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All new students who plan to take a math or English class at TCC and do not qualify under Multiple/Alternative Measures evaluation (see possibilities) must take the ACCUPLACER™ assessment.

Starting Spring Quarter 2018 TCC is implementing the ACCUPLACER™ Next Generation Reading assessment to evaluate students for English Placement and the ACCUPLACER™ Next Generation Math series for math placement.

Next-generation ACCUPLACER placement assessments cover the same three subject areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. New features of the placements include:

  • A greater focus on a range of content areas, text complexity, and writing modes;
  • Ability to assess rhetoric, synthesis, and vocabulary skills;
  • Longer text (up to 400 words) and paired text;
  • Shift to more authentic tasks such as revising and editing within a wide range of texts; and
  • Math sequences aligned to clear pathways.

Next-generation placement specifications and sample questions are also located on the ACCUPLACER website. Read more and get practice questions at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/educator/next-generation

Remember TCC will only use the Reading and Math Placements for evaluation. No essay is evaluated in this new process. Faculty have evaluated maximum benefit for students by this method. Both placements are multiple choice. The ACCUPLACER™ will assess your understanding of math and English. Your scores place you into an appropriate starting level. See chart for Placement. Based on your placement results, your advisor will help you see which classes are available to you, and select the Pathway for your chosen area of study.

Check below for times and dates. Best to call 24 hour line 253-566-5158 for current update. Gig Harbor Campus placement is by appointment only: Please call 253-460-2424 for current schedule.

If you have taken a placement test (COMPASS or ACCUPLACER) at another college in the last two years we can use that for placement.

If you have taken a placement at another college in the last two years we can use most Washington State placements. Please send official score report to Placement@tacomacc.edu.


  • Prepare in advance -- attend a free ACCUPLACER™ Prep workshop
  • Study up! Use the Review Guides (in math, reading, sentence skills and Essay writing) to prepare you for your assessment test sections. Do not pay for any study guides as excellent options that are free are availble.
  • Check in advance for dates and times you can take the test.

Practice and Get Prepared for Test Day

The Official Web-Based Study App

The ACCUPLACER web-based study app features practice tests in each test subject. It is accessible from most devices with internet access, and will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions.

  • “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses.
  • Sample tests are similar to the real thing, so you’ll know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day.
  • You can save your work at any time, and come back when it’s convenient for you.
  • You can review your score history to see what you’re already doing well and what skills you should focus on improving.
  • Get the free ACCUPLACER practice app.

Relax! ACCUPLACER™ was designed to help you succeed in college, but do prepare!

  • Get enough rest the night before.
  • Eat a light meal in advance of attending your placement.
  • Stay alert.
  • Read each question carefully before answering.

It takes an average of an hour and a half to take the complete placement. No section of the placement is timed. You can also choose to take one section at a time. So relax, and take your time.

ACCUPLACER™ - On Campus Testing


The $18 ACCUPLACER™ testing fee must be paid before you arrive for testing. You can pay:

  • online You can use a credit or debit card
  • in person at the Cashier's Office, Bldg. 14. Only checks or cash can be accepted at the Cashier's Office: Hours - Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. / Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Check below for Exceptions)
9 a.m.-4 p.m.*

Call 253-566-5158 to confirm dates/times. Call for exceptions to regular hours.
No appointments. Testing is walk-in only. Picture ID and proof of payment required. You must be admitted to Tacoma Community College and have a Student ID number issued when you admitted (201-xxx-xxxx). You can admit online or at Enrollment Services in Building 7.

*We have 30 computers -- so space is limited.
During peak times the wait can be up to an hour and testing can cut off before the 4 pm ending time.
We want to make sure you have time to complete the test.

Placement Testing Lab closed:

June 12, 13, 14 due to finals.
Gig Harbor

Testing by appointment only. Call 253-460-2424.

ACCUPLACER™ - Online Testing - In Partnership with The College Board and Proctor-U

TCC understands your busy life and offers this opportunity to place at any time of the day. You first must apply to TCC as you will need your CTC Link Student ID #.
You will need to follow the directions below. The fee for this service is paid to Proctor-U at $44.50, this fee includes the TCC fee. If signing up over a week-end or holiday your response back will take longer. Test choices are:

  • ONG ALL –English math placement. Best for Placement
  • ONG English – Reading test only
  • ONG Math QRS – Best for placement – Mid level math
  • Fill out form and submit. You can only access this form from this link and you must do this to get the voucher. Please follow directions on voucher you receive from ACCUPLACER™. This will connect you with Proctor-U. (Didn’t get a voucher? Check your junk mail.)
  • It is important your computer meets requirements for Proctor-U; check at computer requirements of Proctor-U.
  • After completing the placement please answer requested survey.
  • Within 2 working days you will receive a placement e-mail from TCC Staff with results and next steps.

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 placement@tacomacc.edu. Scores will be sent to your requested location.


Assessment Services Office
Bldg. 7
253-566-5093 (office)
253-566-5158 (testing dates and times - 24 hour line)

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