It’s important that your placement scores accurately represent your skills and knowledge. Below MCCC offers tools and resources to help you prepare for the tests. Sharpening your academic skills by answering sample test questions in reading, writing, and math can lead you to improve and can help boost your confidence when you take the actual tests.
The Official Web-Based Study App:
This Web-based study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills.
It’s accessible from any Internet-capable computer, and it will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions. Get Free App
Free ACCUPLACER Sample Questions:
This free PDF gives you examples of the types of questions you’ll see when you take the ACCUPLACER test. It is useful for some fast and simple preparation prior to taking the test. Download Free PDF
General Review of all Math Topics
(This site is not endorsed by MCCC or the Accuplacer College Board. However, students have found this review helpful in preparing for the placement tests.)
Photo ID is REQUIRED for academic tests
Students taking academic tests (any test or exam required by a course in which a student is enrolled at MCCC) are required to have their MCCC Student ID card, which must be presented to MCCC Testing Staff when checking in. Any student who does not present a valid, state issue/ MCCC
Student ID card will not be allowed to take any academic tests. We encourage students to obtain a MCCC ID card as soon as possible after they have registered for classes and carry it with them on any MCCC campus.
Personal property MUST be secured in lockers
No personal property (including, but not limited to books, notes, purses, bags, phones, pagers, PDAs) is allowed at the testing stations. All other possessions brought into the center must be secured in a locker, which requires a quarter. The quarter is returned when the locker is reopened. Change is not available from college staff, but change machines are located near some vending machines around the campus.
Examinees may not bring Food, Drink, Chewing Gum or Candy into the Center
Any other item or material which the MCCC staff determines to be a security risk, potentially disruptive or distracting for any reason is not allowed.
Student ID numbers are required
After you applied and paid your application fee, the Admissions office assigned you a student ID number to be used for registration and all tests. You may find this number on your schedule, by logging into your college email account, or by contact.
Your student ID number is also encoded in the barcode of your MCCC student ID card, which you are required to present when entering the Testing Staff for academic tests.
Monitoring, Academic Integrity, and Violations of the Rules
Students using the Testing Staff MUST consent to observation and surveillance during the time they are in the Testing Staff, which may include both audio and video recording. Any violation of Testing Staff rules, the Code of Conduct, or the Academic Integrity Policy will be documented & reported to your instructor and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Any notes or other unauthorized materials will be collected by Testing Staff and made available to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the instructor (for course-related tests), or other appropriate Academic Affairs or Student Services personnel.
The Testing Staff's rules have been established to ensure fairness in the reporting of examination results and to protect the integrity of the examination process. Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in the denial of access to, or expulsion from, the Testing Staff. Instances of suspected academic dishonesty will result in the initiation of disciplinary proceedings as outlined in the College's Code of Conduct. All such occurrences will be documented and reported to the instructor and/or responsible administrator. Breaking any Testing Staff rules is considered a violation of the College's Code of Conduct.
Only examinees are allowed in the Testing Staff
Friends, family, children, spouses, etc. are not permitted
Examinees may not leave the Testing Staff after testing has begun
Once an examination has been distributed, the student may not leave the room for any reason. If a medical condition exists which requires frequent use of restroom facilities, written permission must be obtained from Disability Support Services prior to an examination. Violation of this rule is considered academic dishonesty violation and will be treated and disciplined as such.
MCCC follows the suggested publisher guidelines regarding waiting periods between retakes and are more restrictive in that counselor intervention is needed. Meaning that, Only a counselor can authorize a retake. There are no additional current conditions identified that must be met. The following are the guidelines for retaking tests:
- Publisher (Accuplacer) guidelines:
Each placement test may be taken no more than two times in any semester and not more than three times in any two-year period. A fourth and final retest within the two-year period may be approved if deemed necessary if a District counselor determines it necessary, after consultation with the student.
All students entering MCCC for the first time (or after a 2-year absence) must take a General Placement Test prior to registration as part of the matriculation process mandated by the State of California Community College Chancellor's Office.
Do I HAVE to take a placement test?
All students must satisfy the placement test requirements unless:
They are not seeking a degree and plan to take courses that have no prerequisites or placement testing requirements in reading, writing or mathematics.
They have received a placement test waiver by submitting other assessment results.
They have taken relevant coursework at another college or university.
What test does MCCC administer?
MCCC (MCCC) uses College Board products including Accuplacer for general testing and for ESL testing.
Does MCCC accept/use placement test scores from other colleges within the State Center Community College District? (i.e., Fresno City College or Clovis Community College)
The type of placement test used and how it is interpreted vary between colleges within our district. MCCC (including the Oakhurst and Madera Centers), Fresno City College (FCC), and Clovis Community College (CCC) counselors will review test scores from within our district but additional measures may be needed to determine appropriate course placement. If this is the case, the counselor may ask a student to take the placement test specific to MCCC.
Does MCCC use placement test scores from other colleges outside the State Center Community College District?
The type of placement test used and how it is interpreted vary from college to college, therefore it is strongly recommended to schedule and take the placement test specifically aligned to the MCCC curriculum. You have the right to have your outside placement evaluated by a MCCC counselor; however, the counselor may still require that you take the MCCC placement test.
When is my test appointment?
Students may find out the date and time of their appointment by accessing eSARS, logging in using their MCCC ID # and 8 digit birth date, and selecting "View or Cancel Appointment".
What days and times does MCCC administer tests?
MCCC administers tests weekly. Students can check the Test Calendar to view a tentative calendar for the academic year or go to eSARS, log-in using their MCCC ID # and 8 digit birth date, and view the test dates/times available within the next 30 days.
What do my placement test scores mean?
Test result scores are used with other multiple measures to provide counselors information to assist students in selecting appropriate coursework. Therefore for interpretation of results is best explained by a counselor. To obtain a better understanding of how test result scores are used for each individual student, please schedule an appointment with a counselor on eSARS. Please note: MCCC placement test scores are not based out of 100 points.
Am I able to retake my placement tests?
Students may be eligible to retake the General Placement Test one time WITH COUNSELOR PERMISSION. (See Official Retake Policy)
Does MCCC provide test accommodations?
Testing accommodations are available for students with a verified disability. Please contact MCCC’s Disabled Students Programs and Services by calling (559) 675-4864 or visit DSP&S.
Does MCCC offer distance testing?
Yes. For special circumstances, arrangements may be made to take the placement test online at local community high schools. High school must be more than 100 miles away. Students will be required to locate and verify their own proctor. For more information please follow the directions here.
Does MCCC offer test proctoring for outside agencies/colleges/universities?
Due to test process and facility changes with MCCC’s test services, test proctoring for outside agencies/colleges/universities has been suspended at this time.
How do I obtain a printout of my Placement Test Scores?
Once the test is completed, all students are given a free printout of their placement test scores for their personal record. If needed, a student may obtain an additional printout of their placement test results, by accessing and logging into MCCC WebAdvisor: For questions about WebAdvisor access, username, or password, contact MCCC Admissions and Records at (559) 638-0323.
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