Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

New student?

If you're brand new to college, take these tests to find out what classes to take during your first term.

Not your first time in college? You might not need to take these tests. Instead, bring your transcripts to an advisor.

Read more about planning your first term.

PCC uses placement tests to determine your skill level in reading, writing, and math. We use these scores to match you to classes at the appropriate level. Placement test scores can also fulfill prerequisites and demonstrate required skill levels for courses.

How to take placement tests

  1. Study for the test

    Studying for placement tests improves your placement results, which means you won't waste time and money on classes you don't need! Read sample questions, get testing tips, and find tutoring help: how to prepare for your placement test.

  2. Find a time

    Testing is offered at all campuses and the Newberg Center. Tests are drop-in, no appointment needed. Tests take an average of 1½ to 2 hours. There is no time limit - if you run out of time, come back and finish another day. See Testing hours and locations.

  3. Bring your ID

    You must bring:

    • Valid photo identification
    • Your PCC ID number (it's in your acceptance email and starts with a G)
    • If you drove, you'll need to buy a parking permit (testing itself is free for admitted students)

    Do not bring:

    • Calculators, pencils or scratch paper (we provide supplies)
    • Children are not allowed in Testing Centers

Placement test alternatives

Distance students

If you take online classes and can't make it to a PCC Testing Center, you can arrange to take the test at an alternative site. Other community colleges often provide this service for a small fee. Contact a PCC Testing Center for help finding a test site and for directions on how to submit scores to PCC.

Test scores from other schools

We accept scores from other schools if the test was Accuplacer, ASSET, or COMPASS. We accept some ACT or SAT scores if taken in the last two years. Bring official copies of score and picture ID to a Testing Center for evaluation.

ESOL students

If you need preparatory ESOL courses, take the ESOL placement test. See information about ESOL Testing and Placement.

Interpreting your scores

After you finish, we process your scores right away and show you which classes fit your skill level. See how test scores correspond to classes. You can also get help choosing a math class based on your scores. You can retake tests once in a three year period. Math scores are valid for three years. Reading and writing scores do not expire.

Students with disabilities

If you have a disability and need accommodations, contact Disability Services to make arrangements. The tests are not timed, and all testing centers are wheelchair accessible.

Non-PCC students

Individuals not intending to take classes at PCC are charged $15 to take the Placement Test. Pay at Student Account Services before testing.