PWSCC Student Services department is happy to offer placement testing and test-proctoring services. Please call 907.834.1682 or 907.834.1600 or email testing AT pwscc DOT edu to schedule a test time.
PWSCC Student Services provides test-proctoring services to University of Alaska-distance students, as well as to members of the community in need of an official proctored-test site. If you are not a University of Alaska student you will be charged $25 for every 3-hours of testing. Please call Student Services 907.834.1600 or email testing AT pwscc DOT edu to schedule a test time. Our Extension Centers also offer testing and proctoring services. Contact them directly at the Copper Basin at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Center at 907.424.7598 to schedule a test time.
If you are an instructor requesting a proctor for one or more student exams, please fill out the Instructor-proctor-request (224.1 KiB) form and submit it to testing AT pwscc DOT edu.
Before registering for classes, all incoming PWSCC students are required to complete placement testing, unless they have appropriate ACT or SAT scores. Placement tests include Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Pre-Algebra or Algebra. The results from these tests will help your Academic Advisor place you in the most appropriate English and Math courses for your skill-level. You can schedule to take all three tests in one day, or on separate occasions. Testing will take up to 1.5 hours and will cost $10 on testing day. If you think you are exempt from placement testing, please call the Registrar’s Office at 907.834.1632. Local students outside of Valdez can also contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 907.424.7598 with questions.
If it has been awhile since you have taken a math or writing class you may want to brush up on your skills before testing. The following websites may be helpful to you.
- ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students (Revised 2012)(.pdf/1.1MB) Requires Adobe Reader
Score Placement Charts
|Test Taken||Minimum Scores||Placement|
|ACT English||22||ENGL V111|
|ACT English||30||ENGL V211, V212, V213, V214|
|SAT Reading||530||ENGL V111|
|SAT Reading||620||ENGL V211, V212, V213, V214|
|Accuplacer (MATH)||ACT (MATH) Score||SAT (MATH) Score||Enroll in the Following Course|
|< 47 (Algebra)||N/A||N/A||MATH V054 or MATH V060|
|48-69 (Algebra)||N/A||400-479||MATH V055|
|< 50 (College-Level)||18-21||480-519||MATH V105|
|50-59 (CLM)||22-25||520-589||MATH V107 or V109 or V172 or STAT A252|
|60-79 (CLM)||24 or higher||560 or higher||MATH V108 or V272 or STAT V253|
|80 or higher (CLM) & trigonometry or precalculus course||26 or higher and trigonometry or precalculus course||590 or higher and trigonometry or precalculus course||MATH V200|
Variations to these placement scores may also be determined through special consideration of the faculty at PWSCC.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are my scores valid for placement?
Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT scores which place students into English are valid for two years.
Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT scores which place students into Mathematics courses are valid for one year.
Can I retest?
Yes. Mathematics testers may retest one time after a minimum wait of 2 days. This should be done before the add/drop deadline for enrollment that semester. For English, testers may retest once within 10 working days or until the add/drop deadline, whichever comes first. The $10 test fee must be paid each time the ACCUPLACER test is taken. Placement will be determined using the higher of the two test scores.
What if I don’t plan on attending PWSCC, but I am required to take placement testing for another institution?
If you are in need of placement testing, but you are not planning on going to PWSCC, we may be able to help. Please check with your institution on the specific computer programs used for placement testing. If it happens to be Accuplacer, you can schedule a test at PWSCC and then we will send the results to your school of choice.
How do I get my results?
Results are given at the conclusion of the test. Students are also provided information and strongly encourage to contact the Academic Advisor for assistance with program planning, course selection and registration. It is not possible to “fail” Accuplacer. Matching current skill level with the correct beginning courses in English and Mathematics will increase likelihood of success as students begin their program of study. If a student is placed into a preparatory English class, they may meet with a faculty member to discuss the results immediately after the completion of the exam.
To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 907.834.1600 or email advisor AT pwscc DOT edu. Local students outside of Valdez can also contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 907.424.7598 to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.