Placement Testing

All placement testing can be taken at the Academic Support Center at any campus.

ACCUPLACER English Placement

Students entering Oakland Community College may submit SAT, ACT scores, English college transfer credit or meet the ACCUPLACER placement exemptions.

Placement testing is a service provided by Oakland Community College to determine placement into OCC classes only. Visit the ACCUPLACER page for more details.

  • To insure proper course placement, testing is mandatory for all new students who have not met the ACCUPLACER placement exemptions.
  • Placement tests measure skill accomplishment in reading and writing.
  • Scores indicate skill levels only; there is no passing or failing.
  • Allow approximately 2½ hours for testing.
  • An OCC student ID number and a photo ID must be presented in order to take the placement test.

ALEKS Math Placement

Students wishing to take a math course at OCC will take the ALEKS Math Placement.  This test is used to place you into the appropriate math course.  There is a required practice test.  Visit the ALEKS page for more details.

MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency)

The MTELP, or Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency, is a language placement exam measuring a students ability in English as a second language. Its primary purpose is to assess a learner's English language ability at an academic or advanced business level.  The test structure is similar to other Michigan Proficiency exams in that it is in a multiple-choice format. The MTELP consists of grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension sections. Visit the MTELP page for more details.

Biology Proficiency Test

The Biology Proficiency Test is used to determine if students have sufficient background in introductory biology to enroll in BIO 1570 (Microbiology of Health and Disease) and BIO 2630 (Anatomy and Physiology I). Visit the Biology Proficiency page for more details.

Students with disabilities who may need assistance on Placements should contact the ACCESS office prior to taking the test.  They will need to provide documentation of a qualifying disability and its functional limitation.