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Welcome to the Assessment Services Office

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

Testing Hours

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Located in Building D Room 205

Testing and office are subject to change. Closed on weekends and major holidays.


November 6-7, 2014:  No testing available due to International Student Testing. All other dates not mentioned regular hours available.

General Information

  • Testing hours available for placement testing.  Office hours available to obtain information about testing process. 
  • The placement exams assist students with identifying what English, ESL or math courses to take at the college.  Students should prepare for the exams before taking them.  Exam preparation material is available at the bottom of this page. 
  • Special exam formats are available for students with a disability such as, Braille, large print exams, etc.  Please contact our office well in advance of your registration date/time to make arrangements for testing at 626-585-7272. 
  • English, ESL and Math Testing:  Available on a walk-in basis (First-Come, First-Served).  During the months of June, July and August an online appointment is required for testing. The exams assist students with identifying what courses to enroll in at the college.
  • Monday - Thursday:  If exam is not completed by 6:15 p.m., the session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time.
  • Friday:  If exam is not completed by 3:45 p.m., the session will be saved and will need to be completed at another time. 
  • Chemistry Testing:  Available Monday - Friday at 9:30 a.m, First-Come, First-Served (No late arrivals accepted).  The exam is for students who require Chemistry 1A for their major.
  • Instructor Make-Up Exam TestingAvailable at 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday First-Come, First-Served (No late arrivals accepted).  Instructors must make arrangements with the testing center for this service. Services are available for PCC Instructors and students.  We do not provide proctoring services for other colleges, universities, etc.
  • Specialty Testing (Meyers Briggs, Campbell, MMPI, and Millon): Available at 1:30 p.m., Monday – Friday First-Come, First-Served (No Late Arrivals Accepted). A referral card is required from a Counselor in order to take a specialty test.

Exam Exemption Information

Students who would like to be considered for an exam exemption (See Below) can fax a Pre-Requisite Clearance Form and supporting documents as indicated on the form to the Prerequisite Office.  If you are in the area you may submit your exam results or transcripts to the Prerequisite Office in Building L Room 103D.  Students should 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 Office at 626-585-7951. 

  • ACCUPLACER exam(s) taken at another college within the last year.  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. 
  • First-Time students must take the English or ESL and Math exams.  Students whose first language is not English or that have difficulty communicating or reading in English should take the English as a Second Language Exam (ESL). 
  • English:  ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension  and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
  • English as a Second Language (ESL): ACCUPLACER LOEP Reading Skills,  ACCUPLACER LOEP Sentence Meaning, ACCUPLACER LOEP Language Use
  • 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 level 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.  Students who did not complete any English and/or math courses during their Bachelor's level course work will need to take the appropriate exam to determine course placement.
  • Educational goal of "educational development/personal development/ interest."
  • Enrolled in courses with no prerequisites AND enrolled in six units or fewer.
  • ACT COMPASS, MDTP, EPT/ELM exam results are not accepted.

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

The Student Success Act requires all first-time college students to complete the 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.  Additional information is available on the New Student Website.  

  1. Complete the New Student Online Orientation.  The orientation must be completed before testing.  Please be advised, the orientation record will be checked to see whether students have completed the entire Orientation process. 
  2. Take your English or ESL and Math Placement Tests. Students should review the Test Preparation information below before taking the exam (See Below). 
  3. Attend a Group Counseling Session to create an Educational Plan.
  4. Students must not have completed 100 or more degree applicable units.
  5. Declare a major by the time you earn 15 degree applicable units. 

Required Items for Testing

  • Students must Apply for Admission before the exam can be taken.  Continuing students do not need to reapply. Students who have not attended PCC continuously will need to apply.
  • First-Time College Students must complete the New Student Online Orientation at before testing.   
  • Valid Photo ID (Driver’s License, High School ID, Passport, LancerPoint Photo ID, etc.).  No photocopies of identification or electronic versions will be accepted
  • LancerPoint ID Number (Listed on PCC Emailed Admissions Notice), 8 digit number
  • Pencil or Pen
  • $2.00 for parking if you plan to park on campus 

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).
  • During the exam session students are asked multiple measures questions (Grades in high school, etc.) as required by state law.  These questions assist with determining course placement. 
  • 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 Result Information

  • Exam results are provided at the Assessment Office following the test session and are available on LancerPoint. 
  • During the months of June, July and August, first-time college students will be provided their exam results during a scheduled group counseling session.  Continuing students will be provided exam results following their test session.  Bring your LancerPoint Photo ID for confirmation of Continuing Student Status.

Testing Policies

  • ACCUPLACER exam results are valid for two years if the exam was taken at PCC.  If the ACCUPLACER exam was taken at another college the results are valid for one year and all required exam sections must have been taken (See Above - Exam Exemption Section).
  • Exam results cannot be provided to students via telephone, email or fax and are not provided to other colleges.  Please take the exam at the college that you plan to attend.
  • Students must wait a minimum of eight weeks to retake the placement exam and should review for the exam before taking it.  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.
  Test Preparation Information - 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 informationStudents 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.
  • Additional ACCUPLACER review information is available at (Provided by Varsity Tutors) and
  • (Provided by Complete Test Preparation, Inc.)
















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