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Placement at PCC

Planning your first term

Placement is part of choosing your first classes at PCC. Not all new students need to go through the placement process. To see what you need to do, start here: steps for new students »

Before getting started

An accurate reading, writing, and math placement can greatly increase your ability to be the next great PCC success story. Placing accurately can help you avoid:

  • Taking classes that you are too advanced for
  • Throwing yourself into a class for which you are not prepared

Both of those outcomes can be a waste of your time, energy, and money - all things that we would like to avoid. So, take this placement process seriously and we will work together to set you up for success from day one.

Multiple measures, and what it means for you

PCC uses a “multiple measures” approach to placement. Multiple measures means that you can use more of your academic history in order to get the most accurate placement. Some measures that you can use are:

  • High school grades
  • High school GPA
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, GED®)
  • PCC placement tests
  • Accuplacer or ALEKS scores from another college

The goal of multiple measures is to get a more complete picture of you as a student and provide you with critical information so you can make an informed decision on where to start your academic journey. The decision is yours. We are here to help you come to that decision.

Have your past help your future

If you graduated from high school in the last seven years, your first step is to provide us with your high school grades. Ideally you will have your transcript with you. See how to submit your high school grades »

If we need more information

Some students will not receive placement based off of their high school career. This means that we do not have enough information to accurately place you, and you need to take a placement test. See more about taking placement tests »

What's next?

After completing your placement process - whether through high school grades and test scores, or placement tests - you will receive an email to your MyPCC email detailing your placements. These will be your highest possible placement, but may not reflect the best starting place for you. After completing the placement process you will need to attend a new student advising and registration session.

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