Testing Center

Determine What Classes You Need

Prior to registering for classes, most students need to take an English and math placement test as part of the Admission process.

  • Placement is determined by taking an assessment test call ACCUPLACER, OR
  • By submitting documentation that exempts you from taking the ACCUPLACER.

If English is your second language, you may ask to take a different version of the ACCUPLACER called LOEP.

What to Expect:

  • You should prepare to take the ACCUPLACER. Look under Resources located on the Testing Center Home page.
  • Allow approximately two hours to complete the assessment. The test is not timed.
  • You are given your placement scores immediately after you complete the ACCUPLACER.
  • New students to Edmonds Community College are then asked to sign up for a one-hour advising session.
    • Advising sessions are scheduled throughout the day and the week. Most students are able to attend a session within an hour after they complete the ACCUPLACER.
    • If you are unable to attend an advising session on the day you take the ACCUPLACER, you may schedule a time and day that works for you.
  • You are ready to register for classes after you attend an advising session.

Challenging your Placement

  • You may retake the ACCUPLACER once per quarter.
  • A $25 retest fee applies.
  • Please note: after you are initially assessed, if you start taking classes based on your placement, you may not retest as a way to skip classes in a sequence.

ACCUPLACER Exceptions – Documentation is Required

You may not need to take the ACCUPLACER, or may only need to complete part of the test if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • You completed English Composition and/or Intermediate Algebra at an accredited college or university, within the past five years, and with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
  • You previously earned a Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university.
  • You previously earned an Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree from a Washington State Community or Technical College.
  • You took the ACCUPLACER, COMPASS assessments at another college within the past two years (if your assessment scores were obtained at another Washington State Community or Technical College, see Placement Reciprocity below).

If any of the conditions pertain to you, submit your documentation to Testing Center.

Alternative Assessment

Assessment and/or placement in English and Math courses, and determining pre-requisites for other courses can be determined through a variety of options. These include: 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.
  • Smarter Balanced test scores.
  • High School transcripts (in limited situations).
  • Assessment/Test scores from other institutions.
  • Transcripts from other institutions.

Students are required to bring a photo ID and unofficial copies of test results or transcripts to the Testing Center. The Testing Center Staff will review the documents and determine placement.  In cases where placement is not clear based on test scores or transcripts, Testing Center staff will consult with the appropriate department and/or faculty to assist with a final determination.

Please note that if the student wants AP or IB test scores and/or a transcript officially evaluated for purposes other than placement, official copies of AP or IB test scores and/or transcripts are required and a separate process is followed.  This process is outlined on the Edmonds CC website under Transcript Evaluation.


EdMail: You are required to use it! It is the way we communicate with you.

The college assigns all students EdMail (email) accounts within a couple of days after they register for their first class. Note: if you are a former student returning after time away from school, check with the Enrollment Services Office to confirm what email address we have on file for you. We use the address recorded in the Enrollment Services records. To gain access to your account, follow the steps at www.edcc.edu/edmail.