Welcome to the Assessment Services Office
Denise Carter, Supervisor, Assessment Services
Limited Testing hours on the dates listed below due to group testing.
- May 14, 16, 23: 1:00p - 5:30p
- Regular testing/office hours are available on all other dates.
- Campus closed on May 27 for Memorial Day and July 4 for Independence Day.
- Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Testing is available on a walk-in basis year-round (First-Come First-Served), except in July. In July an online appointment is required.
- Testing and office hours are subject to change.
- We are located in Building D Room 205
- Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Importance of Placement Exam(s)
First-time college students are required to take the English, ESL or math placement exams to assist them in determining which courses to take at PCC. The Chemistry exam is available for students who need to take a Chemistry 1A course for their major. To obtain the highest course placement possible and to avoid delays in graduation or transfer, exams should be taken seriously and thoroughly prepared for.
Test Preparation Information
- 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 and Sentence Meaning sections.
- iPhone Users may purchase the new ACCUPLACER APP at iTunes Store for $1.99. (Provided by the College Board)
- 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 Option
Exam Format and Length
- 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).
- Arrival at 5:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday, only one exam can be taken. If the exam is not completed by 6:45 p.m., the exam session will be saved and may be completed at another time.
- Arrival at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, only one exam can be taken. If the exam is not completed by 3:45 p.m., the exam session will be saved and may be completed at another time.
- The Chemistry placement exam is paper/pencil, multiple-choice and is timed: 45 minutes to complete 44 items. A basic calculator can be used and will be provided only for the Chemistry exam.
Exam Session Checklist
- Apply for Admission (Continuing students do not need to reapply).
- Complete the New Student Online Orientation before testing.
- Review free sample test questions (Provided by the College Board) .
Items to Bring for Exam(s)
- Valid Photo ID (Photocopies and Expired IDs are not accepted)
- LancerCard ID Number (Listed on your emailed Admissions Notice) or LancerCard Photo ID. If the ID number has been misplaced it can be obtained at the Admissions Office, L113.
- $2.00 for parking
- The English, ESL and Math Exam results are available after completing the exam(s) in the Assessment Services Office, D205.
- Chemistry exam results are available one hour after completing the exam at the Advisement Office, L103D.
- Month of July (First-Time College Students): Exam results will be provided during scheduled Group Counseling Session.
- Exam results cannot be provided to students via telephone, email or fax.
- ACCUPLACER exam(s) taken at another college within the last year.
- Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam taken within the last year AND identified as college ready in English and/or math. Get EAP Results.
- 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.
- Bring transcript or official exam results to the Advisement Office, L103D for evaluation. Not all courses or exam results are accepted.