Testing Services

Course Placement Assessments

These assessments measure your knowledge of:

  • Reading
  • Writing (English)
  • Math
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Biology
  • New to college and intend to earn a degree, either at PVCC or at a transfer institution, must take reading, writing, and math
  • Enrolling in an English (including ESL), reading, or math course for the first time in college or a course which has placement scores as a prerequisite, must take corresponding assessment
  • Enrolling in BIO201 and have not taken BIO156 or BIO181 or biology prerequisites are more than 5 years old, must take Biology Self-Assessment

Preparing for the assessment may help you qualify for a higher level initial course, saving you time and money. The following resources are available:

PVCC Main Campus
(32nd St & Union Hills)
KSC Building Room 2400 (2nd floor)
18401 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032
602-787-7050
Hours
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Black Mountain Campus
(60th St & Carefree Hwy)
34250 N 60th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
602-493-2600
Hours
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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 Placement Test Cutoff Scores 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