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Course Placement Assessments

As of October 4, 2018, MCCCD has adopted multiple placement measures to help students select the most appropriate English, Reading, and Math courses for their educational goals. To make the enrollment process easier, our colleges offer two placement options for English, math, and reading courses: high school transcript review and/or placement tests.

Placement with a transcript

If you have attended high school within the past ten years, you can submit your official high school transcripts to the Admissions, Records, and Registration Office, located in the Welcome Center. An advisor will then meet with you and use your transcripts to help you find the best English, math, and reading courses for you.

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


MAT15x or 187




MAT14x or 120


Below 2.6

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Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the ACCUPLACER as a secondary measure. Students whose GPA does not fit the given criteria will need to take the ACCUPLACER.

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

Placement testing

Our other option is to take the Accuplacer placement test. You will need to take placement tests before registration if:

  • you are currently a high school freshman/sophomore
  • your high school GPA is below 2.6
  • your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • you obtained a GED
  • you wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

Once you receive your test scores, you will review them with an academic advisor and decide together which English, math, and reading courses offer you the best path for academic success.

If you are enrolling in an English as a Second Language course you will need to complete the CELSA assessment.

If you are enrolling in BIO201 and have not taken BIO156 or BIO181 or biology prerequisites are more than 5 years old you must take the Biology Self-Assessment.

PVCC Main Campus
(32nd St & Union Hills)
KSC Building Room 2400 (2nd floor)
18401 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Black Mountain Campus
(60th St & Carefree Hwy)
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