Student Assessment

Student Assessment focuses on providing objective, relevant, and timely information to students that will allow accurate course placements using multiple measures. We aim to provide a comfortable, supportive, and inclusive environment that aims to assess student's skill levels to maximize student success. We endeavor to advise students about their placements in a caring and compassionate manner through our knowledgeable and professional team.

Students looking to take courses at MCC should follow these steps for course placement:

Placement at Middlesex

At MCC, we use multiple measures and guided self-placement for course placement. Course placement is designed to maximize student outcomes by determining student readiness for college-level coursework.

You can sign up for a Placement Information Session Here

Review the Placement Presentation

Students can be placed into college-level course work based on previous college course work, SAT scores, ACT Scores, high school GPA, GED or HiSet Scores. Students new to MCC that cannot place with any other measure can place into courses using guided self placement. You need to first complete an online Admissions application in order to place in courses.

  • Transfer Credit:
  • SAT Scores:
    • Students with a 500 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section within the last three years are eligible for ENG101- English Composition I. Students with a 600 on the math section in the last three years are eligible to take MAT290-Calculus I. Please request CollegeBoard to have your scores sent.
    • SAT scores should be sent to placement@middlesex.mass.edu.
  • ACT Scores:
    • Students with a score of 22 or higher on the English Language Arts section within the last three years are eligible for ENG101- English Composition I. Students with a score of 22 or higher on the math section within the last three years are eligible for college level math. Students wishing to take MAT290-Calculus I will need to take the ACCUPLACER.
    • ACT scores should be sent to placement@middlesex.mass.edu.
  • High School Grade Point Average (GPA):
    • Students that have graduated high school with a 2.7 GPA or higher within the last ten years are eligible for ENG101- English Composition I..
    • Students that have graduated high school with a 2.7 GPA or higher within the last three years are eligible for most entry-level college math up to MAT195- Precalculus & Trigonometry for Engineering and Science.
    • Students meeting the GPA criteria will be eligible for MAT 196 – Accelerated Precalculus & Trigonometry for Engineering and Science if they have passed Algebra 2 with a grade of B+ or better.
    • Students meeting the GPA criteria will be eligible for MAT290-Calculus I if they have passed Trigonometry and Precalculus or equivalent with a grade of B or better.
      • Students wishing to take MAT290-Calculus I that do not meet the required high school prerequisite math courses may need to take the math ACCUPLACER only.
    • High school transcripts should be sent to admissions@middlesex.mass.edu.
  • HiSet or GED Scores:
    • Students that have taken the GED with a 165 or above with in the last three years are eligible for ENG101- English Composition I.
    • Students that have taken the HiSet with a score of 15 or above are eligible for ENG101- English Composition I.
  • Students with HiSet and GED as their sole measure for placement must place into math using guided self-placement.
  • HiSet and GED scores should be sent to placement@middlesex.mass.edu.

If a student does not meet any of the criteria above, incoming students must use guided self-placement.

English Self-Placement Guide

Mathematics Self-Placement Guide

If you are unsure of your Guided English or Math self-placement level, e-mail ACE@middlesex.mass.edu to schedule a Make the Right Choice appointment. This one-on-one Zoom appointment is designed to help you make an informed decision that will place you in the English and/or Math level that is right for you.

Current students, those that need to retest, or students looking to place into MAT290-Calculus I without qualifying SAT scores or high school courses must register for the ACCUPLACER exam.

Once you have completed the steps above, make sure your placement is confirmed.

  • Students using multiple measures can email placement@middlesex.mass.edu to verify documentation was received.
  • Students using guided self-placement will receive a confirmation email when placements are received within 1-2 business days. Self-placement forms are usually processed same-day, but please allow 48 hours for our team to review. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam, junk or others folder. You can also contact us at placement@middlesex.mass.edu to verify your placements are in the system.
  • Students using Accuplacer will have their scores recorded by Student Assessment upon completion of the test and do not need to confirm placement.
  • Once your placement is confirmed, please register for a new student registration session. To sign up, please visit our advising page.

Other Services:

ACCUPLACER
      A placement exam for students that cannot be placed using other multiple measures or self-placement

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
     Admission requirement for the Nursing Program

Proctored Exams
     Exam proctoring for extended time and make-up exams for MCC courses

A&P Prerequisite Exam
     Prerequisite exam for BIO 231 Anatomy and Physiology 

 

Meet Our Team

Contact Us:  placement@middlesex.mass.edu 

Bedford Campus:                                      
Enrollment Center, Room EC-114                
591 Springs Road                                              
Bedford, MA 01730                                         

Lowell Campus:
Carol Cowan Ctr, Room LC-205
33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852                                 

 

 

Last Modified: 10/28/22