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Assessment and Placement

Assessment Information

TIP: Study First! Assessment testing for placement is important, and we encourage all students to brush up on their skills and review study materials before taking the test.
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The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District uses the College Board computerized Accuplacer placement format for assessment testing. 

The purpose of ACCUPLACER tests is to help you make sound decisions about your courses by providing useful information about your academic skills in Reading, English and Math. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by MSJC counselors to determine your course selection so that you have the best opportunity for success.


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.

The Accuplacer assessment is administered online and usually requires a minimum of 2 hours for students to complete. The assessment staff will provide a 10-15 minute presentation at the beginning of each assessment session that will familiarize students with the Accuplacer format and answer any questions. Using the online version does not require special training or knowledge! A paper version of the Accuplacer is available on request, but we encourage the online version because of its adaptive testing technique. Adaptive testing means the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level.

There are no appointments necessary; however, it is best to arrive two hours before lunch or two hours before the center closes.
 Students must bring: A valid picture ID (no picture ID, no test, no exceptions)


Sample Test, Study Guides and Additional Study Resources

Assessment Center Hours & Locations

Questions? Assessment and Placement FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Other Types of Exams Offered at the Assessment Centers