New students take placement tests after applying for admission, and must complete placement requirements according to the degree, certificate, or course they intend to register in. Please note that all Degree Seeking students must complete placement requirements before registering for courses, and all students must satisfy course prerequisites before registering in a specific course. All placement testing occurs in the college’s Testing Center, located in Building G, Room 231.

When Do I Take the Placement Tests?

Placement tests are required for all Degree Seeking students, some Certificates (please see this list for more details), and for any student seeking to register in a course that has a placement prerequisite (such as English Composition, Mathematics, and many other classes). Students may not register for the placement test until they have completed a Moraine Valley admission application.

Students may be exempted from all, or portions of the placement test based on SAT/ACT scores. More information on SAT/ACT scores is below. Students with previous college credit, AP scores, IB scores, and/or State Seal of Biliteracy should send a copy of their documents for review through the Prerequisite Override Form, or by visiting Academic Advising in Building S, Room S201. Any coursework that meets college-level placement will be entered as an exemption so the student will not need to complete that portion of the placement test.

Students will use a computer in the Testing Center to complete the ACCUPLACER test.

ACCUPLACER is untimed, but students should plan to spend up to two hours for the full placement test. Placement test results will be available immediately.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for placement testing. Registration should be done either online or in person.

1. Use MVConnect: Login using your assigned username and password. On the Self-Service menu, click Registration. Select Search, Register, and Pay for Non-Credit classes. Select Placement Testing in the Topic Code drop-down box and click Submit. Click the box next to the section you would like to register for and click Submit. Continue through the remaining screens and submit your payment of $25.

2. In person: You may choose to register for any scheduled Accuplacer placement test session that will be offered Monday-Friday. Stop by the Registration Office, Building S, Room S103, to register. A non-refundable payment of $25 is due at the time of registration. Please proceed to the Cashier’s Office, Building S, Room S105. Bring your receipt to the Testing Center, Building G, Room 231.

New students must complete English composition, reading and math placement testing prior to scheduling an orientation program.

What Will the Placement Test Cover?

The ACCUPLACER is a computer adaptive test that helps place students into appropriate reading, writing and math courses. The system draws on a pool of test questions, and then adjusts the level of the test questions to the skills and expertise of each individual test taker. Each test taken will have a fixed number of questions to complete and the computer will adapt the level of difficulty based on how the previous questions are answered. This format prevents students from spending unnecessary time on questions that are too easy or too difficult.

The ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test covers three content domains: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Math. Basic skills (performing a sequence of basic operations), application (applying sequences of basic operations to novel settings or in complex ways), and analysis (demonstrating conceptual understanding of principles and relationships for mathematical operations) are tested with 12, 17 and 20 multiple-choice items respectively. Results of the test will determine student placement in mathematics courses. Students may be required to complete developmental mathematics courses prior to enrolling in a college-level mathematics course.

The ACCUPLACER Reading Placement Test is designed to assess students’ reading comprehension. Identifying main ideas, secondary/supporting ideas, inference, applications, and sentence relationship are tested with 20 multiple-choice items. Results of the test will determine student placement in reading courses. Students may be required to complete developmental reading courses in addition to regular college-credit courses.

The ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Test determines how well the student understands how sentences are structured and what makes a clear and complete sentence. There are 20 multiple-choice sentence skills items that contain sentence correction (choose the correct word or phrase) and construction shift (rewrite the sentence based on criteria given and maintain original sentence meaning). Results of sentence skills test will determine student placement in English composition courses. Students may be required to complete developmental composition courses prior to enrolling in a college-level composition course.

Can I Prepare for the Placement Tests?

Yes, attend an ACCUPLACER Workshop facilitated through the Academic Skills Center.
The Free Official Web-Based Study App is available online at the College Board website. Students can practice taking the classic version of all five tests: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Math. The app is accessible from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Download a study guide with sample test questions.

Will I Be Allowed to Retest?

Yes, students may retest in each area one time. However, students must not have started the corresponding course sequence. The highest score earned between the two tests will determine your final course placement. There is no additional fee to retest and no appointment is necessary.

You may retake the exam at any of the three locations:

Placement Test Exemptions

Previously Earned College Credit – 
If you’ve previously earned college credit, you may be exempt from some or all of the placement tests. Submit a college transcript showing a “C” or better in a college-level (101 or higher) English composition/rhetoric course and/or mathematics course to the Academic Advising Center located in Building S, Room S201.

SAT Scores

Students who score a 480 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT test are exempt from the Reading and Writing portion of the placement test. Students who score a 520 or above on the SAT math test are exempt from the mathematics portion of the placement test.

ACT Scores

An ACT score of 20 or above in English, reading and/or mathematics may be used in place of some or all of the placement tests. Students who score a 20 or above in English and reading are exempt from the English/reading placement test. Students who score a 20 or above in mathematics are exempt from the mathematics placement test.

To receive an placement exemption, students should bring a copy of their SAT and/or ACT score report to the Academic Advising Center located in Building S, Room S201.

How do I get a copy of my ACCUPLACER Report?

  1. Students may access an additional copy of their score report from the email they provided on the ACCUPLACER student information page.
  2. Students may come in person to the Testing Center with a valid photo ID and pick up an additional copy of their score report.
  3. Students may view and print their ACCUPLACER scores via their MVConnect account under Academic Profile.

What if I Test into Developmental Reading?

The college has a policy for mandatory placement into reading courses based on Accuplacer scores:

Students who place into RDG-041, RDG-071 or RDG-091 must enroll in that reading course their first semester and continue in the reading sequence until RDG-091 is successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better. COS-100 is a corequisite to RDG-041.

Students who place into RDG-041 or RDG-071 must work with an academic advisor or counselor for assistance in planning course selections.