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Welcome to the Assessment Services Office

Denise K. Carter, M.A.
Supervisor, Assessment Services
Room: D205
Telephone: 626-585-7272


The Pasadena City College Assessment Services Office provides placement testing for Chemistry, English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and mathematics.  The math placement exam is utilized for Business and Math course placement.  The Chemistry exam is available for students who require Chemistry 1A for their major.  Once students are admitted to the college they will receive an Emailed PCC Admissions Notice with information on what the next step is and an assigned registration date/time.  It is critical that students begin completing these steps early for a smooth registration process. For other type of assessments such as, Foreign Languages, Music, Photography, etc. please contact the individual Division Offices for further information. Assessment Services provides a Make-Up Exam Service for full and part-time faculty and further information is available on this website. We also provide a number of specialty tests such as the Meyers Briggs, Campbell, MMPI, and Millon. A counselor (L104 or L108) can determine which specialty test a student may need to take. The student will need to provide Assessment Services with a referral card from their counselor in order to take a specialty test. The Assessment Office is located in Building D Room 205 . If you should have further questions please call 626-585-7272.    

Testing Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Testing hours are subject to change without notice.  There will be times during the year where limited testing hours will be available and information will be posted on this website.  Please check this website for updates before arriving for testing.

  • September through MayTesting available on a Walk-In Basis (First-come, First Served) for English, ESL, Math and Make-Up Exams during the posted hours.  The Chemistry exam is administered Monday - Thursday at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • June, July and August (Peak-Times) testing available by Online Appointment for Chemistry, English, ESL, Math and Make-Up Exams.  Over 5,000 students are tested during these months so in order to provide efficient services an Online Appointment is required.  Appointment information will be posted on this website in early May 2014.
  • Monday - Thursday:  Last exam administered at 5:00 p.m.  If exam is not completed by 6:15 p.m., the exam session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time.
  • Friday:  Last exam administered at 2:00 p.m.  If exam is not completed by 3:45 p.m., the exam session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time.
  • Closed on weekends and major holidays.
May 5, 7, 20, 2014:  Limited Testing and Office Hours Available (See Info Below).

Testing Hours:  1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  (Last Exam Administered at 5:00 p.m.).  Students have until 6:15 p.m. to complete the exam.  If exam is not completed by 6:15 p.m. it will be saved and will need to be completed at another time.

Office Hours:  9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.         

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Office hours are subject to change without notice.  There will be times during the year where limited office hours will be available and information will be posted on this website.  Please check this website for updates before arriving for services.  

  • Office closes promptly at the times posted.  Please prepare accordingly.    
  • Closed on weekends and major holidays.

Exam Exemptions

  • Students who would like to be considered for an exam exemption (See Exemptions Below) can fax a Pre-Requisite Clearance Form and supporting documents as indicated on the form to the Prerequisite Clearance Office.  If you are in the area you may submit your exam results or transcipts to the Prerequisite Clearance Office in Building L Room 103D.  It is critical that that students complete this process well in advance of their assigned registration date/time.  Not all courses or exam results are accepted.  If you have further questions please call the Prerequisite Clearance Office at 626-585-7951. 
  • ACCUPLACER exam(s) taken at another college within the last year.  First-Time College Students must take the English or ESL and Math exams.  Some colleges do not administer all exam sections listed below.  Any section(s) that were not taken will need to be completed at the PCC Assessment Office. 
  1. English:  ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension  and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL): ACCUPLACER LOEP Reading Skills,  ACCUPLACER LOEP Sentence Meaning, ACCUPLACER LOEP Language Use
  3. Math:  ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra.  Students who score below a 43 on the Elementary Algebra section must take the Arithmetic Section. Students who score 84 or higher on the Elementary Algebra section must take the College Level Math exam. 
  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam taken within the last year AND identified as college ready in English and/or math. Get EAP Results.  Conditional status not accepted.  Students who receive a College Ready Status for English and/or Math can register for college leve courses; English 1A and Math 3.  Students who would like to be considered for higher Math courses will need to take the ACCUPLACER College Level Math Exam.   
  • Successfully completed English or college level math courses at another college.
  • Earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Educational goal of "educational development/personal development/ interest."
  • Enrolled in courses with no prerequisites AND enrolled in six units or fewer.
  • ACT COMPASS and MDTP exams are not accepted.

