Placement Testing

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 middle of June due to COVID-19 restrictions and our continued effort to keep our community safe. We are closely monitoring the situation and if circumstances allow, we may resume in mid-June. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Tentative on campus test dates are listed at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to schedule an Accuplacer test remotely, using video conferencing technology like ZOOM, please contact Stacy Green at to request this option.

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:

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?

Accuplacer (Next Generation) Placement Exam Schedule

  • If you are requesting to test for another institution and you are NOT planning to enroll at EMCC, please indicate that in this field.
  • Please indicate the program of study that you have been admitted to OR if you have been asked to test before a decision can be made, what program are you applying to?
    The fee for retesting is currently $6 for Reading/Writing, $6 for Arithmetic/QRAS, or $12 for all four sections. Students for whom testing was waived are charged a testing fee if they choose to take the exam. Fees are due on the day of the exam.
  • Before a retest will be approved, it is important for us to know what steps you have taken to refresh/improve your skills in the subject area(s) for which you are taking this exam.
    If you have been asked to take this exam in order to determine course placement, refer to the materials you received with your acceptance letter. Some individuals are exempt from all or certain sections of the exam based on transfer credit and/or SAT/ACT scores.

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 before the date of your placement assessment session in order for us to make appropriate accommodations.

Click here to go to the Disability Services page for more information and to complete the online fillable form to request accommodations.


Placement Test Resources

ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App (Free)

Study Guide I for the Accuplacer Placement Test

Self-help Guide for Preparing for the Accuplacer

Accuplacer Sample Questions