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ACCUPLACER Policies & Regulations

Massachusetts State Policy: Mandatory Assessment and Planned Course Placement


Academic Assessment and Placement Policies

Northern Essex Community College complies with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 2019 Common Assessment Policy which includes the use of multiple measures and Accuplacer Next Generation for placement into college level courses. 

Multiple Measures

Eligible students may register for college level math or writing courses based on cumulative high school GPA of 2.7, SAT scores, High School Equivalency (GED or HiSET) college ready scores or previous college credits. 

Eligibility for placement and waivers through multiple measures will be determined upon review of official transcripts and score reports.

Contact the Academic Placement and Testing Center at for more information.

Students who are not eligible for course placement or waivers through multiple measures will be required to take Accuplacer Next Generation. This includes:

Accuplacer Assessment Methods

Assessments are administered with the state-mandated Accuplacer test, an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who apply for enrollment in English Language courses will be assessed with the Accuplacer LOEP reading and writing assessments.

Expiration of Assessment results

All developmental math, reading and writing, and ESL course placements are valid for one year from the date of assessment.

All college level placements in math, reading and writing are valid for three years from the date of assessment.

Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations must be approved and coordinated with the Center for Accessibility Resources & Services. 

Please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources & Services at 978-556-3654 or well in advance to plan accommodated testing sessions.

Revised: 2019-2020 Updated Academic Catalog (Effective Spring 2020)

Assessment Waivers

At Northern Essex Community College, the following multiple measures may exempt you from the full or partial ACCUPLACER College Placement Test (CPT).

Math Placement GPA

In accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Task Force on Transforming Developmental Math Education recommendations, all 2014 high school graduates and beyond will be eligible for a math placement based on their high school GPA or Accuplacer.

*Some programs may require the math test prior to entry.  Please check with your advisor or the program coordinator.

English Placement GPA

In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the English Subcommittee of the Co-requisite Scale Initiative, all 2017 graduates and beyond will be eligible for an English placement based on their high school GPA.

In accordance with the state’s recommendations, all high school graduates will be eligible for placement into English Composition 1 based on their high school GPA as one of the assessment measures in English.

SAT waivers

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 or the Academic Placement & Testing Center.

High School Equivalency (HSE) College Ready Waivers


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.

Seal of Biliteracy

Students who submit a high school transcript or diploma with the Seal of Biliteracy designation are exempt from taking the Accuplacer reading and writing assessment tests. 

What you need to do:

For additional information email

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.

Accuplacer Prohibited Item Guidelines

Must be stored away where the item is not accessible or visible while taking the test

If the tester does not adhere to the prohibited item guidelines, the proctor will inform the test taker to collect their personal belongings, including the prohibited item and to leave the testing lab. The testers test results will not be valid.

More Information

For more information on policies and regulations, email

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