College Readiness for Courses: The Placement Process

Mount Wachusett Community College requires students to demonstrate  college readiness before beginning credit level courses. Students may demonstrate readiness via their final high school GPA, equivalency exams, transfer credit, or the Accuplacer placement test.

  • The Accuplacer placement test is offered on the Gardner, Leominster, and Devens campuses. For information about testing on a specific campus, or for Testing Services contact information, please check here.
  • Admissions staff is excited to help you navigate through the enrollment process. To speak to staff about applying to MWCC and next steps, check here or call 978-630-1110.
  • Advising staff is available to assist accepted students as they determine course placement and registration. To speak to an advisor, check here or call 978-630-9109.

 

 MULTIPLE MEASURES & ACCUPLACER

  • Students with a final high school GPA of 2.7 or higher from within the past 10 years are ready for ENG 101
  • Students with a final high school GPA of 2.7 or higher from within the past 3 years are ready for college level Math
  • Students with appropriate AP, CLEP, and/or DSST scores do not need to sit for the placement test and instead will receive college credit
  • Students who have successfully completed college level English and/or math courses may be eligible to receive transfer credit
  • Accuplacer placement testing is available for students who do not place into courses via high school GPA, equivalency exam(s), and transfer credit
    • Once tested, students can access their Accuplacer score report via the Accuplacer Student Portal 
    • Note: Students with Classic Accuplacer scores should speak to an MWCC advisor to determine placement. The Classic Accuplacer test expired in January 2019, but MWCC will accept appropriate scores for 3 years. 

 

ENGLISH PLACEMENT VIA ACCUPLACER

Next Generation Accuplacer English consists of 2 sections, Essay and Reading. Details on study materials and  test content can be found here.

  • The Essay section permits 50 minutes for students to answer a writing prompt and is scored 0-8
  • The Reading section consists of 20 un-timed multiple choice questions and is scored 200-300
  Reading   Essay
Refer to non-credit options Reading < 236 and/or Essay 0-2
RDG 098 237-244  
ENG 098     3
ENG 097 (3 cr)/ENG 101 237-244 and 4
ENG 097 (1 cr)/ENG 101 Transitions 245+ and  4
ENG 101 245+ and 5+

Course placement details:

  • RDG 098 and ENG 098 are each 3 credit courses designed to build skills in Reading and Writing, respectively. Students who place into either of these classes are also required to take FYE 101 (First Year Experience) as a co-requisite. RDG 098 is not to be taken concurrently with ENG 097 (3 credit)/ENG 101, students with a 237-244 Reading score and a 4 Essay need only take ENG 097/ENG 101.
  • ENG 097 (3 credit)/ENG 101 is a 6 credit course pairing intended for students whose placement indicates a need for additional reading assistance. ENG 101 is a transferable college level course.
  • ENG 097 (1 credit)/ENG 101 is a 4 credit course pairing intended for students whose placement indicates a need for additional writing assistance. ENG 101 is a transferable college level course.
  • ENG 101 is a 3 credit course intended for students who test directly into college level work.

MATH PLACEMENT VIA ACCUPLACER

Next Generation Accuplacer Math consists of 1-2 sections, QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics) and AAF (Advanced Alegebra and Functions). Details on study materials and test content can be found here.

  • The QAS section consists of 20 un-timed multiple questions and is scored 200-300
  • The AAF section consists of 20 un-timed multiple questions and is scored 200-300, students showing a high level of proficiency in QAS may be automatically directed to this section of the test

Note: Personal calculators are not permitted during the test. A calculator will pop up on screen for questions where one is permitted. 

QAS AAF
MAT 092

Branching to 126 or 140

Branching to 143 or 162

 

200-261

200-249

MAT 093/MAT 143

MAT 097/ MAT 162

250-267
MAT 126

MAT 140

262+
MAT 143

MAT 162

268+
MAT 163 237-262
MAT 211 263+

Course placement details:

  • MAT 092 is a 4 credit course for students whose placement testing indicates a need for additional arithmetic and basic algebra assistance. Placement is further determined by the student’s intended major and required college level math course.
  • MAT 093/MAT 143 is a 4 credit course pairing for students whose placement testing indicates a need for additional support in Statistics. MAT 143, Statistics, is a transferable college level course.
  • MAT 097/MAT 162 is a 6 credit course pairing for students whose placement testing indicates a need for additional support in Functions and Modeling. MAT 162, Functions and Modeling, is a transferable college level course
  • MAT 126 (Topics in Math) and MAT 140 (Elements of Math) are each 3 credit college level math courses.
  • MAT 143 (Statistics) is a 3 credit college level math course.
  • MAT 162 (Functions and Modeling) is a 4 credit college level math course.
  • MAT 163 (Pre-Calculus) and MAT 211 (Calculus) are each 4 credit college level math courses.