Process and Procedures

Students Exempted from Testing

If you have official or unofficial college transcripts or score reports, you may be able to be exempted from the College’s placement test. All score reports are valid for five (5) years. College transcripts do not expire. 

If you are exempt from taking a test or tests, you must submit your college transcripts or score reports to the Testing Center. You may mail these transcripts to the College’s Testing Centers (Central Campus: 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422; West Campus: 101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464), or you may hand deliver them to the College’s Testing Centers (Central Campus: Student Success Center in College Hall; West Campus: Student Success Center in South Hall).

Students Needing to Placement Test

Before you come to the Testing Center

  1. Apply to the College. In 5-7 days, you will receive an acceptance letter and your Student ID.
  2. Prepare for the placement test.
  3. Prepare to go to the testing center. Bring the following items with you.
    • Montgomery County Community College Student ID number
    • Photo ID
    • A pencil or pen

When you arrive at the Testing Center

  1. Notify the proctor of your testing requirements. Let one of the proctors know you are there for placement testing and which tests you are required to take.
  2. Answer proctor’s questions. The proctor will ask you some questions to make sure we can give you the tests.
  3. Sign a form and show proctor your Student ID. When the proctor asks you to do so, you will sign in and fill out a form. You will need your Student ID number to do this.
  4. Get testing instructions. The proctor will give you instructions for the test and will direct you to a computer inside the Testing Center.

During the Tests

  • Accept the test’s terms and conditions. At the computer, you will be asked to read and accept the terms of the test as stated by the College Board and AccuPlacer. You must accept the terms to take the tests.
  • Enter personal information. Then you will fill out some personal information to create a test record. This allows a record of your scores to be filed with AccuPlacer and the College. You will need to provide your college student ID number again.
  • Learn how the test works. The test will teach you how to take it—in other words, instruction pages will come up telling you how the buttons work, etc. You will notice a “View Tutorial” button on the top left of your screen. This contains information on how to use the mouse and keyboard, and how to take a multiple choice test—basic information that might help those unfamiliar with either computers or multiple choice tests.
  • Review sample questions. Some sample questions will come up before each section so that you get an idea of how the questions work. The sample questions give you the answer; however, on the real test, the computer will not give you the answers!
  • One question will come up at a time. This means you cannot go back to change an answer—every answer is final once you confirm it. You will have the chance to confirm, so if you change your mind, you can fix it then.
  • How long are the tests? The reading, writing, and math tests are untimed. Your time on the test depends on your knowledge of the subject matter, but the three tests take, on average, approximately 2-3 hours to complete.
  • Do I have to take all the tests at one time? No, you do not have to take all three tests at once. Taking the tests with a break between sometimes helps students focus and relax. Please let the proctor know if you do not want to take all of your tests at one time.
  • Know when you’re done. You have finished the test when it asks for a password—get your proctor to enter the password.

After the Tests

  • Meet with an advisor: You will meet with an advisor who will explain your results to you and help you decide which courses you should take.
  • Retest: If you are not satisfied with your test results, you are able to retest once on each test. This should happen before the start of a semester or term. We highly encourage you to prepare for the retest—preparation information can be found at Prepare for the Placement Tests.

Some things you should keep in mind.

The test is adaptive. This means that depending on your answer, the test adapts, or changes, to fit your knowledge. That way, the test figures out what you know and what you still have to learn; this is how placement is determined.

You can’t fail a placement test. There are no points or grades. The test simply places you in the appropriate classes where you can be successful.

Don’t be afraid to ask a proctor questions if you have them. During the test, directions are repeated for every test question. If you have questions about taking the test (questions about test functions, not content), ask the proctor. As soon as you finish the test, your proctor will print your results. You will then meet with an advisor who will explain your results to you and help you decide which courses you should take.

Items Banned from Testing Center

  • Calculators or electronic devices with calculator mode (scratch paper is available in the Testing Center)
  • Food, beverages, gum, candy
  • Cell phones (must be turned off )
  • Outerwear such as hats, gloves, coats, jackets, vests, book bags, etc.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The writing, reading, and math placement tests are untimed for all students. Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations, other than extended-time, should contact the Director of Disability Services at the Blue Bell Central Campus Disability Services Center at 215-641-6575 or the Coordinator of Disability Services at the Pottstown West Campus Student Success Center at 610-718-1853. For all accommodations (including extended-time) for retesting, please contact the Director or Coordinator.