Placement Assessments

The goal of placement is to assess skills to ensure students are able to successfully engage with course content and have the best chances at passing the course. Yakima Valley College uses a variety of assessments to help find the best courses for you to start or continue your college experience here at YVC. Which assessment you take will depend on your individual situation.

The Write Class is a guided self-placement tool used for YVC English placement. The assessment will ask you about your writing and reading experience, show you writing samples from different course levels, and help you choose an appropriate starting point for your English courses.

Accuplacer Reading is a multiple-choice, untimed assessment for students applying to the Running Start program only.

Your math assessment will measure your skills in arithmetic, algebra, and higher math levels. We strongly encourage you to review your math skills before testing.

Instructions for accessing the math practice test online.

Testing Locations

You can take the placement test in Yakima or Grandview. Be sure to check the hours and days when selecting your location.

  • Please bring picture ID to Deccio Higher Education Building, Building 8 in Yakima or Grandview Main Building, Building 56 in Grandview.
  • Please do not bring children to the testing as we do not have childcare available at testings sites.

Testing Hours

Testing hours and days vary between the Yakima and Grandview campuses, please review the hours here.

Your YVC Student ID number (not required for Running Start applicants, students testing for another school, or clients testing for L & I)

Photo ID – driver’s license, state ID, current high school ID, tribal ID, military ID, or passport

$20 placement fee – cash, check, debit, or credit card

YVC will provide pencils, scratch paper, and a calculator for algebra portions of the math assessments.

Our storage space for personal items is limited. Please try to only bring what is needed for testing.

Unattended children are not allowed in testing centers.