Prince William Sound Community College

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Testing Services

PWSCC offers placement testing and proctoring services. Please call 907.834.1600 or email to schedule a test time. Our Extension Centers also offer these services; contact them directly at the Copper Basin Campus (907.822.3673) or the Cordova Campus (907.424.7598) 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. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a sufficient amount of time for their exams.

If you are an instructor requesting a proctor for one or more student exams, please fill out the Instructor-proctor-request form and submit it to

Placement Testing

Before registering for classes, all incoming PWSCC students are required to complete Accuplacer placement testing. The results from these tests will help your Academic Advisor place you in the most appropriate English and Math courses for your skill-level. Testing takes an average of 1.5 hours and is free for UA students. If you think you are exempt from placement testing, please call the Registrar’s Office at 907.834.1632. Please note that test scores do expire; English test scores are valid for two years; Mathematics test scores are valid for one year.

If you are unhappy with your placement scores, you may retest once per subject per academic year. You must wait a minimum of 2 days before you retest, and pay a $10 fee. Placement will be determined using the higher of the two test scores.

Results are given at the conclusion of the test. 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 you begin your program of study. You are strongly encouraged to work with an Academic Advisor to determine appropriate course selection and registration based on these scores.

Placement Testing for Institutions outside the UA System

If you are in need of Accuplacer placement testing for a university or college outside of the UA system, you can test in our facility for a $10 Fee. PWSCC will send your results to the school of choice. Please be sure to have payment and the receiving university’s contact information with you when you arrive for your appointment.

Practice Tests and Study Sites

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 Score Placement Charts