What is Accuplacer?
The Accuplacer is a computerized placement test. It is not a timed test; students may take their time when taking it. It is offered during our walk-in hours without an appointment and by appointment the rest of the time. To verify our testing hours, please click here.
The Accuplacer was developed by The College Board. To learn more about this test, click here. (Please note that this link leaves the PCC website and is not considered endorsed by PCC.) To get an idea of the type of questions that the Accuplacer asks, click here.
Should I prepare for the Accuplacer?
Some students prefer not to prepare to take the placement test, while most students benefit from some test review. Because this test determines your starting point for English and math classes and can affect the other classes that you are eligible to take, it is important to take this test seriously.
PCC Placement Testing encourages students to take some time to become familiar with the test and to review the information that it contains. The College Board has some sample questions available. You may click here to view and print them.
The Placement Testing office has compiled a list of resources to help students prepare for the placement test. Follow the steps below to access the PCC Public ELearning Services for the most up-to-date testing resources and announcements:
- Go to: public.pittcc.edu (you do not need to type in www.)
- Create a new account under log-in. This service is free.
- Log into your new account.
- Select Placement Test under the Miscellaneous category of My Courses in the Navigation Box.
How much does it cost to take the test?
PCC does not charge students to take the placement test, however you must have a PCC application on file in order to take the test. Students may take the test no more than twice in any 3 year period.
When should I take my placement test?
Students must complete placement testing before they can register for classes. Please visit the PCC Registration Information webpage for more information about your specific registration date. Students should complete thier placement test prior to their registration date in order to ensure a smooth registration process.
What score do I need to be placed into the class I want?
To view the minimum required scores for each class, please click the links below:
Math - Math placement is dependent on your placement test scores AND the college level math requirement for your program.
For more information regarding your English, math or computer skills placement contact your academic advisor.
What if I am a distance education student and cannot come onto campus?
If a student is unable to come to Pitt Community College to take the placement test, they are encouraged to locate a community college nearby who will allow them to take the placement test on their campus site. For more information about taking the placement test at another school click here.