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Placement Test Exemptions

Placement Test Exemptions

Middlesex County College may exempt the following students from the College placement test:

  • Students who already hold an Associate’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Students whose foreign degree had been equated to a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree after evaluation by a certified evaluation service are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER College placement test. However, students in this category are required to take the entire ESL placement test unless they submit an acceptable TOEFL score to be used in place of part of the ESL placement test (ACCUPLACER ESL Reading Skills and ACCUPLACER ESL Language Use Tests.  Students are still required to take the WritePlacer ESL essay test and complete an oral interview with the ESL Department). Students need a score of 550 for the paper based TOEFL, 213 for the computer-based TOEFL, and 79 for the Internet-based TOEFL to be exempt from ESL classes.
  • Students who attended a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and completed one semester of English composition or one semester of college-level math with a grade of “C” or better may be exempt from appropriate categories of the placement test.  To be exempt from the Reading Comprehension test, students must have attended a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and completed twelve credits of college level work (acceptable for transfer to MCC) with a grade of “C” or better. 
  • Visiting students will not be asked to complete the College’s placement test. It is highly recommended that visiting students meet with their home institution advisor and review the MCC course descriptions to ensure appropriate academic preparedness for the course(s) to be taken at MCC and that the course(s) meets program requirements and will transfer back to the home college. It is the Visiting Student’s responsibility to verify that the course(s) he or she takes at Middlesex County College will transfer to the home institution and that the student has the prerequisites necessary to succeed in the course.

Please Note

  • Non-native speakers of English who did not complete four years of high school English at an accredited U.S. high school, or who have taken even one ESL course while in high school must take the ESL placement test. Students who take the ESL placement test followed by an oral interview may be exempt from ESL courses. If so, the student must take the College placement test.
  • Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) scores will not be accepted as a basis for exempting prospective students from the College placement test.



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