Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Placement Test Administered?
Placement testing ensures success by revealing each prospective student's skill level in English and mathematics, then recommending course placements that correspond to the skill level. Using these placements, students will begin classes at a level where they are more likely to succeed.

Who is Required to Complete Placement Testing?
All new matriculated students are required to complete placement testing prior to course registration, unless the Admissions Office grants a test waiver. Non-matriculated students are also encouraged to test and may be required to test before taking certain courses in order to verify they have met the prerequisite. Students whose primary language is not English should take the ESOL Placement Test. 

When May I Test?
You may schedule an appointment or test on a walk-in basis.  Scores are valid for three years.

What is the Waiver and Retest Criteria?
The MCC Admissions Office will consider students for placement testing waivers and retests based on specific academic criteria. However, waivers and retests are not automatically granted to students meeting the waiver criteria or the retest criteria. Waivers and retests are considered individually after a thorough review of the respective student's entire academic record.

How May I Prepare for the Placement Test?
You should prepare for your placement test.  Resources are available on the Preparing for Your ACCUPLACER Test page of our website.  

What is Computer Delivered Testing?
ACCUPLACER is a computer-based test (CBT) delivered via the Internet. No previous computer skills are needed to complete the test. All information is entered by using the mouse and/or the keyboard and only a small amount of information is typed. A proctor will always be present to assist with problems that relate to test format or to computer usage. Proctors may not, however, answer any academic-related questions associated with the test.

What is Adaptive Testing?
The ACCUPLACER test is an adaptive test. This means that the computer uses your answers to questions to determine the level of difficulty of each successive question asked. Using this technique, we can determine your skill level on each section of the test by asking relatively few questions. The test is not timed, so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. Once you have verified your answer, however, you cannot return to that question.

What Must I Bring the Day of My Test?
A current photo ID (driver's license, student ID, work ID, etc.) is required at the time of check-in.  All other personal belongings should be left home or in your car.  Large personal belongings, such as bookbags and large purses, are not permitted in the testing center.  Paper, pencil, and any other materials required for you to test will be provided by testing center staff.  

Testing for Students with Disabilities
Students who need ACCUPLACER testing and are eligible for special accommodations, should ensure that the appropriate documentation is submitted for approval to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office.  Testing center staff can only provide accommodations that have been approved by the SSD office. 

How were my Placements Determined?
ACCUPLACER English and math Course Placement Guidelines.  CELSA (ESOL) Course Placement Guidelines.