College Placement Test (CPT)

All first time MWCC students must take the CPT.  The results will help students to choose appropriately when registering for classes.

About the Test

Download our brochure:  MWCC CPT Brochure

The CPT is delivered by computer using Accuplacer, a series of placement tests provided by the College Board.

The test is divided into five sections:  Essay, Sentence Skills, Reading, Arithmetic, and Algebra.  The Essay has a 50 minute time limit, all other sections are not timed.

  • The format is user friendly.
  • The computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions.
  • You must answer every question when it is first given.
  • You cannot skip any questions or go back later to change an answer.
  • A pencil and scrap paper are provided.
  • The test provides a calculator for math problems.

Preparing for the Test

TAKE THIS TEST SERIOUSLY!  The results of your placement test may require you to take developmental courses. Developmental courses help you prepare for college-level courses required for a degree or certificate program. They will not count towards your program, and are not transferable to another college.

We encourage all students to review materials prior to testing.

Find resources on the Web, including sample tests, iPhone/Web apps, and study guides:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Download our practice handouts:


Download College Board’s Study Guide:  Accuplacer Study Guide

On Test Day

Plan on testing approximately 2-2.5 hours.  The length of the testing session will vary for each student.

  • A photo I.D. is required before the test can be administered.
  • Arrive about five minutes before the scheduled test time.
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be well rested
  • Materials other than those provided by Testing Services are not allowed.

Test Scores

You will find out your test scores and placement at Smart Start.  For information about Smart Start, go to

Test scores cannot be given to anyone other than the actual test taker without written consent from the test taker, and will not be given over the phone.

If you would like to request your scores, or have them sent somewhere else, you may send an email from your MWCC account with your name, MWCC ID # (or date of birth), your phone number, approximate test dates, the name of the recipient/institution, and the address, email, or fax where they should be sent.

Instead of using a MWCC email account, you may complete and sign this form and fax to 978-630-9278 or scan and email to      CPT Score Request Form

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

To meet the needs of students with documented disabilities that may be eligible for accommodations, the CPT is available in various formats (for example, Braille, audio, or enlarged screen print). Other appropriate accommodations (including a sign interpreter) may be available based on the documented disability. If you have a question or require an accommodation, please contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities prior to the test date, 978-630-9120, or stop by Room 139.


MWCC may use your test results for data collection and statistical analysis related to research. Your name will not be included in any research activity.

Mount Wachusett Community College seeks to provide equal educational and employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.