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COVID-19 Update: The EMCC campus is open for classes, appointments, and walk-in services. Masks are required for everyone inside ALL buildings at EMCC.  All student support services are still available online. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for additional information.

Placement Testing

Take your placement tests from home using EdReady! Review the EdReady Student Guide for instructions, then go to to get started.


Take the Accuplacer tests on campus! Visit to schedule your appointment.

What is Placement Testing?

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) determines initial course placement for English, Reading, and Mathematics courses.

View the Maricopa Community Colleges Placement Chart

Placement testing is required for:

  • Students who are new to college and are pursuing a degree or transfer pathway
  • Students taking their first college English, reading or math course or any college course for which English, reading or math is a prerequisite
  • Students who are admitted as "Special Admission" students taking college classes while still attending high school

Placement scores are important!!  Scores determine which classes you can enroll in; the higher your score, the more options you have. Students should prepare for testing by reviewing test materials and practicing sample questions.  In addition, EMCC offers test prep resources to help you  brush up on your skills and improve your test results.  Choose preparation options from the Related Resources section on the right side of the page.

Placement Testing is:

  • Free
  • Not timed
  • Computerized
  • Accuplacer Test for Reading. Tests reading comprehension.
  • Accuplacer test for Math. Students can take the QAS test for placement up to MAT 142 or Advanced Algebra & Functions test for placement into MAT 151 or higher.
  • WritePlacer test for English. Write a 300-600 word essay.

Placement Test Results

Student typically receive their results the same day, however you may receive a “pending notification” in lieu of a score on the WritePlacer test. This happens for a variety of reasons and is not indicative of the course placement. Scores are typically available within two business days in your Student Center at 

To access your scores follow these steps:

  • Navigate to
  • Select Student Center (Under Student Tools) and log in with your MEID & Password
  • Select Test Scores link

Retesting Rules for Accuplacer

1.    After 1st attempt, test can be taken again as soon as the next day.
2.    After 2nd attempt, must wait at least 90 days from the first date before attempting a third time.
3.    After 3rd attempt, no more re-tests for 2 years.

Scores are valid for two years. A “Reading Exempt” score never expires.