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ACCUPLACER® - A Product of College Board

The ACCUPLACER test assesses students’ skill levels in writing, reading, and mathematics. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with a student’s program of study, are used by academic advisors to determine course selection and placement.

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your level of ability. Each multiple-choice test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question. The greater your demonstrated skill, the more challenging the questions will become.

This is not a pass/fail testing system!

Tell me about the tests that MPCC will be using*

*Mid-Plains Community College uses the Classic Test Version of ACCUPLACER® | Score Range for each multiple-choice test is a scale score of 20-120*

Reading Comprehension Test (20 questions) - Measures analytical and comprehensive reading skills and ability to effectively apply what has been read.

Sentence Skills Test (20 questions) - There are two kinds of questions given: Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a word or a phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence; Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning.

English course placement is based upon both the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills test scores.

Arithmetic Test (17 questions) - Measures the ability to perform basic operations and solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. (An Arithmetic test score is required for the following MPCC programs of study: Associate Degree Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, Dental Assisting, and the Applied Technology programs excluding the Electrical program.)

Elementary Algebra Test (12 questions) - Measures the ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. (This is the math test start-level for all students not pursuing the programs of study listed above under the Arithmetic Test description.)

College Level Math Test (20 questions) - Measures the ability to perform college-level algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve college-level algebraic concepts.

It is possible for a student beginning with the Elementary Algebra test to be routed down to Arithmetic questions or routed up to College Level Math questions.

It is possible for a student beginning with the Arithmetic test to be routed up to the Elementary Algebra test and College Level Math test.

How can I prepare for the tests?

It is recommended that the student review websites and/or materials that provide sample ACCUPLACER test questions prior to testing. This will help alleviate some test-taking anxiety and provide test familiarity.


The Official ACCUPLACER Study App:

Are accommodations available for students with disabilities?

A student with a documented disability(ies) may request that their testing be administered with accommodations. Please contact the MPCC Disability Services personnel, 308.535.3637, prior to testing, to discuss procedures for submitting documentation and accommodations that can be provided with the ACCUPLACER testing. A testing time will be scheduled after this initial discussion.

What else does the student need to know about their ACCUPLACER testing?

  • Please bring a photo ID to test.
  • Calculators, dictionaries, and other study materials are not allowed in the testing area.
  • Your Student ID will be your MPCC Student ID# assigned to you when your Admissions Application is completed; otherwise, your birthdate will be used.
  • Placement scores are valid for 3 years from the date of testing.
  • There is NO cost for your first testing session. A student may retake any or all of the subject tests at a fee of $5/subject. It is recommended that a student waits at least one day before retesting.
  • Testing can be scheduled at any of the MPCC campus locations.
  • Please direct questions to Career Services at 308.535.3618 or