Student Success Act Requirements (SB 1456):  First-Time College Students  

First-time college students are required to complete the following steps below to receive Early Priority Registration.  Students who do not complete these steps will receive a later registration date/time.  Classes fill quickly, do not delay with completing the steps. 

  1. Complete the New Student Online Orientation. 
  2. Take your English or ESL and Math Placement Tests. Test preparation materials are available below.
  3. Create an Educational Plan by Attending a New Student Group Counseling Session. Visit for additional information.
  4. Declare a major by the time you earn 30 units. Students must not have completed 100 or more units.
Prepare For Your Future Today! 


The placement exams provide students with information on where they should begin coursework at the college.  Before taking the exams, students should review the exam preparation materials listed below to receive the highest course placement and to avoid delays with graduation and/or transfer.       

  • Pre-Assessment Workshop and Study Session (PAWS) are available to assist with preparing for the exams PAWS sign-up information.  Students will learn about the look and feel of the ACCUPLACER placement exams.  If you have further questions please contact the Learning Assistance Center at (626) 585-7230.   
  • Review free sample test questions (Provided by the College Board).  Review Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math sections.
  • If English is not your first language or if you have difficulty communicating or reading in English review Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Language Use sections.
  • iPhone Users may purchase the new ACCUPLACER APP at iTunes Store for $1.99. (Provided by the College Board)
  • Take the free Khan Academy Math Pre-Test
  • Take free Math Diagnostic Exam (ALEKS) - Your ALEKS trial will allow you to explore the ALEKS Student Module for three hours anytime during the next 48 hours. Follow the instructions below for ALEKS Exam Access. (Provided by ALEKS Corporation) 
  • Install ALEKS Plug-In
  • Under Student Module Option Click on Try ALEKS Now Button (User Agreement will need to be accepted to take exam)
  • 1) Enter Name, Email, etc. 2) Select I'm a Student, 3) Select Higher Education Math 4) Select Beginning and Intermediate Combined OptionAdditional review materials are available by clicking on the links to the right for English, ESL and math.

Exam Session Checklist 

  1. Apply for Admission Continuing students do not need to reapply, except K-12 students.  Student who have not attended PCC for a semester or more will need to reapply. (Required) 
  2. Complete the New Student Online Orientation before testing (Required).

Items to Bring for Testing

  • Valid Photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, High School ID, Military ID, Passport, etc.)  Photocopies and Expired IDs are not accepted.   
  • LancerPoint ID Number (Listed on your emailed Admissions Notice) or LancerPoint Photo ID.  If the ID number has been misplaced it can be obtained at the Admissions Office, L113.
  • Pencils
  • $2.00 for parking

Exam Format and Length

  • The ACCUPLACER English, ESL and math placement exams are computerized, multiple-choice with no time limit.  It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete two exams and 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete one exam.  Dictionaries, calculators and other aides are not permitted. Scratch paper will be provided.
  • Plan adequate time to complete the exam(s).
  • The Chemistry placement exam is paper/pencil, multiple-choice and is timed:  45 minutes to complete 44 items.  A basic calculator (Addition, Subtraction, etc.) can be used and will be provided only for the Chemistry exam.  Graphing calculators are not permitted for use.

Exam Results

  • The English, ESL and Math Exam results are available after completing the exam(s) in the Assessment Services Office, D205. Exam results can be viewed on the PCC LancerPoint website.  Click on Student Records Tab then Click on View Test Scores.
  • After completing the exam, students will receive an email from the ACCUPLACER Program with instructions on how to retrieve an electronic copy of exam results. 
  • Chemistry exam results are available the following business day at the Assessment Services Office.   
  • Months of June, July and August (First-Time College Students):  Exam results will be provided during scheduled Group Counseling Session.
  • Results are valid for two years. 
  • Exam results cannot be provided to students via telephone, email or fax. 
  • Exam results are not provided to other colleges via fax, mail, etc.  Please take the exam at the college that you plan to attend.

Exam Policies

  • Students must wait a minimum of eight weeks to retake the placement exam.  
  • Exams may only be retaken once in a one-year period.
  • The placement test cannot be used to skip to a higher level class, once you begin a course sequence in English, ESL or math you must continue with the next course in the sequence.
  • No food, drinks or visitors permitted in the testing room.  Please do not sit on stairs or in front of emergency doors.  
  • The Assessment staff cannot disclose whether a student is testing or still in the testing room.  Please make arrangements before testing on where to meet once testing is completed.
















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