The placement exam helps you determine which English, English as a Second Language (ESL) or math course you should enroll in at PCC.

The placement test is required for all first-time PCC students. It is also required if you plan to enroll in a course that lists the assessment test as a requirement. These courses include Accounting 1A, Business 14A, Chemistry 22, Chemistry 1A, English, ESL and math courses.

You will not be to sign up for classes until you have completed your placement tests. Therefore, once you have been admitted to the college, you should plan to complete the exam and all other enrollment steps well in advance of your assigned registration date/time.

Yes, the following steps must be completed before you can take your placement tests

  • Apply for Admission to PCC
 The placement exams are administered year-round; however, you should plan to complete the testing process well in advance of your registration date. Classes fill quickly, so do not delay with completing the steps needed to be able to register for classes.
 Yes, you should attend a Pre-Assessment Workshop and Study Session (PAWS) to prepare to take the exam and receive the highest course placement possible. Additional preparation materials are available on the Assessment website.
 No, the tests are free.
 If you are taking both the English and math exams, it usually takes 2 hours to complete the exams. If you are only taking one exam, it takes 1 hour to complete the exam. There is no time limit for the English, ESL and math exams.
 No, exam results are not provided to other colleges so you should take the exam at the college you plan to attend.
 Yes, special exam formats are available for students with a verified disability. Students must be admitted to the college before testing and other enrollment steps can be completed. We recommend that students with a verified disability apply to the Disabled Student Programs and Services Office (DSP&S) well in advance of their registration date/time. Visit Disabled Student Programs and Services Office (DSP&S) for further information on the application process.
Yes, during the months of June, July and August an online appointment is required for English, ESL, and math testing. September through May, English, ESL, and math testing is available on a walk-in basis: Monday - Thursday from 8am - 5pm and Friday from 8am - 2pm. At 5pm M-Th and at 2 on Fri one exam can be taken. Check the Assessment website for updates because hours are subject to change. 
No, only the student is permitted into the testing room.
No, once you have started a course sequence you must remain in that course sequence, and the exam cannot be taken to skip to a higher course per college policy.  If you have further questions or need assistance please speak with a Counselor in Building L Room 104. 
No, if you received a College Ready Status in English and/or math you do not need to take the placement exam for that subject. EAP exam results are valid for one year.
No, you do not need to retake the exam if you took the ACCUPLACER English, ESL or math exams with all required sections within the last year.

English, ESL and math exam results are emailed to you following the test session. The email will be sent by the ACCUPLACER Program from your email account named In some cases, emails might be routed to your Spam and/or Junk Mail folder. Save a copy of your exam results for your counseling session and registration. Your Last Name, LancerPoint ID# and Date of Birth will be needed to retrieve the results.

Results are also available in your LancerPoint Student Account

  1. Click on Classes & Academics (Top of Page)
  2. Under Registration Tools Click on View Placement Results (Middle of Page)

Yes, the English, ESL and Math exams may be retaken after 2 weeks and every primary term (fall and spring) if you have not started the English, ESL and Math course sequence per division policy.  In order to retake the exam a Pre-Assessment Workshop and Study Session (PAWS) must be completed. 

  • Students must bring proof of completing the workshop by showing the Assessment Services Office staff a picture on their phone or a printout of the PAWS website used for exam preparation.