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Due to precautions related to COVID-19, please note the following information:

Virtual Help Center

Our Testing staff is available via our Virtual Help Center to support you and answer your questions.

  Follow the link below between the hours of 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Our Math Placement is now online and can be proctored remotely.

  • To schedule, visit our scheduling site
  • You will need a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam.

Other ways to reach us during this time:

The English Directed Self-Placement (DSP) can now be taken online!

Students who do not have access to a desktop computer may still take the English DSP on campus in the Testing Center. No appointment needed, available Mon - Thurs: 10 am - 3 pm.

Placement must be completed before attending New Student Orientation and enrolling in courses for the first time.

About Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

The DSP is a 20-30 minute questionnaire that helps students determine the best English course for their academic path. The questionnaire guides students through videos, charts, reading and writing samples, and asks them to reflect on their prior experience in regards to academic reading and writing. The DSP also provides students with institutional expectations to help them make an informed decision about their English course placement. In short, through information and reflection, the student ultimately decides which English course they want to be placed in.

The DSP is untimed and ungraded. It should be taken on a desktop computer.

No. The DSP does not require students to study beforehand.

However, students are strongly encouraged to study for the Math placement test. Math study materials available here.

Yes. The DSP is only for English placement. Students who wish to take a math class at LCC still need to take the Math placement test.

Students who plan to take an English course at Lower Columbia College need to take the DSP. Exclusions include students who:

  • Have earned English credit through LCC, another institution, or credit for prior learning exam like CLEP, DANTES, etc.
  • Tested at another college, and provide the testing office with valid test scores.
  • Are recent Washington State High School graduates and provide the testing office with valid Smarter Balanced test scores.
  • Are transitioning from LCC's English Adult Basic Ed courses and meet the required grade criteria.

  Although some students may not be required to go through the DSP, it still provides them with helpful information about what to expect in English 101.

If you have a documented disability or would like assistance in taking the English DSP, please contact Disability Support Services (360) 442-2340.

Contact the Testing Center

We look forward to serving you! The Testing Center is conveniently located in Main (MAN) 128. No appointment is needed. If you need accommodations please contact Disability Support Services, (360) 442-2340.

 Angel Ruvalcaba/Placement & Intake Manager

  Main 128 (Testing Center)
  (360) 442-2361

 Sarah Westlund/Program Assistant

  Main 128 (Testing Center)
  (360) 442-2362

Testing Office (General Inquiries)

  (360) 442-2360

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