Testing and placement

No testing required

Beginning Winter 2019, the following courses are open to everyone. No placement test is required!

  • ESOL 153/153N Grammar 1
  • ESOL 163 Grammar 2
  • ESOL 230 Advanced English (IELTS/TOEFL Prep)
  • ESOL 253 Grammar 3

The first step in the placement process is the ESOL placement test. You will take this test on a computer. There are listening and reading sections. If you take longer than 30 minutes on any section of the test, your overall placement into the ESOL program will be affected. If you place into level 4 or higher you will also write for about 20 minutes. The whole test may take up to 3 hours. After the test, you will be given an appointment for an orientation and advising session.


All Testing Centers will be closed for regular college closures. Campus closures are listed in the tabs below.

Testing locations and hours

You must take the placement test where you plan to take classes. You do not need an appointment to complete the ESOL placement test.



  • Location: SSB 204
  • Phone: 971-722-5234
  • Hours:
    • Monday: 2-6pm
    • Tuesday: 9am-12 noon
    • Wednesday: 12 noon-3pm
    • Thursday: 9am-12 noon


  • Location: 775 SE Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
  • Phone: 971-722-6817
  • Hours: By appointment only – contact us to schedule


  • Location: 135 Werth Blvd., Newberg, OR 97132
  • Phone: 971-722-8602
  • Hours: Newberg Center is not currently offering ESOL placement testing. Sylvania Campus is the location nearest to Newberg that offers ESOL placement testing.

Rock Creek

  • Location: Building 9, Room 118
  • Phone: 971-722-7523
  • Hours:
    • Monday: 9am-3pm
    • Tuesday: 9am-6:30pm


  • Location: SCOMM 118
  • Phone: 971-722-6277 or 971-722-6253
  • Hours: ESOL testing at Southeast starts the 5th week of each term and goes the week before finals. Check the academic calendar for specific dates.
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 12-3pm
    • Wednesday: 12 -6pm
    • Friday: 9am-12 noon


  • Location: CC 212
  • Phone: 971-722-4131
  • Hours:
    • Mondays – Thursdays: 9am-4pm
    • Fridays – Saturdays: 9am-3pm
    • Limited hours:
      • Tue, Dec 4: 1-4pm
      • Thu, Dec 27: 2-4pm
      • Mon, Dec 31: 9am-3pm
  • Closures:
    • Dec 10-14

Things to remember about your test day

  • PCC campuses require a daily parking permit – $5
  • You must complete a PCC admissions form before you take the test.
  • Bring a picture ID to the test.
  • No childcare is available. Do not bring children.

Waiting lists – time between placement and enrollment

Hundreds of students go through the placement process each quarter. There is a great demand for ESOL classes, especially in levels 1-5. Because of this, students often take the placement test a full term before they enroll in classes. This means there is often a one to three month wait between the time a student takes the placement test and the time the student enrolls in classes.

For example, a student taking the placement test in the spring will be eligible for classes in the summer term if there is space available in classes at the location and time the student desires. If not, the student may have to wait until fall term.

In Levels 1-3, when a class is full, a student may be put on the waiting list. Students who are on the waiting list should come to the first class. If a registered student does not come to the first class, a waiting list student will probably take their place. After the first class, when an enrolled student stops attending, a student is called from the waiting list. Students who do not get called from the waiting list do not need to take the placement test a second time. The ESOL advisor will help a student to register for the next term if they didn’t get into a class.

When students drop out of classes for whatever reason, they must also return to an advising session to regain their position to re-enter classes. Once a student is enrolled in a class, attendance is very important.

Students can contact the placement and advising staff if they have not received a registration notice from PCC the term following their placement test.

Returning to the ESOL program after one year

If a student has been gone from the ESOL program for one year, then the student needs to retake the ESOL placement test before registering for any ESOL classes. If a student has taken the placement test, but has not completed any ESOL classes during the past year, then the student will need to retake the placement test. A student may be able to successfully register online for an ESOL class, but if the student has been gone for one year, the student will not be allowed to remain in the ESOL class(es) until the student has retaken the ESOL placement test.