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 MxCC before taking the test, and tests must be taken prior to registering for classes.


Test Exemption

Students may request an English or math assessment test exemption by submitting the following evidence to the Admissions office:

  • Students who have an associate degree or higher
  • Students who have completed college level mathematics and English
  • Part-time and non-degree students who have not accumulated 12 credit hours, unless they wish to take an English or math class, or a course that requires a math or English prerequisite.
    • SAT Scores:  Students who have taken the math and verbal portions of the SAT within the past four years may receive a waiver from the Basic Skills Assessment Test.
      • Math:  A score of 501-550 will place a student into MAT*137, and a score of 551 will place a student into a math course with a prerequisite of MAT*137 such as MAT*146, MAT*168 or MAT*173.
        Students who feel they should be placed into a higher level math course should consider taking the Basic Skills Assessment Test where they can place as high as MAT*254 (Calculus I). Please Note:  MAT* 137 is equivalent to high school Algebra II and may not count as math credit in all college programs.
      • English: A score of 500 on the Critical Reading portions of the SAT will place a student into ENG*101.
      • Students who took the new SAT (beginning in March 2016) should contact the Academic Success Center or the Office of Admissions to determine if these scores may be used in lieu of the Basic Skills Assessment.
    • ACT Scores:  Students who have taken the math and verbal portions of the ACT within the past four years may receive a waiver from the Basic Skills Assessment.
      • Math:  A score of 19 – 21 on the ACT Math test will place a student into MAT*137, and a score of 22 or higher on the ACT Math test will place a student into a math course with a prerequisite of MAT*137 such as MAT*146, MAT*168 or MAT*173..
        Students who feel they should be placed into a higher level math course should consider taking the Basic Skills Assessment Test where they can place as high as MAT*254 (Calculus I). Please Note:  MAT* 137 is equivalent to high school Algebra II and may not count as math credit in all college programs.
      • English:  A score of 20 or higher on the ACT Reading portion or a score of 47 or higher on the ACT English and Reading portions will place a student into ENG*101.

      SAT/ACT PLACEMENT

      ENGLISH

      Placement into:

      OLD SAT Score

      (Prior to March 2016)

      NEW SAT Score

      (March 2016 or later)

      ACT Score
      ENG*063/101 ALP Or ENG*101E 450–499 24.5–26.5
      ENG*101 500+ 27+ Reading 20+ or English/Reading

      Combined 47+

       

      MATH

      Placement into:

      OLD SAT Score

      (Prior to March 2016)

      NEW SAT Score

      (March 2016 or later)

      ACT Score
      MAT*137E 450–500 490–530 17–18
      MAT*137 501–550 540–570 19–21
      MAT*146

      MAT*168

      MAT*173

      551+ 580+ 22+

      Students with SAT (old) 551+ or (new) 580+ or ACT 22+ are encouraged to take the math portion of the Basic Skills Assessment as they may place into a higher level math course.

      Scores must be less than 4 years old.

      Test Scores & Course Placement»


      Planning Your Visit

      While the Accuplacer test is untimed, the entire test (both the math and English portions) takes approximately two hours to complete. For planning purposes, expect that you will be at Middlesex Community College for around three hours. Please plan your visit with your work and school schedules so that you can complete the test in one sitting.

      Directions to MxCC


      Scheduling Your Test

      Testing Appointments

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

      Important: Students must bring their Banner Student ID number to the test session.
      Students will be also asked to show an acceptable form of ID from the list below with the name and photograph easily recognizable both before and after the test.

      • Current driver’s license
      • State issued ID
      • College ID
      • Current passport
      • Tribal ID
      • Naturalization card

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