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.

Tests

Are you looking for a testing center close to your home? The Consortium of College Testing Centers, sponsored by the National College Testing Association, 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.

The CCTC website can be found here.

ACCUPLACER

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:

Writeplacer: This test is used to place you in the appropriate English class. Writeplacer is a 300 – 600 word essay based on a randomly selected prompt. Please note that the test will show both a character count and a word count. Computer resources, such as dictionaries, spell checkers, or translators, are not allowed. We provide scratch paper and pencils if you would like to write down ideas.

Reading Comprehension: This test is used to place you in the appropriate reading class. CRE101 is a required course for all degree programs in Maricopa. However, a high score in this test will exempt you from taking the class. The test is 20 – 25 multiple choice questions.

Math: This test is used to place you in the appropriate Math class. There are three levels to the Math test: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Math.  By default, we will place you into the Elementary Algebra test. If you score highly, you will be automatically routed to the College Math portion. Because of the different levels, this test may have up to 40 questions. The test itself will provide a calculator for certain questions. If a calculator icon appears in the top right, you can click that icon to bring up a calculator.

Although there is no time limit, you can expect the three tests to take 90 minutes to 2 hours on average.

Results are provided as soon as you finish, and we will explain which classes your results place you in. There is no such thing as a “fail” score on these tests; the purpose is to place you into classes that are the best fit for your current skill level.

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 $20 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 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.

CLEP

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 computer 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 language tests can take longer.

To sign up for a CLEP test, please register at http://clep.collegeboard.com. Then you can call the Southern and Dobson testing center to set up an appointment. We will ask for the ticket number on your receipt.

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 Instructor blue sheet 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. 

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 four sections: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Each section will take between 90 and 150 minutes. If you are taking multiple sections, you are allowed a small break between each section. Each section costs $35.

You must create an account on MyGED to register for the test and set up your appointments. You cannot take all four sections in one day; you will have to sign up for multiple days.

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 campus testing center where we can assist you:

An official withdrawal from school letter or form signed by a school superintendent A letter of consent signed by a parent or guardian

We require two forms of official ID when you take the test. The names must match on both IDs.

MCC offers classes to prepare you to take the test.  Click here to learn more.

Pruebas de GED también están disponibles en español.

Clases de GED están disponibles en español.

HESI A2 Entrance Exam for Nursing Program

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HESI A2 Please Note

Spring & Fall Semesters
Mon -Thurs 8:30am-2:00pm
Friday 10:30am-1:00pm

Summer Hours :
Mon-Thurs 7:00am-2:00pm
Friday Closed

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 $20.00 AND remember to take all the sections of the HESI A2 testing, including the science sections)

The HESI A2 exam is offered at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain campus Mesquite Building, Enrollment Services located at Power Road & McKellips Road in East Mesa. Please call the Testing Services at Red Mountain for more information: 480-654-7811. A testing fee of $40.00 must be paid to the Cashier's office in advance. A copy of the paid receipt and a photo ID must be presented at the test location to be eligible to take the HESI-A2 exam.

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 $20.00 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, sponsored by the National College Testing Association, 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.

The CCTC website can be found here.