Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Accuplacer Placement Test Administered?
ACCUPLACER is administered to incoming students to ensure academic success in English and mathematics, as these courses are foundational to virtually every degree program offered at MCC. 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. For more information about the "English for Speakers of Other Languages" test, please refer to the ESOL Placement Testing Brochure, online at Placement Testing home page.

When May I Test?
You may schedule an appointment or test on a walk-in basis. The testing schedule brochure is available in the Admissions Office (Brighton Campus, Building 1, Room 211), the Damon City Campus Student Services Office (5th floor), or on-line at Placement Testing home page.

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?
Preparation is suggested to ensure that test scores accurately represent your current skill levels. Reviewing basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic and algebra before taking Accuplacer should assist you in preparation for the test.

What is Computer Delivered Testing?
ACCUPLACER is a computer-based test 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 untimed, 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 photo ID (driver's license, student ID, work ID, etc.) is required at the time of check-in.

Before testing begins, a proctor will give instructions to all students. These instructions are also available at each computer station. In order to ensure ideal testing conditions for all students, you will be asked to minimize noise in the lab at all times, to turn off all cell phones and pagers, not to talk during testing, and to maintain silence if you have to leave the room to take a break. Additionally, students are not authorized use of a calculator or dictionary to complete any portion of the test unless special arrangements have been made (see "Testing of Students with Disabilities" section below). Students who are caught violating any administrative instructions may be asked to leave the lab and return at a later time to retake the test.

Testing for Students with Disabilities
Students who need ACCUPLACER testing and are eligible for special accommodations, should ensure that the appropriate documentation, reflecting the specified accommodations, is forwarded to the MCC Placement Testing home page.

Students who have listed "extra time" as their only accommodation need not forward documentation as the test is untimed and this accommodation does not apply.