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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 must take the ACCUPLACER™ assessment.

Starting Spring Quarter TCC is implementing the ACCUPLACER™ Next Generation Reading placement 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

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. It is 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.

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


  • 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.

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 :

April 9th trhough the 23rd. Fall placement starts April 24th.
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.  From Feb. 1 to April 30 Proctor-U is offering placement for free! Don’t miss-out.

  • 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 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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