The Delgado placement test and ESL exams are $15 each. To attend a testing session, students must
- Submit a Delgado admission application - go to www.dcc.edu and click on the “Apply Now” box.
- Complete the free Delgado online orientation - go to www.dcc.edu, click “Future Students,” then click “Orientation” on the left side of the webpage. Examinees must provide their online orientation certificate of completion when they report for their placement test; first-time freshmen may then schedule their placement test.
Delgado provides two types of tests to determine a new student’s placement for college courses. The tests are
- Placement Tests in English, math, and reading
- English Language Proficiency Test
All degree-seeking college students (new, transfer, and re-admit students) who have not successfully completed college-level English and math courses or successfully completed developmental English or math courses with a grade of “C” or better within the last three years are required to take the Delgado placement assessment. Most assessments are computerized, and study guides are available at the Advising and Testing Office or at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org, www.testpreview.com, or www.khanacademy.org for math.
If you have a copy of your ACT score, bring it to the placement test. Each placement testing session lasts approximately two and a half hours. ACT and placement scores are valid for three years. Use this ACT test score table below to determine which placement test, if any, you will be required to take.
ACT scores acceptable to bypass the placement assessment must be within three years from the test date. Scores over three3 years are not accepted. Students are allowed to combine multiple ACT scores.
Do I have to take a placement test?
1 - 16
18 or higher
1 - 16
17 - 18
19 or higher
1 - 16
17 or higher
* An English ACT score of 17 qualifies students to take an ENGL 062/ENGL 101 combined course at Delgado, which may not be available at all locations. Please contact the testing office at your location for more information. An English ACT score of 18 places a student directly into ENGL 101 - English Composition I without the need for any developmental coursework in English.
** A Math ACT score of 17 - 18 qualifies students for Delgado’s MATH 099 - Algebra Foundations II. A Math ACT Score of 19 - 21 qualifies students to enroll in MATH 120 - Contemporary Math or MATH 128 - Applied Algebra. A Math ACT score of at least 22 is needed for students who want to take Delgado’s MATH 130 - College Algebra.
Placement tests are designed to determine levels of proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who demonstrate a need for basic skills development will be advised into the appropriate developmental studies course(s) via their placement test results. This service is designed to make sure you are placed in classes where you can be successful.
Items to Bring to the Test
- Certificate of completion of the online orientation
- Current government issued photo ID
- Assessment admit slip
- Two #2 pencils
Please arrive 30 minutes before test time to check in. First-time freshmen should prepare to stay four to five hours if they choose to complete testing, advising, and registration on the same day.
ESL English Proficiency Exam
All limited English proficiency students (students whose native language is a language other English or who come from an environment where a language other than English is dominant) must take the ESL Assessment. The results are valid for one year only. The ESL assessment consists of four Internet based assessments and a handwritten composition that is in English only. The ESL assessment will determine the student’s level of English proficiency in four areas: reading, composition, grammar, and listening. Scores on this assessment will help advisors in the ESL department determine students’ placement in ESL, if necessary. Students who demonstrate English proficiency may place into English 101. Study guides are available in Delgado’s testing centers.
ESL students taking the assessment must:
- Schedule an assessment online.
- Bring a photo ID to the assessment.
- Bring two #2 pencils to the assessment.
ESL students do not attend first-time freshman advising and registration sessions. First-time ESL students will meet with their advisors to receive their test scores and register by appointment.
Important Testing Guidelines
No cell phones, food, drinks, or other electronic devices are allowed in the testing rooms.
For first-time freshmen to schedule the placement test(s)and/ and to complete the first-time freshmen online orientation, see below procedures, call or email us, or visit your Delgado location and see below:
City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
Student Services Center, Building 2, Room 302
(504) 671-5080 / 5086
West Bank Campus, 2600 General Meyer Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
Building 2, Room 115
(504) 762-3198 / 3151
Delgado Sidney Collier Site, 3727 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 941-8514 / 8526
How to Use Appointment Plus to Complete Your Online Orientation and Schedule a Placement Test Online
- Go to www.dcc.edu.
- Click Future Student.
- Look on left side; click First-Time Freshmen.
- Click Orientation.
- Complete the 45-minute orientation.
- Copy your Orientation Confirmation.
- Click the small box that says Schedule Your Appointment Now.
- Enter your Delgado email address or register to log in.
- Select your campus, test (placement), and test date.
- Fill in your personal information: name, phone number, college-wide ID, email address.
- Select Finalize Appointment.
- You will receive an email confirmation to bring to the test with your ID and calculator.
Additional Online Course and Testing Requirements
Notification of Charges for Online Course and Testing Requirements
Delgado online classes may require proctored (supervised) exams or learning activities associated with verification of the student’s identity. Online students may have the option to go to a Delgado Community College campus/site or to a convenient off-campus location as approved by the instructor. Some courses require use of technology and a proctored testing software or service where additional fees may be assessed. Online proctoring charges are approximately $17.50 per one-hour exams for courses in which online monitoring is required. However, the above proctoring rate is only an estimate as course and testing requirements for online courses vary. Delgado students are responsible for checking with the instructor before the online course begins to ensure that the projected additional costs and the student’s schedule and location enable successful completion of all course requirements.
For more information, see Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Student FAQs.
First Time Freshman Advising and Registration Sessions
The Office of Advising and Testing at Delgado Community College offers First Time Freshman Advising and Registration Sessions to assist new students with class selection and navigating the LoLA registration system. Sessions are offered at various times and days of the week throughout the registration period at all Delgado locations. Students should be prepared to spend approximately four to five hours on campus if they choose to complete the assessment, advising, and registration on the same day. To attend a First Time Freshman Advising and Registration Session you must:
1. Be a new student (have never attended any college previously)
2. Complete a Delgado Admissions Application
3. Complete Delgado’s Online Orientation
4. Complete the Delgado Placement Assessment or have sufficient ACT scores for class placement (see above chart)
At the end of the Advising & Registration session, you will have your class schedule, a curriculum sheet, and a two-semester course outline prepared by an Academic Advisor.