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The ACCUPLACER™ will assess your understanding of math and English. The essay section evaluates your skill level in grammar and spelling, and your thought process.

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 testing.
  • Stay alert.
  • Read each question carefully before answering.

It takes an average of an hour and a half to take all 3 parts. You can also choose to take one section at a time. So relax, and take your time.

Is the test timed? When you click in the writing space to start typing, you will have 40 minutes to complete your essay. TIP: You are not timed until you click in the writing space. So organize your thoughts, write them down on the scratch paper provided, prepare and then click in the space. In the room and need more paper? Please ask!

More Tips:

  • 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.
  • Check in advance for dates and times you can take the test.
  • Pay before you arrive for testing.
  • Take the test (given at TCC in Bldg. 7). ID and proof of payment required.

ACCUPLACER™ Testing Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.*

Call 253.566.5158 to confirm dates/times.
No appointments. Testing in walk-ins only. ID and proof of payment required. You must be admitted to Tacoma Community College and have a Student ID#. You can do this online or at Enrollment Services in Building 7.

*We have 24 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.

Testing will resume April 19th
Gig Harbor

Testing by appointment only. Call 253.460.2424.


Testing Fees

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
    • Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 . Scores will be sent to your requested location.


Assessment Services Office
Bldg. 7
253.566.5093 (office)
253.566.5158 (testing dates and times)

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