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Placement Testing

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

Placement Options


Students who meet the standards identified below may use the following measures for their primary placement tool in lieu of taking the ACCUPLACER placement exam:

High School Transcript: Student has completed at least two years of high school coursework within the last 10 years, verified by an unofficial high school transcript listing a 2.6 or higher, unweighted, cumulative GPA.

GED: Placement based on individual subject area scores of 165 or higher. Scores are valid for 5 years.

ACT: Placement based on individual subject area scores of 18 or higher. Scores are valid for 5 years.

SAT: Placement based on individual subject areas as listed on the Course Placement Chart. Scores are valid for 5 years.

  • Submit unofficial high school transcripts or ACT, SAT, or GED scores online. You can also mail or bring them to an Advisor or Testing Services.
    • For other purposes such as Financial Aid, etc. students may also need to have an official transcript sent by their high school to the PVCC Admissions & Records office
  • Students under the age of 18 must meet AZ State admissions requirements AND course placement requirements

Students may take the ACCUPLACER for additional placement options. Please bring your 8-digit PVCC student ID number.

  • New college students who do not meet the high school GPA, GED, SAT, or ACT requirements listed above will complete placement testing in all three subject areas: English, Reading, and Math, in one test session. Allow 2 to 2 ½ hours for completion.
  • Single Test Sessions: For students who wish to attempt placement higher than allowed by their high school GPA, GED, SAT, or ACT scores or original placement test, and continuing or transfer students. Allow one hour per subject area for completion.
  • For sample tests, study guides and other information, please visit our Study Resources page.