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Accuplacer Examination

The following information should answer your questions about the Accuplacer examination. Please take a few minutes to read and familiarize yourself with this information.

The Examination

All incoming students in the Massachusetts Public College system are mandated by the Department of Higher Education to take the Accuplacer examination. This online assessment and placement tool is used throughout the Commonwealth by institutions of higher education to place incoming students in courses appropriate for their level of academic preparedness. The Accuplacer examination provides students with useful information about their academic skills in English, mathematics, and reading. The results of the examination, in conjunction with a student's background, goals, and interests, are used by the MMA registrar and by academic advisors and counselors to determine a student's course selection.

For incoming MMA students, The Accuplacer examination consists of three separate tests: College-Level Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and WritePlacer.

  • The College-Level Mathematics test presents students with 20 questions that assess proficiency in intermediate algebra through pre-calculus. Personal calculators are not permitted during this test except when indicated by a documented learning disability. Students scoring below 40 on this test should consult the following link for more information on their options prior to attending MMA: Mathematics Score.
  • The Reading Comprehension test presents students with 20 questions about text passages and about the relationship between sentences.
  • The WritePlacer test is the only timed test in the series, allowing 60 minutes for completion. The test evaluates the quality of a student writing sample produced during the time allotted.

The Accuplacer examination usually takes between 1 1/2 and 3 hours.

Students with learning disabilities who require special accommodations must contact the Disability Compliance Officer and verify eligibility prior to the examination.

Scheduling the Accuplacer

2014 Fall Admission:

Most incoming students will take the examination on the MMA campus on the day of their uniform fitting. The testing and fitting schedule is maintained by the MMA Bookstore. Seating for the Accuplacer examination is coordinated through the bookstore so that students can complete the examination before or after the uniform fitting. The MMA Bookstore can be reached at (508) 830-6488. When staff members are unavailable to answer the telephone, it is very important that each caller leave a message. Failure to leave a message will delay the process. No other campus personnel will schedule Accuplacer testing or uniform fittings. All scheduling inquiries will be referred to the bookstore.

The bookstore will assign students a testing time on the date of the uniform fitting. For the current academic year, fittings and testing are scheduled on the following dates:

  • 5 April
  • 12 April
  • 23 April
  • 25 April
  • 26 April
  • 3 May

All students scheduled for testing should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the test on the first floor of the ABS Information Commons. Note: Students must bring a photo ID to the testing location in order to take the Accuplacer examination.

Offsite Testing

Students who do not visit MMA for a uniform fitting and who live more than 100 miles from campus may be eligible for an offsite examination. Offsite testing will begin in early April. For information regarding offsite testing click here: Offsite Testing.

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last updated 4-10-14 by mpatrick@maritime.edu