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Placement Testing Information

The ability to place into college level writing and math courses is a requirement for the Early College student.

There are two main methods to place into college level writing and math at Pima:
1) Unweighted Cumulative HS GPA of 3.25 or higher*
2) ACCUPLACER placement results

If your GPA is not high enough, students applying to the Vail Early College must take and submit ACCUPLACER assessment results.

*Unweighted Cumulative HS GPA of 3.0 may qualify for WRT 101 or MAT 142 or higher based on a combination of the GPA and ACT/SAT/or AzMERIT test results. If you would like to have your transcripts pre-evaluated, contact Raylee May at 


Do you need to take the ACCUPLACER for your Vail Early College application?

Here is information regarding placement testing and the Pima Testing Centers:

  • The assessment is free of charge and is offered at the Pima CC East campus.
  • Student’s need a Pima A# in order to take the ACCUPLACER. In order to get an A#, students need to complete the Pima application. It is a quick and free application but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Early College.
  • Also make sure that you have completed the Pre-Placement Tutorial in MyPima, under New Students tab, Step 2.
  • There are several test prep activities, including strategies and example question at  Please take some time tonight to look over this page.  Scoring well on the exam can literally save you entire semesters worth of college work!!