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Assess Your Skills


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We evaluate where you are
now in your educational and professional journey by ....

  • Placement Testing
  • Transcript Review
  • Multiple Measures

and help you decide the best way to start working toward your goals.


Placement Testing - ACCUPLACER™

All new students who plan to take a math or English class at TCC must take the ACCUPLACER™ assessment test by writing an essay, and doing a multiple choice test for reading and math. Based on your test results, your advisor will help you see which classes are available to you, and select the right class for your chosen area of study. Check in advance for dates and times you can take the test. Gig Harbor Campus: Please call 253.460.2424 for current schedule.

Lost your Placement Scores?

If it has been less than two years since you took the placement and need your scores for another school, please complete the form and return via email to .

We can then send the scores to your requested location.

Transcript Review

Transcript review is for transfer students who have credit for classes taken at another college.
Unofficial transcripts can be used for placement.

1. Unofficial transcripts can be used for placement and are reviewed by TCC:

  • Your name and the college must be clearly noted
  • Your TCC student ID number must also be noted on every page
  • Include your TCC student email to find out how you were placed in English and math levels. We do not look at unofficial transcripts to give codes to the next step; See Advising for this service.

2. Email your unofficial transcripts as a PDF attachment to Assessment making sure the requested contact information (see #1 above) is clearly noted so Assessment Services can respond to your request. or:

  • Bring it to Assessment Services, Bldg. 7, Tacoma campus
  • Mail to TCC Assessment Services, Bldg. 7, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma WA 98466

3. Assessment Services staff will respond to your review request via your TCC student email. Allow 3 business days for the review process.

To get credit for classes and placement, order official transcripts from your former college(s) now and have them sent to TCC (Bldg. 7, Enrollment Services, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466). Allow 8 weeks to process.

Multiple Measures

TCC also evaluates by multiple measures. Contact Assessment Services if you have:

  • SAT scores (2 years old or less): TCC will accept SAT scores for placement purposes of college-level English and math. Students will need a Reading score of 470 or higher for ENGL 101 and a score of 550 or above for MATH 107, 146, 147, 131, 132, 93/136 and 96/140. SAT scores will be good for 2 years after graduation from high school.
  • Math Classes from Tacoma, Peninsula or University Place School Districts (less than 1 year): University Place School District is now part of the High School Math Articulation Agreement along with Tacoma and Peninsula Public Schools. Graduates have an opportunity to articulate through math based on classes and grades at the high school level.
  • High School transcript to be evaluated with ACCUPLACER scores (less than 2 years old)


Assessment Services
Location: Bldg. 7
Phone: 253.566.5093 (office) or 253.566.5158 (testing dates and times) or email

What happens next?

photo of get oriented buttonNow you're ready for Step 6: Get Oriented!
Time to reserve a place for New Student Orientation (NSO) and start thinking about classes to take. Take a look at the course catalog and class schedule to get started.

If you are interested in financial aid, please visit the Cost & Aid Web Pages

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