MCC Placement Test

Who Should Take a Placement Test? 

Placement testing is only required for students interested in Nursing or Respiratory Therapy programs, as well as some Early College and High School Dual Enrollment programs. Placement testing is not required for students going into other programs at MCC. Click here for more information about MCC’s course placement process.

For additional help choosing your classes, please contact the Counseling and Advising Center at (231) 777-0362 or, or click here. for more information about connecting with an MCC Counselor.


Schedule Placement Test Appointment

Appointments for all tests are required. To schedule an appointment for the MCC placement test, please email or call (231) 777-0394. If making an appointment by email, please include your name, phone number, MCC student ID number, birthdate, and ACT/SAT scores and date taken, and indicate that you are interested in making an appointment to take the placement test.

Note: Arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your test. If you arrive late, we will need to reschedule you for a later date/time. If you do not complete your test 15 minutes prior to the Testing Center closing time, you will be required to schedule another appointment to return and complete your test.


Placement Testing Hours

Monday/Thursday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. by appointment as needed)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon


Schedule a Remote Test (Outside of Muskegon)

If you are planning to attend MCC but do not currently live in Muskegon, you can schedule to take the MCC Placement test at a remote test site. To do so, please contact the MCC Testing Center either by email at or by calling (231) 777-0394 to setup your Remote Test Registration at another college in your area.

If you live in Muskegon but are planning to attend another college or university that requires the Accuplacer Placement test, you can schedule to take the test here at MCC. You must first contact the Testing/Placement Office at the college or university where you are planning to attend and ask to be registered for a Remote Test at Muskegon Community College. You will receive an email with a Registration Number and instructions on how to make your testing appointment at MCC. There is a $25 fee for all non-MCC students.


Review Material for MCC Placement Testing

Please review the following material before taking the MCC Placement tests:

Click here to register for and access free practice tests and/or to download sample question PDFs


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCC Placement Test?
The placement test is a computer-based test named Accuplacer, which is used to place you in classes that match your abilities. The Accuplacer test is a series of tests that will measure your level in reading, writing skills and math skills. You cannot fail the placement tests; they are used to help determine your starting point at MCC.

How long does it take to complete the placement tests?
The total test (Reading, Sentence Skills, and Math) takes approximately two (2) hours to complete.

What will I need to take the test?

  • All students taking the MCC Placement test should first apply to MCC and have a processed College Application on file with MCC (this means you should have an MCC student ID number). This step must be completed first, so that the Testing Center staff can enter your scores in your MCC student record after you complete the test.
  • Anyone who is not an MCC student (does not have an MCC student ID number) will be charged a $25 fee to take the MCC Placement Test. If you wish for MCC to send your test scores to another college, organization, or company, you must complete the Authorization to Release Test Information.
  • The MCC Placement Test is taken on the computer. We provide pencils and scrap paper.
  • Some math questions allow the use of calculator, and some do not.  When a calculator is allowed, students will have access to an online calculator within the testing system.  Students cannot use a separate calculator other than the one within the testing system.

How will I get my scores?
Immediately after you finish taking the MCC Placement Test, you will receive a copy of your results.

Can I retake the placement test? 
If necessary, students may retake the MCC Placement Test one time. A 24-hour waiting period is required between initial test and retest. This is for all three portions of the test. If a student has taken any portion of the test two times, the student will need permission from an MCC Counselor to take that portion a third time. If a student takes the MCC Placement test more than twice without counselor permission, the results may be declared null and void.