PVCC Assessment FAQ
Do I need a course placement assessment?
Why is course placement assessment required?
What if I fail the course placement assessment?
What do I need to do to take the course placement assessment?
How long are the scores good for?
If I am not satisfied with my scores, can I take the course placement assessment again?
Is is possible to "test out" of a class?
What if I took the tests at another Maricopa Community College?
What if I took the tests at another school outside the Maricopa County Community College District?
Can I use a calculator on the math course placement assessments?
How can I get a copy of my course placement assessment scores?
Q. Do I need a course placement assessment?
A. If you are new to college and intend to either earn a degree, either at PVCC or at a transfer institution, you must take all 3 course placement assessments: reading, writing, and math.
If you are enrolling in any English, reading, or math courses for the first time in college, or if you are enrolling in a course which has course placement assessment scores as a prerequisite, you must take the appropriate course placement assessment prior to enrollment.
If you are under the age of 18 and do not have a high school diploma or GED, you must take both the English and the reading assessment and score into the 101 level (5 on Writingplacer and 74 on Reading) in order to take any academic courses at PVCC. If you are taking a math course, you must also take the math assessment and score into the appropriate level.
Q. Why is course placement assessment required?
A. We want you to be as successful as possible. Research shows that placement assessments help you to enter English, reading, or math courses at the proper starting point. The result is that you have a better chance of completing your courses successfully.
Q. What if I fail the course placement assessment?
A. Course placement assessments are not "pass or fail" tests. They are merely tools to help ensure that you are starting at a course level appropriate for you. Whatever scores you earn, an English, reading, or mathematics course will be recommended for you. However, it is important to do your best on the course placement assessment or you may be placed into a course that is lower than appropriate for your academic skill level. This may mean taking extra classes that you do not need, lengthening the time it takes to earn your degree and costing you more time and money.
Q. What do I need to do to take the course placement assessment?
A. First, complete the Student Information Form at my.maricopa.edu if you have not already done so. You can also complete the form in the Welcome Center or by phone at (602)787-7000. Then go to the Assessment/Testing Center, Kranitz Student Center room 2400, during walk-in testing hours. Allow at least one hour per subject. Photo ID is required to take the placement assessment.
Q. How long are the scores good for?
A. Course placement assessment scores are good for 2 years from the date you take the assessment. The exception is the "Reading Exempt" score which does not expire.
Q. If I am not satisfied with my scores, can I take the placement assessment again?
A. One retest is allowed after a 24-hour waiting period. One additional retest is permitted no sooner than 3 months after the initial test. Because your retest opportunities are limited we strongly suggest that you review prior to testing. See our webpage at www.pvc.maricopa.edu/assessment/course-placement for links to sample questions, study guides, and websites. Remember to bring photo ID when you return to retest.
Q. Is is possible to "test out" of a class?
A. It is not possible to receive credit for classes based on your placement assessment scores. However, your reading score may be high enough to exempt you from taking CRE101: Critical and Evaluative Reading. If this happens your score report will read "Reading Exempt." This score will never expire. No credit hours are awarded for reading exemption. Please check with an academic advisor to see how this will affect your program of study.
PVCC does accept credit earned through programs such as CLEP, AP, DANTES, ACT-PEP, etc. Please see the section on Credit for Prior Learning in the common pages of the current college catalog for more information. PVCC offers CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) examinations for credit.
Q. What if I took the tests at another Maricopa Community College?
All Maricopa Community Colleges accept the same placement assessments and cut scores. Your scores will be valid at any MCCCD campus and are accessible through the Student Information System. You do not need to have scores sent from campus to campus within the Maricopa County Community College District.
Q. What if I took the tests at another school outside the Maricopa County Community College District?
If you took the Accuplacer test at another school and your scores are less than 2 years old, we will be happy to accept them. Your scores must be sent directly from the school at which you tested to the MCCCD school you plan to attend. As of February 1, 2012, Accuplacer is the only course placement instrument approved by MCCCD Instructional Councils. Other tests, such as ASSET or COMPASS, will no longer be accepted. Please contact Testing Services at the MCCCD school you will be attending for more information about having your scores transferred from another school.
Q. Can I use a calulator on the math assessments?
A. A calculator is provided within the testing software for problems for which a calculator is allowed. No personal calculators are permitted. Scratch paper and pencils will also be provided.
Q. How can I get a copy of my course placement assessment scores?
A. Sign in to your Student Center at my.maricopa.edu. If you have never signed in, click on "create an account" and follow the directions to get your MEID and set up a password. If you already have your MEID and password, click on "login" and enter your MEID and password to access your Student Center. Under "Academic History" click on "Test Scores". You may print the Test Scores page if you need a hard copy of your scores. At the bottom of the page is a link to the MCCCD placement cut score chart. If you have questions about which courses you should take, please see an academic advisor.