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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.

SAT Scores

  • 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.
    • 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

AP Scores

  • 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.

Prior Coursework

  • 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.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment

English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment

If you are enrolling in the ESL Program, you will take the ESL Assessment which will evaluate your reading, grammar, writing, and communication level.  When you have completed your ESL Assessment, you will meet with an ESL advisor. The ESL advisor will help you to choose courses for your first semester.

ESL Assessment is available during our walk-in testing times

Learn more about English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and support services.

Steps required to take the ACCUPLACER

Steps required to take the ACCUPLACER

    1. You must have an NECC ID number to take the ACCUPLACER.  If you do not, please go to our self-service site and fill out the required form. You will receive your NECC ID number via email within 24 hours.  If you have an NECC ID number continue with step 2 below.
    2. Come to the Haverhill or Lawrence campus during our walk-in times available. View our schedule.
    3. In addition to your NECC ID number, you must bring a picture ID with you when you come to test.

For ACCUPLACER Fax/Email information, please go to ACCUPLACER Policies and Regulations.

Tips for Taking the ACCUPLACER

Tips for Taking the ACCUPLACER

Take Your Time and Do Your Best Work!

The computerized reading, math, and sentence skills testing is un-timed. The Writing Sample will be timed. You will have 50 minutes to type the best essay you can. The results of your test will determine whether you will first be required to begin with developmental courses prior to enrolling in college level courses. Developmental courses do not carry college credits.

Remember to Arrive About 10 Minutes Early

This will give you time to find the testing area, restrooms, phones, etc.

Relax! Do Not Worry if You Are Not Familiar With Computers

You do not need to know anything about computers to take the ACCUPLACER.

You Will Need to Have Your NECC ID Number and a Picture ID

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

You Are Not Allowed to Use Dictionaries, Calculators, Notebooks, or Textbooks of Any Kind

You will be provided with scratch paper

Take Advantage of ACCUPLACER Test Prep Resources to Prepare for the ACCUPLACER

We have gathered sample questions, websites, videos, apps, and more to help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER MORE about 'Accuplacer Test Prep'

Remote Testing

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.

Registration Steps (1-2)

  1. Complete the ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request form
  2. Submit a non-refundable NECC Fee of $25.00 . There are 3 options available to submit your payment: Online, Walk-in or Mail-in

Online: Click Register through our FlexReg scheduling system to 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:

  • If you have made a previous request at NECC, select ACCUPLACER Remote Testing Request – Two

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. Users must have Adobe Flash Player installed on their computer. 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.

Walk-in: Come 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.

Mail-in: Mail the completed application in with a money order only, made payable to NECC, for $25.00 to Northern Essex Community College, Academic Placement & Testing, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill, MA  01830

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.

More Information

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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