Accuplacer Examination

The Examination


All incoming students in the Massachusetts Public College system are required 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 as well as by academic advisors and counselors to determine a student's course selection.

All students (including transfer students) entering the Academy are required to take the Accuplacer Examination administered by the Academy, regardless of whether they have taken the examination elsewhere.

For incoming MMA students, The Accuplacer examination consists of three 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.
  • The Reading Comprehension test presents students with 20 questions about text passages and the relationships 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 Office and verify eligibility prior to the examination.

Scheduling the Accuplacer


Spring Admission
Spring Accuplacer testing is conducted during orientation. Students are not required to schedule testing prior to arrival for orientation.

Fall Admission
Incoming Fall Freshmen must register for an Accuplacer exam session and uniform fitting. Those living over 100 miles from the Academy may be eligible to take the Accuplacer at an approved alternative location. 

You must have an appointment to take the test. You will not be tested without an appointment.

How to register: Incoming Fall students should login and register for an exam session at the link below. Doing so requires MMA login credentials, which are not provided until incoming students deposit. Once a student deposits, it may take up to five (5) business days before these credentials are set up.

When to arrive: Students must show up on time. Any students who are tardy when the test begins will not be permitted to enter the testing area. 

Where to report: Students should report to the first floor lobby of the American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons.

What to bring: Students must present an original, valid photo ID at the testing location in order to take the examination. Personal calculators are not permitted during this test except when indicated by a documented learning disability. A $500 non-refundable deposit will be needed at the bookstore at the time of the fitting.