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About the Accuplacer

The Accuplacer is a placement test 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). Your score helps you and your adviser determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.

The Procedure

First, apply to MxCC and look for your acceptance letter from the Office of Enrollment Services.  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:

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions below to familiarize yourself with the entire process.
  2. Take the sample tests and use the study sites in the "Prepare for the Accuplacer" section so that you are sure to do your best.
  3. Select a test date and make an appointment.
  4. Come in well rested and prepared to do your best on assessment day!

Accuplacer FAQ

    Who Must Take the Accuplacer?

    All MxCC students – including ALL High School Partnership Program students (regardless of SAT/ACT scores) – must take the Accuplacer with several exceptions.

    Exceptions to the Accuplacer:

    • 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.
    • Students who have taken the 2016 GED and achieved a scaled score above 165 in Math or English.

    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 Accuplacer.

    English
    SATs taken before March 2016:
    450-499/ENG*063/101 ALP or ENG*101E
    500+/ENG*101

    SATs taken March 2016 or later:
    24.5-26.5/ENG*063/101 ALP or ENG*101E
    27+/500+

    Math
    SATs taken before March 2016:
    450-500/MAT*137E
    501-550/MAT*137
    551+/MAT*146, MAT*168, MAT*173

    SATs taken March 2016 or later:
    490-530/MAT*137E
    540-570/MAT*137
    580+/MAT*146, MAT*168, MAT*173

    ACT Scores

    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.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.

    Students who feel they should be placed into a higher level math course should consider taking the Accuplacer 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.

    If you believe that you are exempt from the placement test, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 860.343.5719.

    Students who feel they should be placed into a higher level math course should consider taking the Accuplacer 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.

    (If you have not already done so, please take the time to read over the Accuplacer FAQs below)

      Prepare for the Accuplacer:

      The better you score on the Accuplacer, the more likely you are to place into college level courses. By taking the time to refresh and fine-tune your math and English skills, you could end up saving a good deal of time and money by placing out of developmental classes. That is why it is important for you to practice and prepare prior to taking the test. Your scores determine your placement, and there are no "re-tests."

      Schedule Your Test

      Please read the information on the "Accuplacer FAQ" section below above scheduling an assessment. There are NO retests and you should review/study prior to your appointment. The more prepared you are for college level courses, the more likely you are to save time and money by placing out of developmental courses.

      If you do not know your Banner ID number, you can look it up here.

      Call the Academic Success Center at (860) 343-5770 with any questions.

      After the Test

      English Placement Scores

      PlacementReading ScoreWriting
      EDUC 1003 (Fast Track)Less than 230TBD
      ENG*096230-247TBD
      ENG*099A ALP-101 ALP248-254TBD
      ENG*101E255-257TBD
      ENG*101258 or aboveTBD

      Math Placement Scores

      PlacementScores
      Transitional Fast-Track WorkshopsQAS (NG) 200-233 &
      AR (NG) 200-249
      Intensive (MAT*095I) Six HoursQAS (NG) 234-238 &
      AR (NG) 250-300
      Intensive (MAT*095) Three HoursQAS (NG) 239-245 &
      AR (NG) 250-300
      MAT*104QAS (NG) 246-274
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
      Embedded (MAT*137E)QAS (NG) 246-249
      AR (NG) 263-300
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
      MAT*137QAS (NG) 250-274
      AAF (NG) 200-240
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
      MAT*146, MAT*158, MAT*167, MAT*173QAS (NG) 260-300
      AAF (NG) 241-250
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
      MAT*186QAS (NG) 260-300
      AAF (NG) 251-280
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E
      MAT*210QAS (NG) 260-300
      AAF (NG) 281-300
      and completion of ENG*101 (of any kind)
      MAT*254QAS (NG) 260-300
      AAF (NG) 281-300
      and eligible for ENG*101 or ENG*101E

      AR (NG): Next Generation Arithmetic
      QAS (NG): Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
      AAF (NG): Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions

      College and Career Success

      College and Career Success COL*101 is recommended for all students, but it is highly recommended for students who place at the transitional, intensive, and some embedded course levels. These courses include the Fast Tracks in English and Math, ENG*096, ENGALP, ENG*101E, MAT 095I, and MAT 095. (effective Spring 2018)

      English and Math Sequences

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      Sequence of English Courses  Click for larger image

      Spring 2019:
      Students who place into ENG096, MAT095I, or 095 courses, who need to retake one or more Math and/or English course, or who are eligible for Fast Track Workshops may be eligible for the following FREE packages. The Transitional Strategies Packages reflect partnerships with Middletown and Meriden Adult Education where we share funds and resources to assist students. No cost to the packages. This is an excellent way for new students to jump start their education. It is an excellent way for continuing students to refresh skills sets in English and/ or Math.

      Middletown Adult Ed       Wallingford Adult Ed