In order for the College to determine an admissions applicant’s level of academic skill, the applicant must submit at least one of the following:
- Official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) scores of 480 or higher. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the SATs, especially if their educational goals may include transferring to a four-year institution after Central Maine Community College.
- Prior success (grade C or better) in a college-level English or Math course at the 100 level or above, taken at an accredited institution.
- Central Maine Community College ACCUPLACER placement assessment in reading, writing, math, and algebra, or English as a Second Language (ESL). The College offers multiple free ACCUPLACER assessment sessions for CMCC applicants. Please call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (207) 755-5273 to schedule an assessment session.
Who is required to take the ACCUPLACER?
Applicants who do not have SAT scores of 480 or higher or have not completed college-level coursework in English or Math with a grade of C or better at an accredited institution will be required to complete the computerized ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment. The ACCUPLACER uses a series of standardized examination questions to assess the applicant’s basic academic skills and to assist with academic advising and placement in appropriate courses or services.
Does it cost anything to take the ACCUPLACER?
No. The ACCUPLACER is free to any CMCC admissions applicant.
When is the ACCUPLACER offered?
The ACCUPLACER is typically offered multiple times per week at the CMCC campus in Auburn. Please call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (207) 755-5273 to schedule an assessment session. Applicants are encouraged to arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the exam and will be required to reschedule for the next available testing day.
How long does the ACCUPLACER take to complete?
Only the WritePlacer section is timed; If you are required to complete all four portions of the assessment, the ACCUPLACER assessment may take as long as three and a half hours to complete.
Where is the ACCUPLACER offered?
The ACCUPLACER is offered multiple times during the week at the CMCC campus in Auburn. The assessment is also offered at our site in South Paris once a month. Assessments are also offered at our Franklin County location. When you contact our office to schedule, please let us know if you prefer the South Paris or Franklin County locations. Many high schools also offer the ACCUPLACER.
How do I sign up to take the ACCUPLACER?
Contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (207) 755-5273 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the ACCUPLACER.
I am a student with a disability. Can any accommodations be made?
If you have a documented disability and believe you are eligible for accommodations, please contact Laura Rifkin, Disabilities Coordinator, at (207) 755-5277 before scheduling to take the ACCUPLACER.
Is there any way I can practice for the ACCUPLACER?
The following websites are recommended for students who wish to practice before taking the assessment:
What types of questions are on the ACCUPLACER tests?
The following information is taken directly from the ACCUPLACER site at www.accuplacer.org:
Reading Comprehension – the Reading Comprehension test, composed of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.
Arithmetic – the Arithmetic test, composed of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of arithmetic questions: operations with whole numbers and fractions; operations with decimals and percents; and applications and problem-solving.
Elementary Algebra – the Elementary Algebra test, composed of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions: operations with integers and rational numbers; operations with algebraic expressions; and solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems.
WritePlacer – the WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered: Focus; Organization; Development and Support; Sentence Structure; and Mechanical Conventions.
What happens after I take the ACCUPLACER?
Based on the results of the ACCUPLACER assessment, one of the following will happen:
- The applicant will receive admission into their program choice (based on seating availability);
- The applicant will receive admission into their program choice (based on seating availability) and may be required to complete preparatory coursework in math and/or English at CMCC while taking other coursework;
- The applicant will be deferred from enrolling until additional preparatory coursework is successfully completed at an adult education center. The ACCUPLACER may be re-taken after the preparatory coursework has been completed and verified.
Am I allowed to re-take the ACCUPLACER?
Applicants are allowed to test twice for the semester for which they are applying. A two-week waiting period is required before taking the test a second time.