Placement Assessment and Educational Planning


Welcome to Westmoreland County Community College! Students are invited to schedule their placement assessment and educational planning session as soon as:

  • The Application for Admission is complete. APPLY HERE
  • Admissions receives the following documents as applicable: High school transcript, GED scores, SAT or ACT scores and college transcripts. Call 724.925.4077 for more information.

Placement assessment includes review of the following:

  • Evaluation of high school transcripts, GED score reports, college transcripts and SAT/ACT scores may be used to determine course placement
  • In some cases, certain academic skill checks will be administered to determine a student's skill level in reading comprehension, sentence skills, algebra and mathematics.

The educational planning session includes:

  • Discussion of the student's life goals, an overview of academic programs and placement into courses based on the above academic criteria
  • Registration for classes in the upcoming semester
  • New students will also be provided important information about the college website, student portal, payment options, bookstore and campus resources.


  • Students who have an associate or bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may be exempt from the academic skill checks upon receipt of college transcripts.
  • Visiting college students and transfer students may also be exempt from the academic skills checks upon receipt of college transcripts that validate satisfactory completion of prerequisites in reading, composition and mathematics.
  • Students not seeking a degree are required to take the academic skills check after the completion of 12 credits in order to continue their enrollment.

Preparing for your placement assessment & educational planning session

Scheduling your placement assessment and educational planning session

  • Appointments are available by directly calling the Westmoreland location of your choice:
    • Youngwood: 724.925.6893 (Walk-ins are also welcome! Founders Hall, Room 555, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
    • Murrysville: 724.327.8090
    • Fayette County: 724.437.3512
    • Indiana County: 724.357.1404
    • Latrobe: 724.925.8473
    • New Kensington: 724.335.8110


  • Students who require accommodations due to a disability should call 724.925.4000, extension 3053, to discuss specific needs.

Important Parent/Guardian information

Due to space and confidentiality while Founders Hall is under construction, parents/guardians are not permitted in the room with Pathways Advisors during the educational planning/advising session. We recognize this may be somewhat uncomfortable or difficult for some parents/guardians. In an effort to accommodate all needs, we recommend that you review the following information with your child prior to his/her visit with a Pathways Advisor to ensure all questions/concerns are addressed at that time:

  • Learn what to expect and how to prepare for course placement and advising by visiting the Placement Assessment & Educational Planning webpage

  • Review the Placement Assessment Appointment Checklist and Quick Guide for New Students

  • Read about his/her chosen academic program in the current College Catalog online.  Students who have not declared an academic program will schedule classes under the AA Liberal Arts degree program until such time.

  • Log on the Student Portal at and begin exploring the student e-mail account and Student Planning.  

  • Discuss class preferences prior to his/her visit—days/times, education center, course delivery method (traditional classroom setting, online, blended, hybrid, etc.), types of courses (dependent on placement and program requirements), etc.

  • Make certain the student brings his/her User Name and password for the Student Portal as well as all questions/concerns that need to be addressed

  • The student should be prepared to take detailed notes about the information covered with his/her Pathways Advisor.