New Students

Why Do I Need a Test?

The Maricopa Community Colleges are committed to providing students with opportunities for successful academic experiences. As student academic achievement is directly related to the proper initial course placement, all new students need to complete the placement test.

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.

How long will it take?
Since the test is untimed you can give each question as much thought as you wish. In general, taking all three tests will take 90 minutes - 2 hours.
When do I get my scores?
The scores and recommended course placement are given to the student immediately upon test completion.
How much does it cost?
Placement testing is free for students applying to a Maricopa college. Students who are taking the test for another college will have to pay $20.
Do I need an appointment?
ACCUPLACER tests are available on a walk in basis; no appointment is needed.
Where can I practice?

We recommend that you review the ACCUPLACER sample questions before testing.

ACCUPLACER also has a web based app to guide you through practice tests.

Also take a look at these sites for additional practice:

CELSA

CELSA is paper and pencil and is used for course placement into the English as a Second Language program for both English and Reading.

How long will it take?
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.
When do I get my scores?
The scores and recommended course placement are given to the student immediately upon test completion.
How much does it cost?
CELSA is free for students applying to a Maricopa college.
Do I need an appointment?
CELSA tests are available on a walk in basis; no appointment is needed.
Where can I practice?

Print a CELSA Practice Test.

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.

How long will it take?
CLEP tests are generally 90 minutes, however the language tests can take longer.
When do I get my scores?
You will receive an immediate score report for CLEP exams, except exams with essays, such as College Composition.
How much does it cost?
CLEP tests are $105. $85 is paid to College Board when you sign up for a voucher. $20 is paid at Mesa when you take the test.  We accept credit and debit cards.
Do I need an appointment?
CLEP testing is by appointment only. To sign up for testing, please register at  http://clep.collegeboard.com.

After you've registered, you will have a ticket number. Please call with your ticket number to set up an appointment. Testing is only available at the Southern & Dobson campus.

Where can I practice?

There are practice tests available on the CLEP website