Placement Questionnaire FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1 How do I correct an error?

    If you submitted your responses but made an error, you'll need to work with a counselor after completing orientation to correct your error. You must bring your high school transcript when meeting with your counselor. You can only submit the Placement Questionnaire once.

    If you believe your placement result is too low or high, meet with a counselor after orientation to review your placement. Merced College counselors will work with you to ensure that you are placed in a course that you will succeed in.

    If you have questions about your placement or need help in choosing the right class for you, please make an appointment to see a counselor

  • 2 Who has to take the Placement Questionnaire (PQ)?

    The Placement Questionnaire is for anyone who completed high school or seniors close to completing high school in the United States.

  • 3 What is in the Placement Questionnaire (PQ)?

    The Placement Questionnaire for English and math placement will ask simple questions that can be easily answered with a high school transcript.

    Students share their high school GPA, the English and math courses they took in high school, as well as the grades they earned in those courses. Responses are randomly verified using official transcripts.

  • 4 When do I take it?

    In the Steps to Apply and Enroll, you usually get assessed after you have applied to Merced College.

    After you get assessed and placed in English and math classes, you meet with a counselor before enrolling in classes.

  • 5 How do I know what my placement is?

    After completing and submitting the Placement Questionnaire a screen with your recommended placement for English and math classes will pop up (see below).

    Placement results sample A
    Placement results sample B

  • 6 I have completed my Placement Questionnaire and did not get a placement.  What do I do now?

    After completing and submitting the Placement Questionnaire a screen with your recommended placement for English and math classes popped up stating, “We were not able to generate English and or Math placement results for you.  Please schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor.

    Please contact the counseling department to schedule an appointment with a counselor. Please bring a copy of your high school transcripts and/or the last college you attend. The counselor will use your transcripts to determine your placement level.