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 New to College?

  • Students who are new to college or those without college-level credits in English, reading or math are required to complete placement testing in all three subject areas in a single test session. Although the test is not timed, students should allow 2.5 hours to complete the entire series. 

 Students who have earned college-level credits in English, reading or math or need to retest?

  • Students who have earned college credit in English, reading or math; or who wish to retest may test in a single subject area.

 Current, valid photo identification is required for all testing services; approved list below:

 Driver's License or State ID                   

  • High School/College ID (current school year)
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Naturalization Card “Green Card”

ACCUPLACER Placement Exam

 Accuplacer is a comprehensive computerized adaptive testing system designed for placement into the appropriate levels of English, reading and math. Placement results are used to determine appropriate course selection; it is not possible to pass or fail a placement test.

 The test series consists of three untimed subject areas: English (Writeplacer), reading & math.  Writeplacer requires examinees to provide a writing sample in response to a specific prompt; Reading and Math are multiple-choice exams. 

 Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the placement test, please refer to websites below for preparation material:

 CELSA (Combined English Language Skills Assessment)

If English is not your native language you are strongly encourage to take the CELSA course placement test to evaluate your college readiness for English and reading courses.

  • CELSA is a 45 minute timed multiple-choice test. 
  • For sample test questions download CELSA sample questions
  • Students who wish to take a math course will need to take the Accuplacer math exam in addition to the CELSA exam.

Course Placement Chart

Placement test scores are valid for 2 years from the date of testing with the exception of the reading exemption score which does not expire. If you have any questions please contact Testing Services at pc-infotest@phoenixcollege.edu, or call 602.285.7844 for further information.

Please Note: Students may receive a “pending” score on their WritePlacer test. These pending tests may take up to 48 hours to post to your my.maricopa.edu student account. Please take your original test scores with you to your or BearTrax session.

Students with Disabilities: If you require test accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact Testing Services for information concerning your needs at 602.285.7844.


Reading Comprehension

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.

  • The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
  • The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

Written Essay

This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success.

Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus—The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization—The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support—The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure—The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions—The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

Elementary Algebra

A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.

  • The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

College Level Math Test

There are 20 questions on the College-Level Mathematics.

The College-Level Mathematics test assesses from intermediate algebra through precalculus.

  • Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.