Initial Course Placement at Phoenix College is determined by your high school transcripts, ACT, SAT, GED and/or a placement test. Learn about the placement process, including how to submit your test scores and/or transcripts and whether you’ll need to take a placement test. (If you do, you can review sample test questions, too.)
Submit High School Transcripts, ACT, SAT or GED Scores
If you plan to use your high school transcripts, ACT, SAT or GED exam results for course placement, you will need to do the following:
- Have official transcripts from any high school, ACT, SAT or GED exam scores to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office or upload your documents online. To complete the form online, students should log in at my.maricopa.edu/services/placement and have a digital copy of their unofficial high school transcript, ACT scores, SAT scores, or GED scores. Confirm that your transcripts and test scores satisfy the requirements listed below. If not, prepare for and take the placement test (see details below).
- Bring a copy of your high school transcripts to your advisement session. Whenever possible, your advisor will use your transcripts to help place you in English, Math, and Reading courses.
Please note the following criteria for placement with High School Transcripts:
|High School GPA||English||Math||Reading|
|3.0 or above||ENG101||MAT15x or 187||CRE101|
|2.6 - 2.99||ENG101||MAT14x or 120||RDG100|
|Below 2.6||Take Writeplacer||Take ACCUPLACER||Take ACCUPLACER|
Additional Placement information utilizing ACT, SAT, or GED exam results can be found on the MCCCD Course Placement Chart. Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the ACCUPLACER as a secondary measure. Students whose GPA, ACT, SAT, or GED exam results does not satisfy placement criteria will need to take the ACCUPLACER.
Students who wish to place into a higher level may take the Placement Test as a secondary measure.
Take the Placement Test (if needed)
Placement tests can help you begin your education at Maricopa Community Colleges with the classes that are right for you. You need to take placement tests before registration you don't have another valid placement measure and you plan on taking college-level English, Reading, Math, or English is not your first language courses. You will review your placement test scores with an academic advisor, and decide together which English, reading, and math courses offer you the best path for academic success.
Take placement test if:
- you are currently a high school freshman/sophomore OR
- your high school GPA is below 2.6 OR
- your high school transcripts are older than 10 years OR
- you obtained a GED older than five years OR
- your ACT or SAT exam scores are older than five years OR
- your ACT, SAT or GED exam scores do not qualify you for your desired course OR
- you wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
- your high school transcripts are from outside the United States