Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

New student?

If you're brand new to college and it's been more than 7 years since high school, take the Math and Reading/Writing placement tests to find out what classes to take during your first term.

If that's not you, you might not have to take these tests! Learn more about planning your first term.

PCC uses placement tests to help determine your skill level in reading, writing, and math. Placement test scores can also fulfill prerequisites and demonstrate required skill levels for courses.

If you're worried about taking these tests – don't be! The information is only used to help us find out which classes will be right for you.

Taking placement tests

  1. Prepare

    You'll need a PCC account to take our placement tests, which are free for PCC students. Based on the high school information you provide to PCC, you might need to take one or both of these tests:

    Math: ALEKS

    ALEKS is an online inventory of your math skills. You can take it at any time using a campus computer, personal computer, or in a testing center.

    You don't need to study beforehand – ALEKS will guide you through the process.

    Reading & Writing: ACCUPLACER

    ACCUPLACER is an assessment of your reading skills. It must be taken at a testing center: find a testing center location and time that works for you.

    You should study beforehand:


  2. Take the test

    Math: ALEKS

    Log in to MyPCC to take ALEKS. On the MyPCC Home tab, in the Quick Links channel, click on ALEKS math skills.

    You need:

    • Around 90 minutes to complete the test

    Do not use:

    • Calculators, phones, or any outside help
    Reading & Writing: ACCUPLACER

    Come to a testing center to take ACCUPLACER.

    You need:

    • Around 30 minutes to complete the test
    • Valid photo identification
    • Your PCC ID number (it's in your acceptance email and starts with a G)

    Do not bring:

    • Phones, pencils or scratch paper (we provide supplies)

  3. Get your placement results

    Math: ALEKS

    After you finish, ALEKS will process your scores right away. You'll get an email soon with your placement results and your next steps.

    Reading & Writing: ACCUPLACER

    After you finish, ACCUPLACER will process your scores right away. You'll get an email soon with your placement results and your next steps.

Hours

See the current Placement and Testing Center hours.

Students with disabilities

Placement tests are not timed. All testing centers provide a quiet environment, are wheelchair accessible, have adjustable tables and ergonomic chairs. Noise cancelling headphones are available if needed. Screen reading and magnification software, as well as other software that can read test questions out loud, are also available. Space and assistive technology resources my be limited if the Testing Center is especially busy. To ensure availability, contact the Testing Center. For other placement test accommodations, or for training on software, contact Disability Services to make arrangements.

Test scores from other schools

If you took an ACCUPLACER, ALEKS, COMPASS or ASSET test within the last three years at another school, you can bring in a copy of your scores to a Testing Center for evaluation. Your score report must include your full name, the date of the test, the name of the test and subtests, the name of the school and your test scores.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

If English is not your first language, you may want to learn more about the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.