Placement Testing

The College Placement Test (CPT) is used to determine your readiness for college level courses in English, Reading, and/or Mathematics.  Scores used for placement are based on UCO student success in college level courses.

The CPT is an adaptive test which means that the sequence of test questions presented to each student and the questions themselves will vary because they are based on responses to prior test questions.  The same student taking the same test twice in succession will almost always be given different questions. Every time you answer a question the computer selects the next questions to fit your skill level in the subject -- the test adapts to you!

Test Components

The Reading Comprehension Test includes questions which involve identifying main ideas in a reading passage, applying information, and drawing inferences from a passage. A second type of question involves answering questions about the relationship between two sentences. Categories covered include social sciences, natural and physical sciences, human relations and practical affairs, and the arts.

The Sentence Skills Test includes two different types of questions. The first type consists of sentence correction questions in which the student selects an appropriate word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. The second type, construction of shift questions, requires that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original question.

The Elementary Algebra Test also includes three types of questions. The first involves operations with integers and rational numbers, the second type involves operations with algebraic expressions, and the third type involves the solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems.

The Arithmetic Test includes three different types of questions. The first involves operations with whole numbers and fractions, the second type involves operations with decimals and percents, and the third type involves applications and problem solving.

Testing Information

  • In order to test, you must provide a valid photo ID (birth certificates and social security cards are not acceptable forms of identification as they do not have a photo).
  • You also must have completed an application for admission so that you have a student ID number. Click here to complete an online application.
  • Special testing accommodations are available upon request (contact Disability Support Services for eligibility information).
  • The CPT is not timed. Each section contains about 20 questions and takes 20-50 minutes to complete. Approximate time for completion of all sections is 2-2 ½ hours.
  • The CPT is computerized; however, computer knowledge is not required.
  • No appointment is necessary, but you must begin testing at least one hour prior to the posted closing time.
  • If your score in any given section is not at the required level for college level course placement, you have the option of retesting following the four week waiting period or after completing a specified number of study hours as outlined in the CPT Retest Policy.
  • Testing is limited to 3 times in each subject area.
  • Choose wisely when deciding when to test. If you are ill, pressed for time, or mentally preoccupied, it may be best to test at another time.