Delgado Community College offers an optional placement assessment for potential students who have not taken the ACT test within the past three years, or who do not have sufficient ACT scores for class placement. 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.
There is a $15 non-refundable fee ($40 for non-Delgado students) to take either assessment.
To attend a testing session, students must
The Testing Center administers a standardized placement assessment, the College Board ACCUPLACER Next Generation Test. Applicants will not be refused admission to the college because of assessment scores. Scores are valid for three years and are used for academic advising and placement only. View sample questions and download the free Official ACCUPLACER Study App.
Why should I take the placement assessment?
First Time Freshman who do not have valid ACT scores will automatically be placed in developmental studies courses if they choose not to test. Those who took the ACT but did not attain at least the following sub-scores on the ACT test within the past three years will also be placed in developmental studies courses. The sub scores are as follows:
- English: 16
- Math: 14
- Reading: 17
If you have copies of your ACT scores, bring them on assessment day. Each testing session lasts approximately two and a half hours. ACT and placement scores are valid for three years. Use the ACT test score table below to determine which placement test, if any, you will be required to take. Students are allowed to combine multiple ACT scores.
||Do I have to take a placement test?
||1 - 15
||1 - 13
||1 - 16
||17 or higher
* An English ACT score of below 16 qualifies students to take Delgado’s ALIT 099, an intensive five credit hour college composition course that is equivalent to ENGL 110 An English ACT score of 16-17 qualifies students to take Delgado’s ENGL 110-Intensive English Composition I. An English ACT score of 18, combined with exemption from developmental reading, places a student directly into ENGL 101—English Composition I.
** A Math ACT score of below 17 qualifies students to take Delgado’s MATH 097—Intensive Intermediate Algebra, while a score of 17 or higher qualifies students for Delgado’s MATH 099—Algebra Foundations II or MATH 133 Intensive College Algebra. A Math ACT Score of 19 or higher qualifies students to enroll in MATH 120—Contemporary Math or MATH 128—Applied Algebra. Students wishing to enroll in MATH 130 – College Algebra, must have a Math ACT score of at least 22. Please contact the testing office at your location for more information.
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.) This is to help build the skills necessary for success in college level classes.
Item(s) to bring to the test:
- Current government issued photo ID
Please arrive 15 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 three Internet-based Accuplacer 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 and pay for the ESL assessment.
Present a current government issued photo ID.
First-time ESL students must meet with an ESL advisor to receive their test scores and register by appointment. ESL students can schedule an appointment here. Advisors are also available on a walk-in basis. Visit www.dcc.edu/go/esl for advisor availability.
Important Testing Guidelines
No personal items, including but not limited to, mobile phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices, pagers, smart watches, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats (and other non-religious head coverings), bags, books, and/or notes are allowed in the testing rooms. You must store all personal items in a secure area as indicated by the Testing Center staff or return them to your vehicle. If you refuse to store your personal items, you will be unable to test. Please bring appropriate forms of identification for the test you are taking.
No cell phones, food, drinks, or other electronic devices are allowed in the testing rooms.
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
Larocca Hall, Room 303
Delgado River City Site, 709 Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094
Building A, Room 238
Delgado Sidney Collier Site, 3727 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70126
Building 3, Room 117A
How to Use RegisterBlast to Schedule the ESL Assessment
- Go to www.dcc.edu
- Select Student Services
- Select Testing
- Select Delgado (ESL) Placement Assessment
- Read the information.
- Under “How do I check available dates and sign up for the ESL Placement Assessment”
- Under “Choose a group,” use the drop-down box and select “ESL”
- Under “Choose an exam,” use the drop-down box and choose “ESL”
- Choose your date and time
- Fill out the required information
- Read and agree to the exam guidelines
- Select Add to cart
- Pay for your exam
- You will receive an email confirmation/reminder
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.