Prepare for your Placement Test
Because your test results will determine your initial course placements, it is important that your scores accurately reflect your ability. You might find it helpful to prepare for the test by learning more about the test format. To view sample questions and learn more about the test itself, you may access the ACCUPLACER website.
You may also want to refresh your arithmetic, algebra, or reading skills prior to taking the placement test. Students often approach the test ‘cold’ – that is without any practice- and wind up in a lower course than necessary. This costs you additional time and money. By reviewing before you take the test, you can brush up on some of the basics that you have had, but perhaps don’t remember. We have a number of ways for you to do this.
- We are currently offering Free Math Refresher Workshops for students who are planning to take or retake the math portion of the test. These workshops review basic math skills.
- We also offer Free Reading Refresher Workshops for students who are planning to take or retake the reading portion of the test. These workshops review specific reading skills you may need to improve your scores.
- Free Writing Refresher Workshops are available for students who are planning to take or retake the writing portion of the test. These workshops review these workshops review specific writing skills you may need to improve your score.
CPT Preparation and Review
CPT Prep - Reading
Each student interested in enrolling in courses at Middlesex Community College must take a Computerized Placement Test (CPT) in Reading, Writing and Math. The following is an interactive program designed to provide information on basic skills tested on the Reading CPT along with a series of diagnostic questions.
You can also download a CPT Preparation Packet for Reading. Practice questions on the packet start on page 11. After you complete the questions you can make an appointment with a Reading tutor to go over your answers and work with you to improve your reading comprehension.
CPT Prep - Writing
Download the CPT Preparation Packet for Writing. The packet explains the scoring process and includes tip sheets for writing a five paragraph essay, a thesis statement and much more. After you review the packet you can make an appointment with a Writing tutor to simulate the Writing CPT test. Our tutors will then provide feedback on your essay and make recommendations.
CPT Prep - Math
You can also review for the math test with MyMathTest, an online program that has sample tests designed for MCC students. The program contains a study plan based on your responses and includes videos and other resources to help you understand the problems. To take advantage ofMyMathTest, you will need to register online. You will also need a valid email address and a student access code. Click here for instructions.
The Math Centers, Reading Labs and Writing Centers in Bedford and Lowell provide one-on-one tutoring and "Review Packets" that provide some practice problems for the placement test. The Bedford location is in the Bedford Library Rm LIB7A and LIB7B and in Lowell in the Cowan Center in room 406B. You can drop in or call for an appointment. The Bedford Math Center can be reached at 781-280-3707, and the Lowell Center at 978-656-3368. The Bedford Reading Lab can be reached at 781-280-3727, and the Lowell Reading Lab at 978-656-3364. The Bedford Writing Center can be reached at 781-280-3727 and the Lowell Writing Center at 978-656-3365.