Assessment Testing

Assessment testing ensures that students have adequate preparation for college-level courses; the results are used to guide students into appropriate classes. Students must have already applied to MCC before taking the test, and tests must be taken prior to registering for classes.

About the Assessment Test

The test is comprised of two possible sections. The first section is a computerized test called Accuplacer, where students are tested on mathematics, reading comprehension and either sentence skills or the level of English proficiency (LOEP) test. The second section, the Challenge Essay, is a writing sample. This one-hour timed essay is optional only for students who test in English 093. For all other students, it is required and is typically administered on a day separate from the Accuplacer. If a student places in English 101 they are exempt from the Challenge Essay.

Test Exemption

Students may request an English or Math Assessment Test Exemption by submitting the following evidence to the Admissions Office:

English Exemption Criteria:

  • SAT Critical Reading or Writing Score of 450 or higher
  • ACT English test score of 21 or higher, or ACT English and ACT Reading combined score of 47 or higher
  • College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions Office

Math Exemption Criteria:

  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 18 or higher
  • College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions Office

Once the exemption has been processed the student needs to bring the signed off exemption with them to the actual test appointment.

Students who have completed the Accuplacer test at another college should bring their Score Report to the Testing Center, SSC L131, and see the Test Administrator to see where those scores would place them at MCC.

Planning Your Visit

The entire test (both math and English) takes approximately two hours to complete, but expect to be on campus for approximately three hours, so please plan your visit accordingly. Test information and ways to review are available on this website.

Location: Testing is located in the Student Services Center (SSC) Lowe building. Testing usually takes place in SSC L104 & SSC L105, unless stated otherwise at sign up. The Testing Center office is located in SSC L131.

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Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

You must provide documentation that supports your need for adjustments one week prior to the test date. No adjustments will be made without this information. Keep in mind when making your request that this is an untimed test. Students with LD, ADD or Autism Spectrum Disorders should submit information (WAIS, achievement testing) to Gail Stanton or Joan Kantor. Students with physical or psychological disabilities should submit medical records to Joseph Navarra. To schedule an intake appointment, please call 860-512-3320.

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Schedule Your Test

Testing Appointments

If you need to schedule a new appointment or cancel, confirm or reschedule an existing appointment, click the appropriate button below.

Important: Students must bring their Banner Student ID number and a photo ID to the test session.


The mission of the Testing Center is to provide comprehensive testing services to students, staff and community members. To this end, the Center provides a comprehensive and wide-range of testing services as well as a full range of accommodations for students needing disability accommodations. The Center staff supports student's academic growth by offering test sessions in a positive environment and works collaboratively with all student development programs in order to provide a professional and central Testing Center. For more information about testing, contact Georgette E. Hyman, Test Administrator, 860-512-3596.
Last Update: August 27 2014
For additional information, contact Georgette Hyman