Testing Services at Colorado Mountain College

Check with your local College Counselor for help with your specific testing needs. The following section summarizes those services.

American College Testing (ACT)

The ACT is used as an entrance requirement by many colleges.  All registration for ACT is handled through the ACT website at www.act.org.

Accuplacer Assessment

Accuplacer is an assessment tool used by CMC to determine the appropriate level at which students will be placed in mathematics, reading and English prior to registration.  If a student has not taken a standardized test, ACT or SAT, or does not have prior college-level coursework, they are encouraged to seek assistance from an Advisor or College Counselor for Accuplacer review options and study guide resources.  Research on Colorado’s assessment programs indicate that new students who follow assessment-related advice have a much higher chance of academic success than those who do not follow such advice.

CMC uses the Accuplacer Placement Test prior to registration to determine student’s academic skills in mathematics, reading and English.  Exclusions for taking the test include:

  • You have an ACT test score of 18 in English, a score of 17 in reading or a score of 23 for math.  The ACT test must have been completed within five years of registration.
  • You have an SAT test score of 440 for English, a score of 430 for reading or a score of 460 for math.  The SAT test must have been completed within five years of registration.
  • You have previously taken an Accuplacer test and have a score of 85 in Elementary Algebra, a score of 95 (plus a score of 80 for Reading) in English or a score of 80 for Reading.  The Accuplacer test must have been completed within five years of registration.
  •  You have successfully completed the equivalent course to English 121 or Math 121 at a previous college with a grade of C- or better.
  •  You have taken and successfully passed a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test or Advanced Placement examinations for math and English.

New students who are required to test must fill out the CMC Application 48 hours in advance of testing.  The Worldwide Web offers review options and study guide resources for you to utilize before you take your test in Mathematics, English or Reading.  The untimed Accuplacer Placement test in an adaptive tool, which allows you to take your time and do your best.  While personal calculators are not allowed for the test, Accuplacer has a pre-programmed pop-up calculator for you to use on appropriate math questions.

Please make every effort to arrive 15 minutes early for the test.  After the test begins, late comers will need to reschedule their test to a different time.

To set up a time to take the Accuplacer Placement test, please call a College Counselor at the campus you plan to attend. They will help you get started.


For all portions of the Accuplacer, students may retest once per subject per semester, providing documentation of review of subject matter prior to retesting and wait a period of one week after taking their last test. The highest score is used.

Once a student has begun their math course sequence, they may not retake the Accuplacer to skip or place into a higher course. However, with permission from their math faculty or an advisor, they may take an alternative math placement exam.

The assessment/placement tests measure current academic skills in particular subject areas. Since current academic skill is at least in part dependent upon recency and current experience, placement test scores will be valid for no longer than two calendar years from the date of the test. Students who wish to enroll into courses in the placement disciplines will need to retest if their scores are more than two years old and they have not already taken a course in the discipline. Students who has have satisfactorily completed a course in the discipline may enroll in the next course in the sequence without retesting.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams allow you to earn credit by examination.  See the awarded vs. earned credit section of this catalog for more information.

There are five General Examinations (English composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and history) and over 30 Subject Examinations.  You may earn from one to six semester hours of credit for satisfactory scores on each exam.  See your Student Services Counselor to discuss your CLEP options and associated fees.

General Educational Development

The GED exam consists of five tests (writing skills, social studies, science, reading and mathematics).

After successfully completing the exam, you will receive a Colorado High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education.  In addition to preparing students for the GED, Colorado Mountain College offers a combination English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation program at many campus locations.  Check with your local CMC site to see if the GED in Spanish is given.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level analytic ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies.  Most of the analogies on the MAT are verbal analogies, and a few are quantitative.  The test consists of 100 partial analogies that are to be completed in 50 minutes.

Contact List of Educational Assessment Tests

The table below lists contact information for several educational assessment tests.  Many of these are offered at a Colorado Mountain College location.  Some of these tests are offered via computer.

Test Registration Phone Website
ACT* 319-337-1270 act.org
GED CMC Counselor coloradomtn.edu
GMAT 800-717-4628 gmat.org
GRE 900-290-5992 gre.org
LSAT* 215-968-1001 lsac.org
PLACE 413-256-2885 place.nesinc.com
TOEFL 609-921-9000 toefl.org
SAT* 690-921-9000 sat.org
CLEP CMC Counselor collegeboard.org

*Hosted at a Colorado Mountain College location. Call testing organization or check their website for time and campus.