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MARCH 30TH - APRIL 3RD, 2015


Placement Testing


Feb 2 - March 27, 2015

Monday: 9:30am & 1:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am & 5:30pm

April 6 - May 15, 2015

Monday: 9:30, 1:30pm & 5:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am & 5:30pm


February 16, 2015 

March 30 -April, 2015 (Spring Break)

May 18th - 22 (finals week)

Additional testing will be scheduled after finals week.







All new students who plan to take an English or a Math course, or a course with an English or math prerequisite, are required to take Placement Tests, or an equivalent, before they can enroll in classes.

Note:  You will need to complete an on campus or an online orientation before taking a placement test.  Go to the Mendocino College home page and choose "for students" and click on "orientation" and "online orientation" for the online orientation.  Make sure that you have a webadvisor login before taking your online orientation.

Please go to The Learning Center's page for open hours and more information.




Why am I required to take placement tests?

No one likes to take a class that is too difficult, or one that is so simple it's boring. Placement tests help to assure that students from a wide variety of backgrounds take courses that are right for them.


Do I need to take a placement test?


The answer to this may be no.  Some courses allow students to retake high school material without taking an assessment test.  Other courses allow Early Assessment Program (EAP) results from the STAR test, or Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores as proof of proficiency to move on to higher math courses.  Following is a list of coursework taken and/or test results earned that will allow you to take the indicated courses without taking an assessment test.

  • If you completed one year of high school Algebra 2 or a higher-level math class, with a grade of C (C- doesn’t count) or better, taken within the last three years, you can enroll in MTH 220 (statistics) 
  • A score of “pass” on the math EAP (Early Assessment Program)


  • A score of “contingent pass” on the math EAP, and a grade of C or better in one of the following classes: Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics.

If you enroll no more than one year after graduating from high school, you can enroll in MTH 121, Trigonometry, MTH 200, Precalculus, MTH 220, Statistics, and MTH 230, Business Calculus.

  • A score of “Ready for CSU or Participating CCC College-Level English Courses” on the English EAP allows you to enroll in English 200.  Please bring your EAP test results to the Learning Center.

  • Score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP Calculus AB exam. 

You can enroll in MTH 210, Calculus I, MTH 211, Calculus II, and MTH 240, Discrete Math.

  • Score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP Calculus BC exam.

You can enroll in MTH 212, Calculus III and MTH 214, Linear Algebra.

Obtain a Pre-requisite Course Equivalency Form in the Admissions and Records Office and demonstrate that you have either:

  • Completed a college level Reading and Composition course and an Algebra class or higher Or:
  • Completed an Accuplacer English placement test within the last 4 years. If you took your an Accuplacer placement test at another college, please submit your results to the Learning Center.


What is covered in the placement tests?

You will take tests in reading, writing, and math. You will also be asked some questions about your background and experience. All placement tests are given on the computer.


Should I study to get ready for the placement tests?

Many students find it helpful to brush up on their math before taking the placement tests. You may study your own materials, purchase brush-up materials at the college bookstore, or study the math materials available for use in The Learning Center.  You can visit for both math and English review. You can also review your arithmetic skills at  This website is designed to specifically help you with your accuplacer arithmetic test. If you would like to review trigonometry or pre-calculus, please go to:


How long will the placement tests take?

There is no time limit, but one to two hours is about average. Students taking placement tests in intermediate algebra or pre-calculus often need more time.


What should I bring with me when I take the placement tests?

Important: please bring a photo ID and your current Mendocino College student ID#.  You must have these items to test.


When are the placement tests scored?

Your tests are scored immediately, and you will also be given your class placement.


What happens after I take the placement tests?

You meet with your counselor to plan your class schedule.


May I retake the placement tests?

Yes, if necessary. We recommend that you do your best the first time, so you do not need to retake the placement tests. If you would like to retake the placement test, you will need to review (see above websites) and fill out a petition form explaining how you have reviewed.  You will also need to have the petition signed by an instructor or counselor. Petitions are available on the Learning Center's web page, in the Learning Center (New Library Building room 4110) and in the counseling department (McMillan Hall room 1000).


What if I do not know how to use a computer?

The placement tests are designed for students who have never used a computer. Directions are provided, and we help, too.


Is it possible to see some sample questions before taking the placement tests?

Yes, you are welcome to look at some sample questions. They are available in The Learning Center. For placement test brush-up and review you can go to:



When may I take the placement tests?

Please call 707-468-3046 or check our placement testing times on The Learning Center's web page. There is no charge for this service. The Learning Center is open -  Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday and Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm   Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m. For more information, call 468-3046.  Please check TLC web page for our updated holiday hours.


Test are offered at the Main Campus in Ukiah, all placements tests are drop-in, we do not make appointments. If you have any questions, please call the The Learning Center at (707) 468-3046.

If you prefer, you may take placement tests at the Lakeport Center, (707) 263-4944, or at the Willits Center (707) 459-6224.

For more information, call: (707) 468-3046 fax: (707) 467-1046





Created: January 04, 2012 @ 02:16 PM
Last Modified: March 25, 2015 @ 11:30 AM


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