Placement Testing

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Placement Testing

Students come to PCCC with different academic skills. To ensure that students are placed in the appropriate courses, all new students must take the Basic Skills Placement Test. Students entering the English Language Studies program must take the ELS Placement Test. Students are invited to take the test after they apply. There is no fee for these tests. Results of the test are available prior to registration. An adviser explains the test scores and assists students in registering for appropriate courses.


Preparing for the Placement Test

It is important to prepare for the placement test. Students who review and take the practice test have better results than those who do not prepare. A practice test is available below, and it includes hints and videos for solving tough problems.  

About the Placement Test

The Basic Skills Placement Test is a computer-based examination using the Accuplacer platform from The College Board. Most of the test is un-timed, with the exception of the Writeplacer section. The timed WritePlacer section requires students to type an essay based on a passage that is presented along with a corresponding prompt. The remainder of the test is multiple choice in nature. Once an answer is selected and saved it cannot be changed. The student is then presented with the next question. The number of questions presented varies depending on the section being tested. In general, language (reading comprehension and sentence skills) and mathematics (Algebra and/or Arithmetic) skills are tested. How long it takes to complete the entire exam depends mostly on the pace of the student. However, students should allow about 2 hours to complete the entire examination.


Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

PCCC recognizes that students with documented physical, emotional, medical or learning disabilities may require accommodations. Please contact Disability Services to receive a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) for extended time on the essay portion of the Accuplacer. Email or call 973-684-6395.


Transfer students may be exempt from placement testing if they have successfully taken College-level English and Math. Have an official transcript sent directly to the PCCC Office of Admissions for a transfer credit evaluation.

High school students who have attained SAT scores of 450 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 500 in Math may be exempt from placement testing. Have official SAT results sent to the PCCC Office of Admissions.

Transferring Test Scores

Students who are not attending PCCC but want their scores sent to another institution are subject to a Testing Services Transfer Fee (Tuition and Fees).

To schedule your placement test or to request test scores, please email
Or call:
973-684-5582  for Main Campus testing
973-248-3000  for Wanaque Academic Center testing
973-341-1600  for Passaic Academic Center testing

When requesting an appointment, please include your college ID number, and your preferred date and time.