Requirements for Testing at a Maricopa Testing Center
- Must have a Maricopa Enterprise Identification (MEID) and Student ID# (8-digits, starts with a 3)
- Current, valid photo identification, including valid Student ID’s is required. Some specialized test programs have very specific identification requirements.
- If you have attended high school within the last ten years, please bring a copy of your unofficial high school transcript that includes a cumulative, unweighted GPA.
- Please Note: Official high school and/or college transcripts will need to be sent directly to the Admissions Office from your high school or college (school-to-school) in a sealed envelope. Official transcripts are used for Financial Aid Eligibility and the transfer of college credit from other accredited institutions.
- New-to-college students can find step-by-step instructions on how to Become a Student at: https://www.maricopa.edu/become-a-student.
You can take your placement test at any of our sister colleges. Some Maricopa colleges require appointments, while others offer walk-in testing. Check individual college web sites for specific times.
- ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION
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.
- 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 GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. The credential received for passing the GED test is widely recognized by colleges, technical colleges and employers as an equivalent to a high school diploma.
The GED test has five sections: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reasoning Through Language Arts, and Civics. Each section will take between 90 and 150 minutes to complete. If you are taking multiple sections of the GED, you are allowed a small break between each section. Four of the GED sections cost $35 each. The Civics section will cost $9.
You must create an account on MyGED.com, create a personal profile, register for the five sections of the GED, select your appointment times and pay with a credit card. You cannot take all five sections in one day. A minimum of two days is needed to complete the GED. Both Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain campuses offer GED testing.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can create your account on MyGED.com, but you will get an ‘alert’ and not be able to schedule any of the test sections. You will come to the GED Testing Center at either Southern and Dobson or Red Mountain for an override.
You will need to bring with you:
- An official withdrawal from your high school, signed by a school official, indicating the reason for the ‘withdrawal’ was to take the GED exam.
- A notarized permission letter of consent, signed by a parent or legal guardian giving permission for the candidate to take the GED. Banks are normally notaries.
- Official, non-expired, photo identification of the GED candidate. Names must match the GED profile, exactly!
Once these items are provided, a GED Examiner will lift the hold and the GED candidate will get an email immediately; which will allow them to finish scheduling their GED test.
- An official withdrawal from your high school, signed by a school official, indicating the reason for the ‘withdrawal’ was to take the GED exam. A notarized permission letter of consent, signed by a parent or legal guardian giving permission for the candidate to take the GED. Banks are normally notaries.
- Once these items are provided, a GED Examiner will lift the hold and the GED candidate will get an email immediately; which will allow them to finish scheduling their GED test.
- Official, non-expired, photo identification of the GED candidate. Names must match the GED profile, exactly!
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.
Preparation for the Civics section can be done online using the UCIS website:
(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.
- HESI A2 Entrance Exam for Nursing Program
Learn More at the Nursing Website
Notes about HESI A2
By Appointment Only
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am and 12:30pm
Closed on Fridays during the summer months.
Remote Test Options only. No In-Person or On-Campus testing available at this time.
Detailed information about the Evolve Reach Nursing Admission Assessment Exam (HESI) is available on the nursing website.
- The HESI A2 exam is done by appointment only. The only test delivery option available is remote, done at home. No HESI A2 testing is being done on campus or in-person. We are testing for Maricopa College Nursing students only. Other college programs outside our system must find alternatives for the HESI A2 from their selected college
- PLAN AHEAD. We will not make an appointment until you have completed all the steps up to and including paying for the exam fee:
- Current appointment times are 8:30am and 12:30pm, Monday through Thursday
- You must have a computer with reliable and uninterrupted internet connection, a camera, and a workspace where you can take a remote proctored exam with no outside interruptions for a minimum of four hours. Your laptop must be powered during the testing session. No cell phone, tablet, ChromeBook, smartwatch or other electronic device is allowed. Click this link to complete the systems check of your computer:
- HESI System Check (If check fails, attached is troubleshoot information.
- ***If you have been approved for test accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact our Disability Resources Services department first.
- You must have a valid and readable state/federal/government issued ID with name and photo that match. We will also accept a current Maricopa College photo ID that includes your school ID number and current photo
- You must be admitted to a Maricopa Community College and have met most of the pre-requisite courses for the Nursing Program. You might have credit from another accredited college that must be transferred to Maricopa College System
- You need to know your Maricopa College Student ID Number (SID) and your MEID number. Update any records prior to testing (such as name change, address, etc.) through the Records Department at your parent school
- You must create an EVOLVE account, which will result in an EVOLVE username and password needed to take the HESI A2 exam. When creating your EVOLVE Account, please use your Maricopa Student ID number. It starts with a ‘3’ and contains eight numbers. Click this link to create EVOLVE account:
- If you have trouble with the link, search the web. Some browsers work better than others. Top right-hand corner of the page ‘Sign In’—this is where you create your EVOLVE account.
- Current cost for HESI A2 exam is $37.00 paid directly to Elsevier/Evolve using a credit or debit card. Use the same link: https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/ Sign into your account and make your payment.
- ONCE the above processes are complete:
- YOU HAVE AN EVOLVE ACCOUNT, YOUR KNOW YOUR MARICOPA MEID AND STUDENT ID, YOU HAVE DONE A COMPUTER SYSTEMS CHECK AND YOU HAVE PAID YOUR HESI A2 TEST FEE TO ELSEVIER/EVOLVE.
- EMAIL TESTING@MESACC.EDU TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT
- In the email provide your name, your Maricopa Student ID/MEID number, your proof of payment for the HESI A2 exam. We will contact you to finalize your appointment time to take the HESI A2 Nursing Exam
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.