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 in writing and mathematics skills, which helps 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 must complete the placement process. To view the available placement options, visit the Assessment Paths page.

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.  Please note: ALEKS may not be taken after getting a letter grade (A - F) in a math course at Clark.

The ALEKS placement assessment is computer-based and has a three hour time limit; students take 60 to 90 minutes on average for the ALEKS assessment. 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.