Placement Testing

Before registering for courses at Oakland Community College (OCC), students must take placement exams.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Accuplacer WritePlacer (writing) placement exams are required before students may enroll in any OCC courses. 
  • Students who plan to enroll in math or math-based courses must take the ALEKS-PPL math placement exam.
  • MTELP is required for students who are not native English speakers.
  • Students may be eligible to test into a higher level Biology class through taking the Biology Placement exam. 

More information about placement exams is available on the OCC Placement Testing website.

Before making arrangements for an off-site proctor, please check the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) list of partners.  Most MCO partners offer the MTELP exam (for non-native English speakers); some offer Accuplacer (Reading Comprehension and WritePlacer) and ALEKS-PPL. 

Students living more than 45 miles from an OCC campus

Out-of-state students and students living more than 45 miles from an MCO partner must obtain OCC approval to test at an off-site location. 

  1. You are responsible for locating an acceptable proctoring location.
Acceptable proctoring sites are:
  • College and university testing centers
  • Public library testing centers
  • Professional testing centers
  • Military education officers, commanding officers, and military education centers
  1. Complete and submit the online OCC Student Placement Test Proctoring Request Form which at least 10 working days prior to the time the exam is to be administered.
  2. You will receive an email notification from Office of the Dean of Learning Resources when the proctoring site has been approved.
  3. Instructions will be sent to the proctoring site.
  4. You are responsible for contacting the proctoring site to make an appointment to take the exam.
  5. You are responsible for any costs charged by the proctoring site.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities should follow the accommodation procedures for tests that have assigned by the OCC ACCESS offices. The ACCESS offices will work with students to ensure appropriate off-site accommodations.  All other OCC policies for test proctoring apply.


ASC - Auburn Hills
Phone 248.232.4435

ASC - Highland Lakes
Phone 248.942.3035

ASC - Orchard Ridge
Phone 248.522.3435