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All new students who plan to take a math or English class at TCC and do not qualify under Multiple Measures 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 below for times and dates. Best to call 253-566-5158 for current update. Gig Harbor Campus: 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.

The ACCUPLACER™ will assess your understanding of math and English. The essay section evaluates your skill level in grammar, spelling, and your thought process. Your scores place you into appropriate starting level. See chart for Placement.


  • 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.
  • If you're taking the online test, make sure your room is prepared and your computer is working properly.

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!

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 :

March 27th for EAP Testing
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 test at any time of the day. You first must apply to TCC as you will need your CTC Link Student ID # to test.
You will need to follow the directions below and have computer equipment that is compatible with the computer requirements of Proctor-U.
The fee for this service is paid to Proctor-U at $44.50.  From Feb. 1 to March 30 Proctor-U is offering a discount! Don’t miss-out.

  • Fill out form and submit.
  • Please follow directions on voucher you receive from ACCUPLACER. This will connect you with 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 . 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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