Testing Services

Course Placement Assessments

Our colleges now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement for students.  The placement methods listed in the Course Placement Chart are effective for enrollment into courses beginning in the Summer 2019 term. See Course Placement Chart for placement levels based on these options: Course Placement Chart

Placement with a transcript

If you have attended high school within the past 10 years and have completed at least two years of high school, you can submit your high school transcript for placement, either online or in person at the Welcome Center, an Advisor or Testing Services.

Please note the following criteria for placement with High School Transcripts:

High School GPA
At least two years of high school
No more than 10 years out of high school

3.0 or above

ENG101

MAT15x or 187

CRE101

2.6-2.99

ENG101

MAT14x or 120

RDG100

Below 2.6

Take Writeplacer

Take ACCUPLACER

Take ACCUPLACER

Refer to the Course Placement Chart for high school GPA, WritePlacer, and course planning/placement policies.

Placement with an ACT score

Request your ACT scores be sent to PVCC within five years of taking the test. For more information on how to request your scores, visit the ACT website.

Placement with a GED score

Request your GED scores be sent to PVCC within five years of taking the test. For more information on how to make this request, visit the GED website.
Please use the following criteria to better understand placement through high school transcripts, ACT scores, or GED scores:

High School cumulative, unweighted GPA
At least 2 years of HS
No more than 10 years out of HS

ACT
Placement based on individual subject area test scores.  Scores are valid for 5 years.

GED
Only valid for tests taken during or after 2014

English

Math

Reading

3.0 or above*

22 or above

175-200

ENG 101

MAT15X or 187

CRE101

2.6 - 2.99

18-21

165-174

ENG 101

MAT 14X or 12X

RDG100

Below 2.6

Below 18

Below 165

Take Writeplacer

Take ACCUPLACER

Take ACCUPLACER

Placement with a Placement Test

Our other option is to take a placement test. You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:

  • You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
  • Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States
  • Your GED or ACT scores are older than 5 years
  • You wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading

Be sure to prepare for your placement test by visiting maricopa.edu/placement.

*Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Eligibility: Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools, homeschool), with a final, unweighted, GPA of 3.25 or higher.

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34250 N 60th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
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Need to test outside Maricopa County?
Click here to register for Accuplacer Remote Testing.

  • Valid photo ID (click for more info)
  • Student Information Form must be on file (complete online here or in person at Welcome Center)
  • No appointment needed, tests are offered on a walk-in basis
  • Allow at least one hour each for Reading and Math tests, and one and a half hours for Writing test (must allow sufficient time before closing)
  • Hooded garments (hoodies) are not allowed in the testing room
  • Personal calculators not allowed (online calculator provided for math problems that permit calculator)
  • If testing for a school outside the Maricopa County Community College District, bring the email with the Accuplacer Remote Network voucher number issued by your school (you must make arrangements with your school ahead of time to take your Accuplacer placement at PVCC)
  • Scores are usually available for online registration through your student center by the next business day
  • Scores are valid for two years at any of the Maricopa Community Colleges*
  • One retest per subject or math level is permitted after at least a 24-hour waiting period and one more after at least a 3-month waiting period
  • The Course Placement Chart will show which courses you should take based on your test scores
  • If you have a documented disability and need accommodations while taking course placement assessments, please contact Disability Resources and Services.

*A "Reading Exempt" score does not expire

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  • khanacademy.org: Free short instructional videos which cover a variety of topics