Placement Testing



Placement Testing - After you have been admitted to the college, you must take the college placement test. You may be exempt from all or part of the test if you have successfully completed a college level English or math course from another college or have taken the MCC placement testing at an earlier date. If you have not been admitted to the college yet, you can apply online now.

Make an appointment to take a Placement Test.

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.

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 of MyMathTest, you will need to register online. You will also need a valid email address and a student access code. 

The Math Centers and the Reading Labs 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 Academic Resources Building, room 214 and in Lowell in the City Building 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.

Also, our Adult Learning Center offers CPT prep to high school graduates on a space available basis.

Note: The test administrator will ask to see a picture ID so please be certain to bring one with you.

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Last Modified: 1/13/14