Black Mountain

Placement Testing

Paradise Valley Community College offers testing at two locations, the Union Hills campus and the Black Mountain campus. Both locations provide course placement testing and academic testing to assist students as they pursue their career, education and personal goals.

Placement testing is REQUIRED for English, Math and Reading.  Students may take the Placement Test at either the Union Hills or Black Mountain campuses.

Prior to your testing day, you will need to log on to to set up your student account.  This must be completed before testing.

Go to and click on “Looking up/Create MEID” in the Technical Help Box.  Follow instructions provided to obtain your Maricopa Enterprise ID (MEID) and (Password).

In your student center, click MCCCD Admissions

  • Select PVCC as your college of choice
  • Select type of Program (Degree and Credit)
  • Select Term 
  • Continue with steps to complete online admissions form

TIP -Record your Student ID number, MEID, and Password in a safe place.  Often students store these in their phone under the contact PVCC ID for quick reference.

Placement Testing Fall Hours

[Full day testing is available at the main campus at Union Hills. Union Hill hours.)

Before taking your placement tests review study materials
and sample questions for Reading Comprehension, Writing, & Math:

WritePlacer - pdf

Reading & Math - pdf

For Additional Review:  - Online Math tutorials

In order to take a placement test, you will need to bring the following with you on your testing day:

What is placement testing for?

Placement testing helps evaluate where a student falls academically in each of three categories: English, Reading, and Math. All DEGREE SEEKING students are required to take these tests so that upon course placement an Academic Advisor is able to enroll the student in the appropriate level courses.

How many placement tests am I required to take?

There are three placement tests:

  1. WritePlacer (English)
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Math

*If you are a transfer student placement tests are required unless an official transcript can prove pre-requisites have been met.

How long are the placement tests?

The length of the placement test depends on the tester. Allow at least 2.5-3 hours to complete all three tests. There is no time limit on the placement tests.

When do placement tests expire?

Placement tests expire after two years. The only exception is if a student has tested "Exempt" in the Reading Comprehension test. If a student has tested exempt on the Reading Comprehension test, their score for that test never expires.

What do I need to bring for my placement test?

On the test day, you will need to bring an acceptable form of PHOTO ID and your COLLEGE ID# that starts with 3XXXXXXX.

Acceptable forms of PHOTO ID include:

  1. AZ Permit
  2. High School ID
  3. AZ Drivers License
  4. Passport

What is the cost of the placement test?

There is no cost to take the placement test.

Do I need to make a reservation to take a placement test?

No, it is not necessary to make a reservation for the placement tests. Please look at our testing hours for further information.

PVCC at Black Mountain is located on 60th Street, just south of Carefree Highway.

PVCC at Union Hills
18401 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Contact us at: (602) 787-7050


PVCC at Black Mountain
34250 N. 60th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Contact us at: (602) 493-2600

PVCC at Union Hills: Contact us at (602) 787-7050

PVCC at Black Mountain: Contact us at (602) 493-2600