Why Placement Testing

Many classes at PPCC require a certain level of English and Math competency which means before you register for classes we need to determine your level of English and Math. To verify which level of Math and English you need to provide either ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or proof of completion of college level Math or English courses to the Testing Center. 

When You Should Test

Before you can register you need to have Math and English test results, or previous college course transcripts to the testing center. If you do not have any of these materials you can take the Accuplacer test. In some cases depending on your previous scores or coursework you may still need to take the Accuplacer to better determine where you place. If you feel like your previous test scores do not accurately represent your Math and English competency you can opt to take the Accuplacer and we will use your highest score.

eLearning students who are new to PPCC may have to take placement tests before enrolling in classes. Testing can be completed at community colleges and other educational institutions around the country.

About the Accuplacer

The Accuplacer is free the first time you take it. The Accuplacer placement testing covers the subjects of Math, Reading and Sentence skills. Accuplacer requires no prior computer skills and the placement test is an untimed adaptive test.

The placement test is very important. We advise you to review the materials made available in the Library and the Learning Assistance Center, or visit the ACCUPLACER web site before you take the test. We also provide a list of resources you can use to practice.  Please read the directions carefully and do your very best work when taking the test. Assessing for skill levels ensures placement into proper beginning courses, and aids in smooth transitioning from one semester’s course to the next.

Who Can be Exempted From the Test?

Exemptions from taking ACCUPLACER may be granted under certain circumstances. 

  • Student has earned an Associate's Degree (AA or AS) or higher.
  • Student has successfully completed college-level  English.
  • Student has successfully completed college-level Algebra or higher.
  • Student has previously been assessed at a Colorado public post-secondary institution.
  • Student has appropriate ACT (Eng 18, Read 17, Math 23) / SAT (Verb 440, Math 460) scores.

To receive the exemption please bring documentation to one of the three Testing Center locations (Centennial, Rampart Range, or Downtown Studio). College courses must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities or other approved educational institutions.