PCC Basic Skills Assessment is a measure of a student's knowledge in the areas of:
- English Proficiency
Assessments are free of charge and, with the assistance of an advisor or counselor, help you choose the right course to meet your educational goals.
Assessments are given in Campus Assessment Centers and take two to three hours to complete. To take an assessment you must
- have already submitted a PCC admission application
- bring a photo ID to the exam.
Students who may require a testing accommodation for a disability, and are eligible under ADA guidelines, must first contact a Program Specialist at Disabled Student Resources.
Who must take Basic Skills Assessments?
You must take basic assessments in reading, writing and mathematics before you register if you are
- attending PCC for the first time, were not enrolled in the Spring 2012 term, or have not completed a course at PCC within the last three years.
- currently in high school.
- intending to be admitted to the college as a degree-seeking student.
- enrolling for the first time in a reading, writing, mathematics or general education course.
COMPASS or CELSA?
- If English is your first language, you should take the COMPASS test.
- If you are fully bilingual with native-speaker competence in writing, reading, speaking and listening in English, you should take the COMPASS test.
- If English is not your first language, you should take the CELSA test
You do not need to take any assessments if you
- have already earned a degree or certificate at a level above the Arizona General Education Certificate.
- can document competency in reading, writing or mathematics through previous assessments or college-level courses.
- are enrolling only in non-credit, contract or special interest courses.
Previous scores or transcripts must be presented to a counselor or advisor before registration.