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Assessment of New Students

New Student Skills Assessment

Students needing to take the placement examination are required to have an MCC Student Identification Number, which can be obtained by filling out an application by selecting the "APPLY Buttonnear the upper right hand corner all MCC webpage screens. 

Once completed, submitted and updated by MCC, students will receive an email that provides further information regarding their MCC application. Students should then call the MCC Contact Center (531-622-2400) 24 – 48 hours later to receive their MCC ID number.

All students needing to take an entrance exam are required to provide proof of identity. The ID must be an actual non-expired, valid state or government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) or the MCC college issued photo ID card. Photo ID’s cannot be an image, copy, printout, photograph, or snapshot.

Placement Testing

MCC testing staff administers an academic skills placement assessment free of charge to new students planning to attend Metropolitan Community College. Depending on a student's  needs, wants and/or requirements, they may elect to take one or two of the several  different assessments listed below:

Next Generation Accuplacer/Companion

  • NEXT GENERATION ACCUPLACER: A computerized assessment or placement test for both English and Math. These tests may be taken individually or together, and students can make either an appointment or simply walk-in at all testing locations. However, due to the limited seating at some testing locations, it is best to call ahead to see if an appointment is necessary. The average time to complete this test is two hours or less; however, it is not timed, so there is no actual time limit for taking the Next Generation Accuplacer.

  • COMPANION: This placement test is only for persons needing DSS accommodations and can be given by appointment only at all testing locations. This exam is a proportionally comparable written version of the computerized Accuplacer assessment. To be eligible, students must have a documented disability and see a MCC DSS adviser for recommendation. This test is offered in a paper and pencil version, a large-print version, a braille version and an audio CD version as well. Students may take the English and the Math sections together, separately, or not at all. Testing is done using a test booklet, answer sheet, scratch paper and a No. 2 pencil. Calculators are not authorized for use with the Companion Exam when completing Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra problems unless noted in DSS accommodations. Accuplacer Companion does not have a set time limit for test completion.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

If English is a student's second language, the student must first meet with an MCC Academic Advisor or Counselor located in Student Services. This meeting is to decide which type of testing is required based on student's individual needs and requirements. There are two different assessments available for ESL students:

  •  ACCUPLACER ESL: This is a computerized ESL Language Use, and ESL Sentence Meaning placement assessment program administered for English only. MCC uses the ESL Listening, and ESL Reading Skills, and ESL Language Use for English Course Placement.  ESL WritePlacer(an additional short writing sample) may also be required if there is a question as to an understanding of a required skill set. This exam may be administrated by making an appointment or on a walk-in basis at all MCC testing locations. However, due to the limited seating at some testing locations, it is best to call ahead to see if an appointment is needed. The average completion time to take this placement examination is approximately three hours. There is however no actual set time limit for taking this test. Sample tests can be found using the highlighted links for ESL Accuplacer and ESL WritePlacer.

  • COMPANION ESL: The Companion ESL placement test is only for nonnative English speaking individuals who require the ESL Companion with DSS accommodations. This proficiency exam may be provided by appointment only at any testing location. The exam is a proportionally comparable written version of the computerized Accuplacer ESL assessment. To be eligible, students must have a documented disability and see a MCC DSS adviser for recommendation. This test is available  in a paper and pencil version, a large-print paper and pencil version, a braille version and an  audio CD version. Testing is accomplished by  using a test booklet, an answer sheet, scratch paper and a No. 2 pencil. Companion ESL does not have a set time limit for test completion. Companion ESL uses the same practice tests tat are used with the computerized Accuplacer ESL exam.  Sample tests can be found using the highlighted links for ESL Accuplacer and ESL WritePlacer.

NEXT GENERATION ACCUPLACER/COMPANION Retakes

The Accuplacer and Companion can only be taken twice within any given two (2) year time period. To take the examination a second time, students must contact and speak with an MCC Advisor, whom, after reviewing initial scores, can recommend, annotate and approve a students request or need for a retake in Colleague. It is recommended however that all students complete a period of review prior to taking or retaking an assessment using the Accuplacer Study Application.

ALEKS Math Placement

ALEKS - Assessment and LEarning Knowledge and Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a proctored course. This placement then instructs students on the topics they are most ready to learn and as the student works through this proctoring course, it periodically reassesses knowledge the student has previously learned is still retaining. The ALEKS proctoring course insures very complete topic coverage and avoids multiple-choice questions. Students who show a high level of mastery using the ALEKS Proctoring Course will be successful in the actual course they are wishing to study. ALEKS Placement Test may only be taken 5 times in a one year time span. 

English Writing Sample

The English Writing Sample is used to identify the highest-level class that a student can begin study within the sequence of MCC Writing Courses up to Composition I. This is an alternative way to obtain english placement and is for students prefer to take essay tests or are recommended by MCC Advising Staff to take. This is a timed written  essay test that may save you time and money if you do well on it. You may only able to take this test once and your score should be available to you to register for classes within three business days.

Remote ACCUPLACER, ALEKS and Writing Sample Testing

Students who want to register for MCC courses, but are unable to test at a MCC Testing Facility may be able to take Placement Testing at other institutions. For more information or help in scheduling a Remote Placement Test, contact one of our Testing Facilities (listed below).

Test Preparation 

Course placement is evaluated by the results of each student's testing abilities in the areas of Math, Reading and Writing. To obtain a more valid and accurate skill placement, all students are encouraged to complete a review of their academic skills prior to taking the placement exam. Next Generation Accuplacer and Companion Accuplacer use the same study application which is tailored to specifically help students become more prepared to test. It can be found on the Accuplacer Study App. There are a variety of other web based test taking tools and study preparation resources available for use as well. If using an application other than the Accuplacer Study App, test preparation should only focus on reading comprehension, writing and math portions of the preparation materials. If you have any questions about accessing the Accuplacer Study App, contact any MCC Learning and Tutoring Center.

SmarterMeasure

SmarterMeasure is an optional assessment that measures learner readiness. It will help you prepare to be successful as a student. You are not penalized for guessing on SmarterMeasure, however, you will still need to answer every question on the assessment. Upon completion of SmarterMeasure, you will receive a score report which will not only help you understand your strengths and opportunities for improvement, but will also provide resources to help you succeed. Remember, this assessment is strictly for your benefit. Take the time to rate yourself honestly.

Placement Score Release Request

Placement Score Release Request Procedures: Students wishing to have their placement scores released to other educational institutions must follow the instructions found on the Placement Scores Releases webpage.

ACTIVE TESTING CENTERS

ELKHORN TESTING CENTER

MCC Email: testingcenterevc@mccneb.edu
Campus Phone Number:
 531-622-1278
Google Voice Number: 702-708-1278

FORT OMAHA TESTING CENTER

MCC Email: testingcenterfoc@mccneb.edu
Campus Phone Number: 531-622-2204
Google Voice Number: 702-763-2204

FREMONT AREA CENTER

MCC Email: testingcenterfrc@mccneb.edu
Campus Phone Number: 531-622-3000
Google Voice Number: 531-333-3059

SARPY TESTING CENTER

MCC Email: testingcentersrp@mccneb.edu
Campus Phone Number: 531-622-3803
Google Voice Number: 702-706-3803

SOUTH TESTING CENTER

MCC Email: testingcentersoc@mccneb.edu
Campus Phone Number: 531-622-4613
Google Voice Number: 901-860-4613

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Jenna Lichter, Ph.D.
Testing Services Supervisor
Metropolitan Community College
Phone Number: 531-622-2113
Email: jmlichter@mccneb.edu