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. Additionally preparation courses are offered by the PCCC Continuing Education Department.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 540 in Critical Reading and 530 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 email@example.com
973-684-5582 for Main Campus testing
973-248-3000 for Wanaque Academic Center testing
973-341-1600 for Passaic Academic Center testing