Placement Testing

Students must achieve a score of 19 or higher on the math, English, and reading portions of the ACT to enroll in college-level English and math courses.  Students who have not achieved a score of 19 or higher on each of the math, English and reading portions of the ACT must provide other approved placement test scores in the deficient areas(s).  Students scoring below standard are required to enroll in the appropriate developmental coursed during their first semester, and remain in the coursed until they have successfully completed the developmental sequence.

Students enrolled in and whose listed major is a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) program that does not require English or math courses are not required to provide test scores. After completing the CP, if the student wants to pursue a technical certificate or associate’s degree, the student will be required to provide test scores.

Students may take the Next Generation Accuplacer test at no charge on all three campuses.  Before taking the test, students are offered the opportunity to prep by way of accessing the Accuplacer practice site where all areas may be reviewed.  Students can receive personal and computerized assistance in these areas in order to maximize their NG Accuplacer scores.  Higher test scores on the NG Accuplacer assessment may result in fewer classes needed to complete a degree or certificate.

Next Generation Accuplacer appointments may be made by contacting your closest PCCUA campus.

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Next Generation Accuplacer
Accuplacer Practice

ACT Practice