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Step 2: Determine Placement

Placement at Phoenix College is determined by your high school transcripts and/or a placement test. Learn about the placement process, including how to submit your transcripts and whether you’ll need to take a placement test. (If you do, you can review sample test questions, too.)

Submit High School Transcripts

If you plan to use your high school transcripts for course placement, you will need to do the following:

  1. Submit official transcripts of any high school to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office. If your high school transcripts are older than 10 years, prepare for and take the placement test (see details below).
  2. Bring a copy of your high school transcripts to your advisement session. Your advisor will use your transcripts to help place you in English, Math, and Reading courses.

Please note the following criteria for placement with High School Transcripts:

High School GPA English Math Reading
3.0 or above ENG101 MAT15x or 187 CRE101
2.6 - 2.99 ENG101 MAT14x or 120 RDG100
Below 2.6 Take Writeplacer Take ACCUPLACER Take ACCUPLACER

Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the ACCUPLACER as a secondary measure.  Students whose GPA does not fit the given criteria will need to take the ACCUPLACER.

Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the Placement Test as a secondary measure. Students whose GPA does not fit the given criteria will need to take the Placement Test.

Take the Placement Test (if needed)

Placement tests help you begin your education at Maricopa Community Colleges with the classes that are right for you. You need to take placement tests before registration if you plan on taking college-level English, Reading, Math, or English is not your first language courses. You will review your placement test scores with an academic advisor, and decide together which English, reading, and math courses offer you the best path for academic success.


Testing Services


Take placement test if:

  • you are currently a high school freshman/sophomore OR
  • your high school GPA is below 2.6 OR
  • your high school transcripts are older than 10 years OR
  • you obtained a GED OR
  • you wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • your high school transcripts are from outside the United States


Proceed to Step 3