after spending three hours in the ALEKS prep and learning module.


If after taking the ALEKS math test, you are dissatisfied with your placement recommendation, you will need to make an appointment with the current Mathematics Division Prerequisite and Adjunct Evaluator. You can get his/her contact information by calling (360) 992–2588. At this time, bring any documentation that will support your request for a placement different from the recommendation based on your ALEKS test results. It is the policy of the Mathematics Department that you meet the proper prerequisites as listed in the college catalog for enrollment in any mathematics course.