The assessment test is an essential part of the registration process. It is important for students to study and be prepared because the assessment scores help counselors place students into their proper Math, English, and Reading courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need an appointment to take an assessment?
    No, please refer to the assessment calendar for hours of operation.
  2. Where is the assessment center located?
    It is located in room 102 of the lower level of the Lesher Student Services Building.
  3. What do I need to bring with me?
    1. You need to bring your Merced College ID card (This is mandatory. Go to admissions and records to get your ID card before arriving to the assessment center).
    2. Bring high school transcripts and any other college transcripts you may have, test scores, your education plan, and any other records that are relevant to the issues you want to discuss.


General Information About the Assessment Test

Notes About the Assessment Test
  • Graduating Seniors: The Assessment may be offered at your local high school campus.
  • No appointment is necessary and there is no fee.
  • No children are allowed during assessment testing.
How does the assessment work?

The test questions are based on your responses to each question you answer. Since the assessment test is adaptive, questions increase or decrease in difficulty, depending on your answers, as you work through the test. The assessment test is untimed, so you can move at a comfortable pace. It’s important to give yourself enough time to do your best and complete the test since your results are the key factor in determining the courses you can take. Your results will be available immediately after you complete the assessment test.


Assessment Rules & Directions

Please read the following rules and directions in order to help you be successful while taking the exam.

  • Turn all electronic devices completely OFF (Not on Silent or Vibration Mode; i.e. cellphones) and place off the desk space.
  • If we see or hear your cell phone while taking the exam, you will be removed from testing, no questions asked.
  • No food or drinks are allowed by the computers – please place these items on the ground or take them outside to discard.
  • No talking during the exam
  • No dictionaries, translators, or other device aids
  • No calculators, except the calculator that will appear within the exam for your use on certain problems.
    • If you are caught using your cell phone calculator or pulling up the system calculator you will be removed from testing immediately
  • When you finish your exam or have a question, please remain seated and raise your hand
  • You can take breaks whenever you need/want, without asking permission. Simply, leave you student ID card on the keyboard, stand up and leave the room with all your materials left at your computer and return when you are done.
  • The test will begin with background questions. The first question is “Which test are you taking?” Make certain you choose “Merced College Placement Test.” The other choices you must have prior approval from a counselor.
  • Accuplacer/Placement Test is not a pass/fail test, it is used for placement only
  • Please take your time and do your best, since you are only allowed to take the test once and it will determine your placement into courses
    • If you do not feel well or have not studied adequately we suggest you return to test on another day
  • Three areas will be tested: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math
  • We provide scratch paper and a pencil to use during the math portion of the exam.
  • If you are not familiar with how to use a computer, there is a tutorial before you begin the exam.
  • The test you are about to take is online and multiple choice
  • You cannot leave any answers blank
  • Please make sure you double check your answers before you continue to the next question
    • Once the next question loads, the test will NOT allow you go to back to change any answers.

There are no time limits on the test. If you cannot complete the test, you can save it and return to complete it.


Assessment Placement Ranges

ACCUPLACER ENGL and MATH Placement Ranges (Valid April 13, 2017)
ENGL Cut-Off Scores
Sentence Skills Score
Reading Comprehension Score
> 96 - 120 
>70 - <96 
>42 - <70 
>54 - <81 
MATH Cut-Off Scores
Arithmetic Score
Elem Alg Score
CLM Score
>52 - <75 
MATH 10 et al
>41 - <52  
>87 - <108 
>30 - <41 
>64 - <87 
>36 - <64 
>43 - <68