College Testing


The PSAT is available to sophomores and juniors who would like to take a preliminary version of the SAT to practice for the official test. High scores may allow students to be eligible for scholarships. PSAT information can be found at

The PSAT Official Test is scheduled every October. This year's exam is scheduled in October 2020 but additional testing information will be available Fall 2020 due to Covid-19. CHS sophomore and junior students are automatically registered to take the PSAT for FREE on the CHS campus. Please contact the PSAT Test Coordinator at CHS for questions.

Official Student Guide to the PSAT

Four-year colleges may require SAT or ACT test scores if students are applying as a freshman directly from high school.  Subject tests are offered for students who may choose to apply for a specific program or college that encourages it or if students test better by subject. It is highly recommended for students to check with their preferred colleges/universities for their placement test requirements.




ACCUPLACER is a tool developed by The College Board to measure writing, reading and math skills. This test is used for placement into academic courses required for certificate and degree programs and as a prerequisite for entrance into select technical programs. General information about the Accuplacer can be found at

Accuplacer Test at Tacoma Community College (TCC) - As of June 2020, TCC will no longer use the Accuplacer as a placement option. 

  • TCC will utilize alternate placement measures to determine English and Math placements.  Detailed information located at

Accuplacer Test at Bates Technical College (BTC)

Accuplacer Test at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC)

  • Register in-person at CPTC Assessment Center
  • CPTC Test Fee is $19.00 (Pay in-person at CPTC Building 17, Room 210)
  • CPTC Test - General Information
  • NOTE: CPTC will allow placement alternatives (i.e. SAT, ACT, SBA)

Accuplacer Test at Pierce College (Pierce)

  • Pierce determines English, Reading and Math placements in multiple ways, such as assessment scores, high school or college transcripts, placement reciprocity, or a computer-based assessment. Please see Pierce's website for details at