FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Assessment

How do I make an appointment to take the placement test?

You can either stop the counseling center in AC-126 or call 791-2329.

What is the purpose of the placement test and what does it tell me?

The placement test measures your writing, reading, and math skills and, based on your scores, recommends certain courses you should take. Your scores will assist you and your counselor in making the right decisions on which classes to enroll into.

Is there a cost to take the placement test?

No.

When are the placement tests given?

They are given throughout the year. Stop by AC-126 or call 791-2329 to find the next assessment date. In addition, the tests are also administered at the high schools for their students.

What is asked on the placement test?

The assessment will ask students various questions relating to their understanding of writing and reading.

Do I have to take the placement test?

Yes and no that depends on the courses you are planning to take. For example, if you want to take an English class, or a class that has an English prerequisite, then you will need to have taken the placement test. If you want to take a class with no English prerequisite, then you do not have to take the placement test. Students should also understand, however, that taking the placement test is one of the components to receiving a higher priority registration number in subsequent semesters. So students who have taken the test will normally receive an earlier registration date than those who have not taken it.

Do I get a pass or fail score on the placement test?

No. This is not a test you pass or fail. It only assesses your skill level and recommends which classes you should take based on your level.