Placement Testing

Accuplacer Placement Assessment, Advising, and Class Scheduling

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. 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 campus in Maine Hall Room 125. You may also take the test at the East Millinocket Center.

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, please bring a photo ID. Be prepared for 2-3 hours of testing.

If you show up late or without an ID, you will be asked to reschedule.

If, after taking the test, you wish to retest, you will need to wait 2 weeks and successfully complete Plato before you retest.

Schedule your Placement Assessment

If you test 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 test 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 for?
    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 Form and submit it to Brian Doore, Dean of Students and submit the form before the date of your placement assessment and advising session in order for us to make appropriate accommodations.

Click here to go to the Disability Services page for more information.


Placement Test Resources

ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App (Free)

LearningExpress Library

Study Guide I for the Accuplacer Placement Test

Self-help Guide for Preparing for the Accuplacer

Accuplacer Sample Questions