Placement Testing – Accuplacer

Students testing at computers

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

Steps to the College Placement Test. . .


  1. Prepare for the Test
  2. Take the Test
  3. Attend a SMART Start Event

About the Test

Placement Test Brochure
The Placement Test is delivered by computer using Accuplacer, a series of placement tests provided by College Board.
The test is divided into five sections:

  1. Essay
  2. Sentence Skills
  3. Reading
  4. Arithmetic
  5. Algebra (Students with a high enough score will advance to a sixth section, College-Level Math)

Please make note of the following:

  • The Essay has a 50-minute time limit, all other sections are not timed
  • You must answer every question when it is first given, and may not skip any questions or go back later to change an answer
  • Pencils and scrap paper are provided
  • The test provides a calculator for some math problems (You may not use your own calculator)


Placement testing is available at the Gardner, Leominster, and Devens campuses. Each campus has a separate schedule. Students testing for MWCC must have already been accepted to the college. Call ahead if testing for a different school (by appointment only).

Gardner Campus

  • WalkIn Testing:  Monday–Friday 8:30AM–1PM
  • Tuesday Evenings by Appointment:  Use the Testing Appointment Calendar or call 978-630-9244 or 978-630-9220.

Leominster Campus

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 1PM by Appointment:  Call to schedule: 978-630-9813 or 978-630-9812

Devens Campus


Preparing for the Test

Students should review study materials prior to testing. Download the FREE Accuplacer web-based study app which includes the following features:

  • Sample Tests that help you experience the types of questions to be asked on test day
  • “Learn As You Go” feature that provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes an explanation for the correct response
  • Save your work-in-progress and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weakness
  • 6 months of access

Download our practice handouts

Essay Reading Sentence Skills Arithmetic Algebra

Study materials for College-Level Math are included on the College Board’s Accuplacer study guide and web app. (Go to College Board’s website.)

Taking the Test

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.
  • No food, beverages, electronic devices, or other personal items are allowed in the testing room.
  • You will not receive your test scores immediately after the test.  Score reports are only given after a retest.

Friends and family may not accompany students into the testing room.  Anyone not testing, including parents and children, must wait outside Testing Services. Read more information regarding guest/visitor policies.

For details on MWCC’s retest policy please refer to the Catalog.  Same day retests are not allowed.


Register for a mandatory SMART Start event after you have completed the Placement Test. You will meet with an Advisor about your test scores, course placement, and register for classes.  You may also contact the Advising Center by phone at 978-630-9109 or in-person in room 125.

Students in Dual Enrollment, Gateway, and Pathways programs do not attend SMART Start.

Test Scores

Requesting Scores from MWCC
Test scores will not be given to anyone other than the actual test taker without written consent from the test taker, or 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 to Include 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 an MWCC email account, you may complete and sign the Accuplacer Score Request form and fax to 978-630-9278 or scan and email to
  • Scores may also be released by request from a designee (such as a parent or spouse) listed on a FERPA (Family Educational Right to Privacy Act) waiver form. If you have not completed a form and would like to, or want to make changes, contact the Records office at 978-630-9106.

Sending Scores to MWCC from Another School
If you took Accuplacer at a different school and would like for MWCC to have the scores, you must contact the other school to request the score report be sent directly to Testing Services at MWCC.

  • Score reports will only be accepted if sent directly to MWCC Testing Services from the other school.  Scores are not valid if more than 3 years old.  You should discuss your scores with an Advisor.
  • Schools may send Accuplacer score reports to Testing Services by fax:  978-630-9278 or email to

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

To request reasonable accommodations for testing, please contact Student Services at 978-630-9855 prior to scheduling the test.


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.