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Distance Learning Placement Tests

If a student is unable to get to Pitt Community College to take their placement test, they are encouraged to see if they can locate a community college nearby who will allow them to take their placement test there. There are three placement tests that we accept: Compass, Asset and Accuplacer. Please refer to the chart below to determine which sections of each test PCC accepts. If there are no colleges nearby offering these services, the student must then find a suitable proctor and proctor location.

The only test available this way is the Accuplacer and it must be proctored in an educational facility such as a library or school by an individual experienced in test administration and who is generally not known by the student or is known solely in a professional capacity (i.e. teacher, librarian). Family members may not proctor an exam for each other. Athletes may not have athletic directors or coaches proctor the exam for them. All proctors must be approved prior to proctoring the test.  Students are required to complete and return the Proctor Verification Form. Forms must be submitted at least two days prior to the desired appointment date.

The student is solely responsible for any fees charged by the proctoring institution. Pitt Community College does not charge for the placement test.

PCC students are also required to take a computer skills placement test.  This test was developed by the PCC Information Systems Technology Department and cannot be taken at another school without a student completing a Proctor Verification Form. If you are not planning on taking a computer course your first semester, you may complete this test once you are on campus before the next semester's registration period.


Test Sections Required Based on Placement Test

If you are taking...

You must complete the following sections for ENGLISH placement:

You must complete the following
sections for MATH placement:

ACCUPLACER

Reading Comprehension
AND
Sentence Skills

Arithmetic AND Elementary Algebra

  • Placement into MAT-080 or any course with a MAT-080 prerequisite cannot be determined without both an Arithmetic and an Elementary Algebra score on file.

COMPASS

Reading
AND
Writing

Pre-Algebra AND Algebra

  • Placement into MAT-080 or any course with a MAT-080 prerequisite cannot be determined without both a Pre-Algebra and an Algebra score on file. PCC does not accept COMPASS College Algebra scores in lieu of COMPASS Algebra scores.

ASSET

Reading Skills
AND
Writing Skills

Numerical Skills AND Elementary Algebra

  • Placement into MAT-080 or any course with a MAT-080 prerequisite cannot be determined without both a Numerical Skills and an Elementary Algebra score on file. PCC does not accept ASSET Intermediate Algebra or ASSET College Algebra scores in lieu of ASSET Elementary Algebra scores.