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  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – CAMPUS CLOSED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES:   Summer 2020 courses are being conducted in an online or remote education format. Please check for specifics regarding your classes, or contact the course instructor for information about the online or remote education opportunities. Updated - May 28, 2020
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Testing Services

Placement Options

Temporary COVID-19 exceptions for Summer and Fall 2020 semesters are detailed below.

Students who meet the standards identified below may use the following measures for their primary placement in lieu of placement testing:

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.

  • *COVID-19 exception – HS transcripts that are more than 10 years old may be used for placement into English and Reading courses. The 10-year limit still applies for math placement.

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.

Students may complete placement testing for additional placement options:

Submit unofficial high school transcripts or ACT, SAT, or GED scores online. 

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

Placement Testing*

*COVID-19 exception – Effective April 20, 2020 MCCCD will be offering EdReady as an additional placement measure.

This non-proctored, online testing option can be accessed at the EdReady site (DO NOT use any other EdReady site).

Students will need their MEID (first three letters of first name followed by numbers) and Maricopa email (MEID# followed by If unsure of their MEID, students can contact the PVCC Help Desk at 602-787-7780.

For additional information on how to access EdReady. Click on, How to use EdReady

Please refer to Ed Ready's Accessibility Information page for information about screen readers, keyboard navigation, and screen contrast. The assessments within Ed Ready are untimed. If you have a testing accommodation request not covered by this information, please contact Disability Resources and Services (602-787-7171) so that they can review your accommodation request with you.

The placement testing subject areas are as follows. The Reading Placement test contains two separate testing sections.

  • Math- Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics
    • Places students into MAT140 Courses
    • If a student does not have any of the other options for math course placement (i.e. GPA, ACT, SAT or GED) and need higher than MAT140 Courses, they will need to contact the Math Department Chair 
  • English
  • College Reading
  • Critical Reading and Critical Thinking
    • Students wishing to place into CRE101 or Reading Exempt will take the Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Placement test.
    • Students who do not place into CRE101 or Reading Exempt will need to take the College Reading test for placement into RDG100.

Students will not receive an initial placement report after completing their placement test. However, based on the score received, students may determine their placement based on the updated placement chart

Student scores will be posted in their student accounts. Please allow up to 2 business days for scores to post.

EdReady is also a remediation tool. Students will be guided to study programs to help increase their score, as needed, in each area. Students can only increase their score with these study tools. The student’s most recent score will be recorded in the Student Information System (SIS).

We understand that this is a new learning experience, but please know that we are going through this together and we are here to help you in any way we can. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Paradise Valley Community College Instructor Testing

Instructor testing is not being offered at this time, please contact your instructor for further information.

Proctored Testing for Online Classes

Proctored testing for online classes is not being offered at this time, please contact your instructor for further information.

CELSA (English as a Second Language)

At this time, Testing Service is looking into virtual options for students to test remotely from home. Please call or email for up to date information.

*HESI A2 Nursing Admission Exam

Testing Services is not administering the HESI A2 at this time, however, the District Nursing Program is fully aware of the current situation and is in the process of discussing the use of alternative online methods for administering the HESI A2. The District Nursing Program’s goal is to have a solution with enough time for students to apply by the program deadline, though given the uncertainty during this time, this is subject to change.

Please contact our office for the most up-to-date information


At this time, CLEP is not offering any virtual options to test remotely from home. In person CLEP testing is closed until further notice. If you have any questions, please call or email for up to date information

Proctored Exams for Other Schools

PVCC Testing Services is not offering this service at this time.

If you have any questions, please call 602-787-7050
or email
Hours of Remote Services:
Mon-Thurs: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5 pm


National College Testing Association logoWe are a multiple use facility that offers testing services for college course placement (into English, reading and math classes), English as a Second Language, faculty make-up exams, program specific testing, workforce certification, correspondence and eLearning testing.

Paradise Valley Community College's mission is to promote academic excellence and student success by providing accessible, comprehensive testing and assessment services. The staff is committed to maintaining academic integrity in a high quality and secure testing environment.  We follow the National College Testing Association’s Professional Standards and Guidelines.

We value and respect our students and recognize their diversity. We always consider the needs of the students to be our top priority. PVCC is a learning-centered institution that adheres to ‘best practices’ and supports programs, initiatives and innovative projects developed within the Maricopa Community College System.

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Testing Locations and Hours

PVCC Main @ Union Hills Testing Center

Building: Kranitz Student Center (KSC)
Room: KSC2400

Phone: 602-787-7050

Regular Business Hours:
Mon-Thu: 8 am – 5:30 pm
Fri: 9 am – 5 pm
(Closed Fridays during summer)
Closed Sat and Sun

HESI-A2 tests are given up to 4 ½ hours before closing.
CLEP College Composition tests are given up to 3 hours before closing.
All other CLEP tests are given up to 2 ½ hours before closing.
Writing placements are given up to 1 ½ hours before closing.
Reading and math placements are given up to 1 hour before closing.
Instructor tests are given up to ½ hour before closing.
Proctored exam time limits vary, call for more information.
All tests will be collected at the scheduled closing time.
Click here for a complete schedule of testing hours and closures.

Black Mountain Testing Center

Building: Orion Building

Phone: 602-493-2600

Regular Business Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1pm – 6 pm
Closed Fri, Sat and Sun

Only placement testing given.
No CLEP, Proctored, or Instructor testing.
Tests are given up to one hour prior to closing.

Math Center @ PVCC

Building: Q Building
Phone: 602-787-7740

All math course testing.