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You must have an NECC ID number to take the ACCUPLACER test.  If you do not,
click here and fill out the required form to receive your NECC ID number.  You will receive your NECC ID number via email within 24 hours.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to student success by ensuring that every student is assessed and placed in courses which are appropriate to their level of academic skills. By testing the reading, writing, and math skill levels of new students, NECC is better able to ensure appropriate course placement. Look here to learn more about the assessment process, ACCUPLACER.

ESL Testing assesses in reading, grammar, writing & communication and is for students enrolling in the English as a Second Language curriculum.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education mandates that basic skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics are required for new students registering for credit courses. ACCUPLACER testing is required for any of the following:

  • If you enroll in a degree or certificate program
  • If you enroll in any math, developmental reading or English Composition I course
  • Before you complete six credits

Assessments are scheduled regularly on weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Saturdays are also available on a limited basis.

Steps required to take the ACCUPLACER Test:

  1. You must have an NECC ID number.  If you do not have an NECC ID number, please see above or click here .  If you have an NECC ID number continue with step 2 below.
  2. Come to the Haverhill Campus or Lawrence Campus during our walk-in times available (view our schedule).
  3. You must bring a picture ID and your NECC ID number with you when you come to test.

For ACCUPLACER Fax/Email information, go to the ACCUPLACER Policies & Regulations web page..

Remote Testing

Remote Testing involves students taking the ACCUPLACER assessment test at an educational institution with the intention of attending another college.


There is a $25.00 ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Fee for anyone who would like to take ACCUPLACER at NECC for another institution remotely.


Submit a non-refundable NECC Fee of $25.00 and complete the required Request for ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Form. There are 3 methods available to make this request:

Online Registration

Register through our  FlexReg scheduling system. Submit your ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Form online and pay your fee by credit card. You must sign in or create an account for FlexReg. If you are a current student, your username is your NECC ID and your password is your Self-Service password. (If you do not remember your password, contact the Service Desk and they will reset your password to your date of birth and you will then be able to reset it.) The registration cycle is January-December of each year. During each registration cycle, first time requests select ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Fee- One. If you have made a previous request at NECC, select ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request – Two.

If you have trouble submitting your application online you can scan/save and email it to testing@necc.mass.edu or print and fax it to 978-556-3169.

Important Notes About Using FlexReg to Register and Pay

When using FlexReg Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled to enable registration and payment using FlexReg.

When using FlexReg for your online payment, do not X out of the windows until you have completed the entire process. Once you register and the payment process is complete, you can then Sign Out.

Do not close any windows throughout the FlexReg process. Leave your FlexReg window open and your TouchNet Payment window open until you have completed the payment process.

You will receive two (2) emails upon completion of your FlexReg process; one for your Course Registration and the second one for your TouchNet Payment confirmation. Do not close any windows until you receive these two (2) emails. Once you receive the two (2) emails, you can Sign Out. Do not X out.


Print out ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Form (PDF) and bring the completed application to the Academic Placement & Testing Center.  You can make your payment for your registration fees by credit card, money order or check at the time you walk-in.


Print out the ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request Form (PDF) and mail the completed application in with a money order only, made payable to NECC, for $25.00.

Schedule your ACCUPLACER test

Upon receiving your form and fee, the Academic Placement & Testing Center will contact your institution for ACCUPLACER remote testing information and will contact you to schedule your ACCUPLACER testing.



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