FAQ

About the Tests

Assessment testing at MCC will help you to identify your academic strengths and needs so that you can plan an appropriate schedule of course work. The test will give you information about your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and will tell you at what level you need to begin your college studies. The entire test takes approximately three hours so plan your time accordingly.

Students must bring their Banner student identification number and a photo ID to the test.

The test comprises two parts. The first part of the test is a computerized test called Accuplacer, where students are tested on mathematics, reading and writing. The test administrator will connect you to the Accuplacer website where you will read the instructions and questions, and then select your answers using the mouse.  Basic computer skills are all that is needed to complete this test. You are tested on the content of the test sections not your computer skills. The second part, a challenge essay, is a writing sample. Students have up to one hour to compose their essay.

After completing the entire test, you will make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your results and plan your schedule of courses.


What kinds of questions are on Accuplacer?

Next-Generation Reading

The Reading test assesses your ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Questions are multiple choice in format and are either discrete or part of sets built around a common passage or passages.

Next-Generation Writing

The Writing test evaluates your ability to revise and edit multiparagraph text for effective expression of ideas and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities.  Questions are multiple choice in format and appear as part of sets built around a common, extended passage; no discrete  questions are included.

Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Test: Reading Skills

The LOEP test assesses the English skills of students who have learned English as a second language or who are native English speakers with limited proficiency. The reading skills part of the LOEP test assesses the student’s comprehension of short passages.  It contains a total of 20 questions. This test is designed to measure comprehension and inference skills.

Next-Generation Arithmetic

The Arithmetic test focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The Arithmetic test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents

All questions are multiple choice in format.

Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Rational Numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

All questions are multiple choice in format.

Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions

The Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and Rational Equations
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Trigonometry

All questions are multiple choice in format.


Test Taking Tips

  • Relax! The Assessment Test was designed to help you succeed in school.  Your course placement result helps you and your Advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
  • You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive 30 minutes early (and even earlier in January and August) so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins.
  • Pay careful attention to directions and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.
  • Write your best!  If you are required to do the Challenge essay you will have up to one hour to write your essay.  Instructors from the English Department will read your essay and determine which level English course is appropriate for you.  Many of our courses have English prerequisites which are based on this test so take your time and do your best!
  • You should understand that the mathematics section of Accuplacer is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You cannot omit any question or come back to change an answer. You may change your answer to a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on to the next question. If you do not, the answer is accepted and you cannot return to the question. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices then pick one of the remaining choices.
  • Textbooks, notebooks, or other paper of any kind (except scratch paper provided by the Test Administrator for use with the mathematics tests) are not allowed in the testing room. Further, anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or uses notes or books of any kind, will not be allowed to continue the test. Following the test period, no test materials or notes may be removed from the room.
  • Remember to bring your Banner student identification number and a Photo ID.  You will NOT be able to take the test without a proper identification number.
  • Now that you have an idea of what the test covers, how about taking a look at some of the sample questions?