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Although MACC is an open admission college, certain classes and programs require testing for various reasons. For instance, if you’re not sure how well you are going to do in College Algebra, taking the Accuplacer is a great way to make sure you are placed in a math course that matches your current skill level.

Click on the links below to view testing dates available at MACC.

Placement Guide



The Accuplacer is one of the exams used by Moberly Area Community College for placement into English and math courses.

Accuplacer is an untimed, computerized test, MACC focuses on three areas of study: sentence skills, reading comprehension, and mathematics. The Accuplacer test is given at all MACC campus locations. (Dates and times vary, call the individual site for more information.)

The Elementary Algebra test measures a student's ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. Examinees are presented with a series of 12 questions.

The College-Level Math test measures students' ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. Examinees are presented with a series of 20 questions.

The Sentence Skills test measures students' understanding of sentence structure, i.e. how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. Examinees are presented with a series of 20 questions.

The Reading Comprehension test measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas, and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas. Examinees are presented with a series of 20 questions.

Bring $15.00 for the Accuplacer test fee. You will be asked to show photo identification at the time of the test. You are allowed to retake the Accuplacer after waiting at least 24 hours. Space for the test fills up quickly.



The Accuplacer or ACT test is required by Moberly Area Community College for placement into English and math courses.



CLEP exams allow people who have acquired knowledge outside the usual educational settings to show that they have learned college-level material so that they can bypass certain college courses. The CLEP exams cover material that is taught in introductory-level courses at many college and universities.



MACC is no longer offering the Compass exam. If you have taken a Compass exam at MACC, those placement scores will be honored until December 2018.



The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) certifies that the taker has high school-level academic skills.


M.E.C.A. (Mathematics Exit Competency Assessment)

The M.E.C.A. allows a student the opportunity to challenge and appeal his/her current mathematics course placement, which is based on a COMPASS and/or ACT score. The M.E.C.A. is a paper-and-pencil, competency-based assessment that may be completed one-time-only for each course to place out of MTH010, MTH011, or MTH100. The assessment is completed in a proctored environment with a two-hour time limit; upon completion, the assessment is scored by mathematics faculty using a skill-based rubric. Students scoring proficient on the M.E.C.A. will be allowed to place out of a mathematics course and, therefore, into the subsequent mathematics course in the general education course sequence. Please see an advisor at any MACC site for details and proctor schedules related to the M.E.C.A.



MEP/MoGEA is a required assessment for education majors.


NLN Assessment Exams (for Virtual Accelerated ADN)

These exams assess understanding of nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neopatal periods. This is part of the admission process for the AADN Program.


Proctored Exams

A proctored exam is one that is taken under supervision. According to MACC's policy, a proctored exam must be taken at one of our MACC locations or by a pre-approved professional.



The Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is required in the application process for the Practical Nursing program at Moberly and Mexico, MO. The applicant must have a composite score of 58% or higher on this test to apply to the Practical Nursing program.


Writing Appeal

A placement test writing score that indicates a student must successfully complete a fundamental course in English / writing before enrolling in Composition I may be appealed by providing a writing sample in a proctored, timed testing environment. The appeal can only be attempted once and is scored by a team of full-time MACC instructors. If the appeal is granted, the English / writing preparation course requirement will be waived. See an advisor at any MACC site for appeal details.



WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring "real-world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. MACC students are required to take three parts of the WorkKeys test if they are graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate.