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If you are a new student, you must have an MCC application submitted before testing.

How do I configure my Chromebook for remote ACCUPLACER testing?

Please download instructions to configure Chromebook for remote ACCUPLACER testing.

Do I need to take the placement test?

There are multiple ways placement can be determined at MCC. MCC uses the highest course placement for each subject area from any combination of the following:

ACT Scores – If you’ve taken the ACT within the last three years, submit your official scores to the Student Data Center.

  • ACT – English – Scores of 18 and higher can be used for placement
  • ACT – Reading – Any score can be used for placement
  • ACT – Math – Scores of 22 and higher can be used for placement

High School GPA (7th semester or final and converted to a 4.0 scale) – If you’ve graduated within the last three year, submit your official transcript to the Student Data Center.

  • English – GPA of 3.0 or higher can be used for placement
  • Reading – Any GPA can be used for placement
  • Math – Any GPA can be used for placement

Prior College Credit – If you have taken college level courses, including dual credit courses, submit your official transcript to the Student Data Center.

  • English – Successful (C or better) completion of a college level English course can be used for placement.
  • Reading – Successful (C or better) completion of ENGL 101 or 12 college credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA, can be use used for placement.
  • Math – Successful (C or better) completion of a college level math course, can be used for placement.

Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) – Is used for students who cannot place using one of the methods listed above.

What is needed to place into college level courses?

Using ACT Scores* - If you’ve taken the ACT within the last three years

Test Score College Level Placement
ACT – English 18-36 ENGL 101
ACT - Reading 18-22 READ 100 recommended
23-36 No reading required
ACT – Math 22 or above MATH 115, 119 or 120
26 or above MATH 130, 141, 150, 175 or 180

*Official scores should be reported to the Student Data Center

Using High School GPA (7th semester or final and converted to 4.0 scale)* – If you’ve graduated within the last three years

Area HS GPA College Level Placement
English 3.0 – 4.0 ENGL 101
Reading 3.0 – 3.39 READ 100 recommended
3.40 – 4.00 No reading required
Math 3.15 – 3.29 MATH 120 linked with MATH 99
3.30 – 4.0 MATH 115, MATH 119 or MATH 120

*High School transcripts should be submitted to the Student Data Center

Prior college credit can be used to exempt a student from placement testing*

Area Prior college credit requirement
English Successful (C or better) completion of a college level English course
Reading Successful completion of ENGL 101 or
Completion of 12 college credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA
Math Successful (C or better) completion of a college level Math course

*All college transcripts should be sent to the Student Data Center

What if I fail my placement test?

The placement test (ACCUPLACER) is not a pass/fail test. The scores indicate your strengths and your academic needs. MCC uses this information to determine your placement and we provide developmental courses designed to prepare you for college level course work, if needed.

Taking the placement test (ACCUPLACER)

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 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.

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 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.
  • 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; Pearson VUE; HiSET; TABE; NOCTI; and the HESI A2 tests.
  • ACCUPLACER and make-up tests are administered on a walk-in basis.

General Questions

Where are the testing centers located?

I need a Scantron for testing. Where do I get one?

Placement Survey

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.