Providing the Right Fit of Classes for You
When you become an NECC student, you will take the Academic Placement Assessment, or ACCUPLACER, which will help to accurately place you in the appropriate English, writing, and math classes to ensure your success.
This is not a pass/fail test, but you want to do your best as you will be placed in courses according to your results. No appointment is necessary to take the ACCUPLACER (unless you need learning accommodations) and you will want to allow three hours to complete the entire assessment.
Check out our walk in ACCUPLACER Schedule on the Haverhill and Lawrence Campus.
You Need to Take the ACCUPLACER
- 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
ACCUPLACER Multiple Measures
At Northern Essex Community College, you may use the following options to exempt you from the full or partial ACCUPLACER College Placement Test (CPT).
High School GPA (Grade Point Average)
- You may be qualified for NECC’s GPA placement pilot. Learn more.
- If you have SAT scores, you may be waived from the reading and writing assessment. There are no math SAT waivers. Submit your SAT scores to Enrollment Express Services.
- SAT CRITICAL READING – Old SAT scores
- Verbal SAT 500 plus waives student from reading assessment
- Verbal SAT 600 plus waives student from both reading and writing assessment
- SAT READING TEST – New SAT scores
- SAT 27 plus waives student from reading assessment
- SAT 32 plus waives student from both reading and writing
- The College Board Advanced Placement program (AP) provides participating high schools the opportunity to offer college-level coursework to students in a variety of subject areas. AP scores range from 1 to 5 points. AP scores of 3, 4, 5 are commonly acceptable as the equivalent of college-level course work. Please view the Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policy at NECC.
- If you have previously attended another college/university, NECC will evaluate successfully completed courses to see if you are exempt from testing. Submit your transcript to Enrollment Express Services.
Students with Disabilities
Special accommodations during assessment can be provided for students with documented disabilities. You must make arrangements in advance by contacting the Learning Accommodations Center.
For information on other testing services, including TEAS, GED/HiSET, certification exams, and more, visit Testing Services.
For information on how you can earn credit for prior learning, including CLEP and challenge exams, credentials, and portfolio and military evaluations, visit Credit for Prior Learning.
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