If you are a new student, you must have an MCC application submitted before testing.
Do I need to take the placement test?
- If you are a prospective MCC student, you must submit an MCC application [link] before testing.
- You must take the placement test:
- If you have never attended college and are taking 6 or more credit hours, or
- If your ACT or previous placement test scores are more than 3 years old, or
- If you have attended college in the past and do not have a college transcript showing grades of “C” or better in college-level English and math.
How much does it cost to take the placement test?
- There is no charge for the first time you take the test. The scores are valid for 3 years. If you choose to retest before the 3 years are up, you must pay a $25 retest fee.
- High school students may take the first test for free; they also may retest one time with no charge. A second retest will be $25.
How long is the placement test?
Placement tests are not timed. Plan for 2-3 hours for testing.
I have ACT scores. Can I use them in place of testing?
If you have taken the ACT in the last 3 years, you may be able to use the scores in place of testing for all or part of the sections (Reading, Writing, Math). Bring a copy of your scores to the testing center. An MCC representative will determine if further testing is necessary.
I have some college credit. Do I have to take the placement test?
You must provide a transcript of your college credit. [link to transcript request] If you took college-level English or math with a grade of “C” or better, you may not be required to take the placement test. If your college credit is from another institution, see an academic advisor before testing.
I took the placement test before. Do I need to take it again?
- If you took the COMPASS or ACCUPLACER at MCC in the past, you may not need to take the test again if your test was less than 3 years ago. If the scores are older than that, you will need to retake the placement test.
- If you took the placement test in the past and have college credit, you may not have to retake all or part of the exam. Talk with an academic advisor before retesting.
What is the placement test procedure?
- You can test on a walk-in basis at any MCC testing center.
- Bring a valid photo ID.
- The ACCUPLACER is administered on a computer. The program is user-friendly even if you have little or no computer experience. The test is untimed and adapts to your abilities with the questions increasing in difficulty. This is how ACCUPLACER determines the classes you should begin taking.
- The reading test asks you to highlight the main idea of a passage to measure comprehension and prior knowledge.
- The writing test includes grammar, punctuation and sentence structure as well as strategy, organization and style in effective writing.
- The math test may include algebra and advanced math problems. You can use an online calculator for some of the questions. Other questions will not allow the use of a calculator.
How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER?
Do I have to take the placement test at the campus testing center where I am going to take classes?
You may take the placement test at any MCC testing center. The testing centers do not administer different tests depending on their location.
Do I have to write an essay?
- If you take the ACCUPLACER and your scores place you in ENGLISH 80 or ENGLISH 90, you have an opportunity to move your placement to a higher course by writing an essay. You can write the essay the same day after you test or can make an appointment. You will be provided with writing prompts and you will choose one. You will have one hour to complete the essay. It will be graded by two English instructors.
- Students whose first language is not English will write an essay prior to taking the online ESL-ACCUPLACER. The written essay provides Applied Language Institute (ALI) staff with more information for placing students in ESL classes.
What if I fail my placement test?
The ACCUPLACER is not a pass/fail test. The scores indicate your strengths and your academic needs. To meet academic challenges, you can take courses in math, reading, English and study skills to get you up to speed.
If I am a visiting student at MCC for the summer or for one semester, do I need to take the placement test?
No, you do not need to take the placement test.
What should I do if I need accommodations for testing?
Contact your campus Disability Support Services (DSS) office [link to DSS page} to determine what paperwork you are required to submit to be granted accommodations.
Do I have to schedule my accommodations test?
- Your first step regarding testing after you have arranged testing accommodations with Disability Support Services (DSS) and submitted paperwork to your instructor is to schedule your test with your campus testing center. Your instructor will not do this for you. You can schedule your test here: [link to accommodations testing form]
- Scheduling your tests ahead of time (1-3 days, or even sooner for midterms and finals) means that you should be able to have access to a private room, if needed. If you wait, all of the rooms may be scheduled at the time you want to test.
What is SmarterProctoring?
SmarterProctoring provides online students proctoring options for their testing. Schedule your required test through the SmarterProctoring link on Blackboard. Most online students test at one of the MCC testing centers.
I missed a class test. What do I do?
- Contact your instructor immediately by phone, e-mail or in person to request a make-up test. Access Blackboard for your instructor’s contact information.
- Instructions for make-up tests are sent or delivered to your campus testing center. Make-up tests are administered on a walk-in basis. Be sure you have a photo ID when you arrive to test.
I am going to be out of town on my test date. What do I do?
Contact your instructor. Contact information can be found in your syllabus. Testing can be arranged at a testing center prior to your leaving town.
Do I have to schedule all testing?
- You must schedule these tests: MCC online tests that require proctoring (see SmarterProctoring link on Blackboard); non-MCC online course tests (a $25 proctor fee is required;, ATI TEAS tests [there is a red TEAS button on the nursing pages—can you put it here?]; Pearson VUE; HiSET [link to our HiSET page]; TABE; NOCTI; and the HESI A2 tests.
- ACCUPLACER and make-up tests are administered on a walk-in basis.
Where are the testing centers located?
- Testing centers are located at Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley.
- If you have further questions, call 816.604.1000 for assistance.
I need a Scantron for testing. Where do I get one?
Take this online survey to find out if you need to take any kind of placement (ACCUPLACER) testing at MCC.
Scantrons can be purchased in the campus bookstores.