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Placement Testing

The ACCUPLACER exam is a comprehensive battery of tests designed to provide information about students’ English, reading, mathematics, and computer skills. Tests within the ACCUPLACER System are delivered over the Internet and assist with determining if students are prepared for college-level courses or if they would benefit from developmental courses.

What is the purpose of the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

The ACCUPLACER Placement Test helps the College determine which future courses individual students are prepared for. After taking the test, students will be placed either in pre-collegiate or college-level courses. ACCUPLACER assesses the skills needed for college success. ACCUPLACER evaluates academic preparedness in the areas of writing, reading comprehension and mathematics. Students will receive neither a “passing” nor “failing” grade on the ACCUPLACER test. The purpose of the test is merely to determine a student’s current skill level in specific areas so that they may be placed in the appropriate college courses.

Who must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

Students must take the ACCUPLACER Test if they are:

  • Applying for admission to a degree or certificate program
  • Enrolling in a writing, math or reading course that requires a math or writing prerequisite
  • Entering any program that requires assessment in writing, math or reading

How does one prepare for the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

Mesalands Community College provides math review sheets to help students prepare for the placement exam. Students can click on View Tutorial found at the top of each test page and the screen below will display.  By clicking on one of the links provided, the student will see short tutorials on how to use the mouse and keyboard and how to take multiple-choice and essay tests.