Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the placement test administered?
The goal of placement testing is to make sure each student is in classes that match their current skill level.  We want all students to succeed. The placement tells us what classes will be most appropriate for each student.

Who is required to complete placement testing?
All new students are required to take their placement exam before they can register for classes, unless the student is granted a waiver from Admissions. Sometimes, students who are only taking one or two classes need to test to make sure they meet the prerequisites. Students who are not native English speakers may need to take the ESOL Placement Test.

When and where may I test?
You may schedule an appointment or test on a walk-in basis at the Brighton Campus or Downtown Campus.  Brighton Testing Center   Downtown Testing Center

What is the waiver and retest criteria?
 Placement Test scores are valid for three years. 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.  If granted a waiver a placement by high school is provided.  What does math placement by high school mean?

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). Computer-based tests are tests that are given online.  No previous computer skills are needed to complete the test. Students use a mouse and the keyboard to enter their answers.  Only personal information is typed.  A proctor will always be present to help students with computer questions.  Proctors cannot type the test for the student. Proctors cannot help with any actual test questions. 

What is adaptive testing?
The ACCUPLACER test is an adaptive test.  This means that each question the computer gives you is based on your answer to the question before it. If questions are getting harder, it means that you have probably answered the previous questions correctly.  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 answered each question, 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.  Large personal belongings, such as bookbags and large purses, are not permitted in the testing center and should be left home.  Small items, such as cell phones, are permitted.  They will be secured in a 15"x15" locking bag during your test.  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 believe they should receive testing accommodations should register with 
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office before they come to test.  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.   

I already took an ACCUPLACER exam for another college, can I send MCC the results?
ACCUPLACER provides a customizable set of exams, so an ACCUPLACER test for another college may not provide the right information to determine MCC placement.  

Upon request, MCC Testing Services will review existing ACCUPLACER score reports to determine if an MCC placement can be determined.  Testing Services will not accept for cosideration score reports older than three years.

To request a review of ACCUPLACER scores administered for another college:

  1. Request a copy of your ACCUPLACER score report from the college where you completed your exam.  That institution may require that you complete a form and/or pay a fee to send the score report.  You are responsible for all fees associated with sending score reports.  
  2. Send the score report to or mail them to:

Monroe Community College

Testing Services

Attn: Sarah White

1000 East Henrietta Road

Rochester, NY 14623