Any student admitted into a program at Manchester Community College will be required to take placement tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics prior to registering for classes. Students who are not applying to a program are still encouraged to take the test to meet course prerequisites as well as maximize opportunities for success.
Assessment / Placement Testing
The goal of placement testing is to identify areas of strength and weakness so that appropriate course placements can be made. MCC uses Accuplacer, which was developed by the College Board. Non-matriculated students may be required to take the Accuplacer exam.
The purpose of Accuplacer tests is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in the above areas. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection. Students who are not applying to a program are still encouraged to take the test to meet course prerequisites as well as maximize opportunities for success.
You can not "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
Any student who has taken an Accuplacer and has scores that are more than three years old must take the placement test again. If you have any questions please review the latest Academic Catalog.
If you are an online student and need to take the Accuplacer at another location/site please bring/send in your results to the Academic Success Center for evaluation.
An Accuplacer test can be started between the following times at the main MCC campus in the Academic Success Center:
Hours for Testing Start Times
- Monday - Thursday, 9am - 4pm
- Friday, 9am - 1pm
- Saturday 9am - 12pm during Fall and Spring Semester (please call 603-206-8140 for Saturday availability)
The Accuplacer Test may be taken on a drop-in basis. No appointment needed. See above for available times to take the test.
- The test takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.
- The cost of taking the Accuplacer is $20.
- Payment will be taken at the Bursar's Office.
- Please show the receipt to the Academic Success Center staff at the time you plan to take the test.
- Bring two forms of ID including a picture ID (such as a driver's license) to the assessment.
Accuplacer Testing Forms
For more information on Accuplacer visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer
For information about the College Board visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/about
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Manchester Community College is also a College Level Exam Program (CLEP) testing center. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States today, helping students of a wide range of ages earn credit for what they already know, regardless of how that knowledge was acquired. By receiving a satisfactory score, students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree for each CLEP exam taken, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university.
Please bring in 2 forms of identification (one must be a photo ID such as a driver's license or passport) with you on the day of the exam. The administrative fee for taking CLEP is $25.00, made payable to "Manchester Community College". The cost of the CLEP test is $80.00, payable by check or credit card to "CLEP." CLEP exams are scheduled no more than one month in advance.
Hours for CLEP Testing Times
- Fridays by appointment
To schedule an appointment for a CLEP exam, please contact:
Academic Success Center
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