Our Services

General Policies

Tests are offered up to an hour before we close. Students taking tests after that period will be allowed to continue until 5 – 10 minutes before we close. Allow yourself enough time to finish your testing.

Only approved test materials will be allowed in the testing rooms. We provide lockers with programmable locks to store your items. Drinks are not allowed in the testing rooms, but you are free to step out of the testing room to visit your locker or the water fountains.

A photo ID is required for all testing.



ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test used for course placement into English, reading and math courses. It is a computerized test with no time limit. The questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This adaptive technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Since the test is untimed you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question or come back to it later to change your answer.

The three tests we use for placement testing are:

The Next-Generation Writing test is a broad-spectrum computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ developed ability to revise and edit a range of prose texts for effective expression of ideas and for conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). All passages are commissioned—that is, written specifically for the test—so that “errors” (a collective term for a wide range of rhetorical and conventions-related problems) can more effectively be introduced into them. Questions are multiple choice in format and appear as parts of sets built around a common, extended passage; no discrete (stand-alone) questions are included. In answering the questions, test-takers must determine the best revision or editing decision in a particular case (or that no change should be made to the passage as originally presented). Two broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Expression of Ideas (development, organization, effective language use)
  • Standard English Conventions (sentence structure, usage, and punctuation)

The Next-Generation Reading test is a broad-spectrum computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ developed ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/ explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). Both single and paired passages are included. The test pool includes both authentic texts (previously published passages excerpted or minimally adapted from their published form) and commissioned texts (written specifically for the test). Questions are multiple choice in format and appear as both discrete (stand-alone) questions and as parts of sets of questions built around a common passage or passages. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:  

  • Information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
  • Rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments)
  • Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts)
  • Vocabulary The test is 20 – 25 multiple choice questions.

The Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics placement test is a computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on a range of topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability and set notation, and interpreting graphical displays. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format and appear discretely (stand alone) across the assessment. The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed: Rational numbers Ratio and proportional relationships.

  • Exponents
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications
  • Probability and sets
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Geometry concepts

Retesting: You are allowed to retake the placement tests under certain circumstances. Please consult the course placement chart for details.

Testing for other colleges: Students taking ACCUPLACER tests for another college will have to make an appointment. Please make sure you know which tests you need as well as a contact for us to send the results to. A $25 proctoring fee is required.

CELSA - English as a Second Language

CELSA is a paper and pencil test and is used for course placement into the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for both English and Reading. This test takes 45 minutes to complete and consists of 75 multiple choice questions. The test is written only and does not include a listening or spoken portion. The scores and recommended course placement are given to the student immediately upon test completion.

The test involves reading a conversation or other paragraphs and choosing the correct word to complete the story or conversation.

Answers are marked on a Scantron form. Please make sure to fill in your answer completely and erase any mistakes thoroughly.

There are four levels of ESL classes and your score on the CELSA test will determine which level is best for you.


The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. The list of accepted CLEP test scores is available in the College Catalog.

All the CLEP tests are Internet-based. The language tests involve listening to a native speaker and require the use of headphones that we supply. CLEP tests are generally 90 minutes, however the college composition tests can take longer.

To sign up for a CLEP test, please register at clep.collegeboard.org. Then you can call the Southern & Dobson Testing Center to set up an appointment. We will ask for the ticket number on your receipt.

There is an $87 fee due at the time of registration, and an additional $25 fee due when you arrive to take your CLEP test.

Faculty Make-up Exams

Services are available for students who need to make-up an instructor's exam due to illness or personal conflicts. Faculty members complete an 'Instruction for Exam Administration' form available in either the Testing Center, their department office, or via the Internet.  

Download the Instruction for Exam Administration form here.

Tests are administered according to the faculty instructions. Due to space and staff limitations, it is not possible to accommodate entire classes for testing or large groups of students who need to retest. Faculty must coordinate with their department office for a substitute if necessary. Completed faculty exams are picked up from the Testing Center by the instructor for grading.

Please drop off exams 24 to 48 hours in advance.

GED/ High School Equivalency (HSE)

The GED test is a high school equivalency examination developed by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. The credential received for passing the test is widely recognized by colleges, training schools and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.

GED testing has five sections: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reasoning Through Language Arts, and Civics. Each section will take between 90 and 150 minutes. If you are taking multiple sections, you are allowed a small break between each section. The first four sections cost $35, while the Civics section costs $9.

You must create an account on MyGED to register for the test and set up your appointments. You cannot take all five sections in one day; you will have to sign up for multiple days. Both the Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain campuses offer GED testing.

If you are 16 or 17, you can register on MyGED but will not be able to sign up for testing. Please bring the following with you to the Red Mountain or Southern & Dobson campus Testing Center where we can assist you:

  • An official withdrawal from school letter or form signed by a school superintendent, and
  • A notarized letter of consent signed by a parent or legal guardian giving permission

We require an official picture ID when you take the test.

GED Preparation

The GED to MCC Program offers classes to help students prepare for their GED. Visit the Outreach Center website for more information on how to register.

Finish Your Diploma can help you find free adult education classes in your area.

Preparation for the Civics section can be done online using the UCIS website:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services logo.

(Please note: The Southern & Dobson campus offers GED testing in addition to other Pearson VUE testing. Check the Pearson VUE website to see if your test is offered at Southern & Dobson).

Pruebas de GED también están disponibles en español.

Clases de GED están disponibles en español.

HESI A2 Entrance Exam for Nursing Program

Learn More at the Nursing Website


HESI A2 Please Note

Spring/Fall Start & Stop Times

Monday - Thursday:
8:00am to 1:00pm

Friday: 10:00am to 12:30pm

Closed on Fridays during the summer months.

Please Remember

Please call in advance.
No appointment,
Walk-in Only
Photo ID required
4-hour time limit

Detailed information about the Evolve Reach Nursing Admission Assessment Exam (HESI) is available on the nursing website.

(Please Note: If you are taking the HESI A2 test for another college outside of the Maricopa district, there will be an additional proctoring fee of $25 AND remember to take all the sections of the HESI A2 testing, including the science sections)

The HESI A2 exam is offered at Mesa Community College in the testing centers at both locations:

Southern & Dobson 
Building 38

Red Mountain
Mesquite Building

Please call the testing centers  for more information. A testing fee of $40.00 must be paid to the Cashier's office on the day of the exam. A copy of the paid receipt and a photo ID must be presented at the test locations to be eligible to take the HESI-A2 exam.

You are allowed 4 hours to complete the exam, create an Evolve account and pay the cashier.

Study for the HESI A2 exam here.

Testing for Colleges and Certifications

Proctoring of correspondence, eLearning, and certification exams are available by appointment only at our Southern and Dobson location. The proctoring fee is $25 for up to three hours. This testing is done by special arrangement. Please contact the Testing Center by email at testing@mesacc.edu or by phone at 480-461-7336 for more specific information.

Remote Testing

Are you looking for a testing center close to your home? The Consortium of College Testing Centers can help put you in touch with a college testing center. Contact one of the listed colleges to get information about placement testing for other colleges, proctored exam services for online classes or other testing needs. Prospective students from around the country can arrange to have their placement testing done in advance, close to home and then have the placement test results mailed or faxed to Mesa Community College, Testing Center. Any test results mailed or faxed to MCC must include the name of the student and Maricopa College student ID number. The test we will accept for course placement is ACCUPLACER.

Click here to find a CCTC participant near you.