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Accuplacer Placement Assessment, Advising, and Class Scheduling
Out of an abundance of caution, EMCC has postponed all on campus Accuplacer placement testing services through the end of May due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and our continued effort to keep our community safe. We are closely monitoring the situation and if circumstances allow, we may resume testing sooner than June. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please still fill out the form at the bottom of the page for June dates.
Where do I start?
Before being admitted to EMCC, you will be asked to submit your SAT, ACT and/or Accuplacer test scores. To ensure your academic success, EMCC will use the scores in conjuction with your academic background, goals, and interests, to determine which courses you take when you start your first semester.
Do I need Accuplacer testing?
Unless noted otherwise on your Enrollment Checklist, you are required to take the Next Generation Accuplacer Exam prior to course registration. Students who have appropriate transfer credit or SAT/ACT scores may be exempt from taking the placement assessment or certain sections of it. You should be prepared to spend up to four hours (two for English and two for math) to complete this very important step in the enrollment process. (For most examinees, the average testing time is between one and 2 hours for all sections.) Because class schedules are prepared on a first-come, first-served basis, students who complete this assessment early will have more choices and better scheduling options.
What do my test scores mean?
Based on the results of this assessment, you may be required to successfully complete math and/or English courses that are not part of your program’s curriculum. As a result, you may be required to extend the length of your program to better prepare for your program-specific courses. This means that enrollment in program-specific/technology courses may be delayed by as much as one year. Again, the sooner you take the exam, the sooner the College can assist you with remediation options; some of which could reduce or eliminate the need to take additional coursework or extend the length of your program; thus saving you valuable time and money. Further, recommendations for course placement vary depending on your program of study and the math requirements of the curriculum. If you change your program of study, course placement may change as well. Questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to the Admissions Office.
Where can I take the Accuplacer?
EMCC offers Accuplacer testing on the Bangor campus in Katahdin Hall, Room 310 (third floor).
You may also take the test at the Katahdin Area Higher Education Center in East Millinocket Center.
Other non-EMCC sites that offer Next Generation Accuplacer exams may be considered as well.
What do I need to do before I take the test?
Before the test be sure to submit any SAT or ACT scores. You should also prepare to the test by using the following resources:
- Collegeboard Free Practice Materials
- Khan Academy Practice Materials
- Plato Practice Testing (Contact Admissions for more information about this no cost online tutorial.)
What should I expect on the day of the test?
You should show up 15 minutes prior to the start time and bring a photo ID. Be prepared for one hour of testing PER unit.
If you show up late, without payment (if applicable) or without an ID, you will be asked to reschedule.
If, after taking the test, you wish to retest, you will be required to complete some form of remediation prior to being approved for a retake. Remediation could include the Plato course, Khan Academy online coursework, an EMCC developmental course, documented tutoring, or an approved self-study program. Speak with an advisor for more information. Retakes will not be scheduled until remediation has been completed and/or approved by an advisor.
Schedule your Placement Assessment
If you take this exam during open registration, you will meet with an academic advisor upon completion of the exam to discuss what your test scores mean and together, you and the advisor can create an educational pathway. If you take the exam outside of the open registration period, you are still advised to discuss your test scores with an academic advisor to discuss course scheduling options as well as options for remediation prior to the beginning of the semester in which you plan to enroll. Ready to schedule a date for your exam?
Services for Students with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability which requires accommodation, and you are completing your placement assessment at EMCC, you must fill out an Accuplacer Accommodation Request Form before the date of your placement assessment and advising session in order for us to make appropriate accommodations. Submit the completed form along with supporting documentation to Brian Doore, Dean of Students.
Click here to go to the Disability Services page for more information.
Placement Test Resources