Purpose of the Assessment
The Basic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) was developed by the College Board to provide information about your skill level in English, reading, and mathematics (to determine courses that are most appropriate for you at this time). These results are used in the course selection and advising process.
First, apply to MxCC and look for your acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. This will have your student identification number (Banner ID). This ID is required in order to take the basic skills assessment.
Next, follow these simple steps:
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions on the “Accuplacer FAQ” page to familiarize yourself with the entire process.
- Take the sample tests and use the study sites on the “Test Preparation” page so that you are sure to do your best.
- Select a test date and make an appointment.
- Come in well rested and prepared to do your best on assessment day!
Who Must Take the BSA
All MxCC students – including ALL High School Partnership Program students (regardless of SAT/ACT scores) – must take the BSA with several exceptions:
- 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 (for tests taken prior to March 2016): 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.
- 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. However, we strongly encourage students to take the placement test since they may place into a higher-level course.
- 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.
If you believe that you are exempt from the placement test, please contact the Academic Success Center at 860.343.5770 or the Office of Admissions at 860.343.5719.
If you take the BSA and place into developmental level courses, you may be eligible for one of these free transitional strategies packages running this fall. Click on the links below to learn more about each.