Testing Services Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Testing Services' most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


Students who need accommodations must have ADA documentation and make prior arrangements with the Disability Resource Center.

No electronic equipment is permitted to be used while testing in the Testing Center. Do not bring any electronic equipment, such as; cell phones, smart watches, or beepers. Calculators must be approved by the instructor and will be inspected by proctors.

Yes, official ACT and SAT scores may be used for English and math placement.

The highest valid scores within the past twenty-four month period will determine course placement for students. TMCC requires official scores be requested from the ACT and/or SAT at the links listed below.

  • ACT
    • The ACT college code to send your official scores to TMCC is 2499
  • SAT
    • The SAT college code to send your official scores to TMCC is 1096

Contact Helen Scott at 775-673-7111 to take an over the phone payment. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are acceptable forms of payment.

Please make arrangements for child care prior to coming to the Testing Center; the Testing Center does not have child care facilities.

  • Jackets, hats of any kind, beanies, sunglasses, or accessories must be removed and placed in your assigned locker.
  • Water bottles, soda, juice, energy drinks, or any food items must be placed in your assigned locker.
  • Personal school supplies such as pencils, pens, and scratch paper must be placed in your assigned locker (supplies will be provided unless otherwise noted by your instructor).
  • All testers must present a valid government-issued photo ID or current TMCC student photo ID for testing.
  • Personal belongings are prohibited in the testing room.
  • Testers must request permission to leave the testing room. 
  • All exam materials must remain in the Testing Center unless otherwise noted by your instructor.
  • Electronics of any kind are not permitted in the testing room and must be placed in your assigned locker unless otherwise noted by your instructor.

All individuals taking a test through TMCC Testing Services must bring their current government or current TMCC issued photo ID.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • A current driver's license
  • A state approved ID
  • A high school ID
  • A college ID
  • A current state or federal ID card
  • A current passport
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Recent (within last two years prior to term in which you are applying) high school graduates can use alternate pathways for placement into entry-level college courses. This means students can use their high school course work to place into college classes. The alternate pathways are as follows:

  • Recent (within last two years prior to term in which you are applying) graduates with an overall unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 may enroll in ENG 101, recommended READ 135 or ENG 113, recommended Non-Native READ 135.
  • Recent (within last two years prior to term in which you are applying) graduates with an overall unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 and complete Intermediate Algebra (Algebra 3-4 in WCSD) with a grade of B or higher may enroll in MATH 120 or MATH 126.

Students with a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 may also enroll in alternate entry-level courses required in applied and technical fields. These alternate pathways are a supplement to existing ACCUPLACER, SAT and ACT scores.

All members of the Truckee Meadows Community College community are subject to the rules and disciplinary procedures as outlined in the TMCC College Catalog, Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Students.

For purposes of TMCC Testing Services, the following behaviors are considered to be academically dishonest:

  • Copying from another person's work during an examination.
  • Allowing someone to copy from your work during an examination.
  • Using unauthorized materials during an examination.
  • Taking an examination for another person or permitting another person to take an exam for you.
  • Obtaining or providing to another person a test or answers to a test.
  • Removing or attempting to remove a test, its answers or any portion thereof from the Testing Center.
  • Students are prohibited but not limited to the following items while testing in the Testing Center: coats, jackets, food, beverage, books, papers, highlighters, rulers, notes, earplugs, calculators (including watch calculators), cell phones, recording devices, cameras, head-phones, watches, or any other electronic devices or reference materials. You may not wear or take hats of any kind  into the testing room unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason.

Consistent with the expectations of the rules and disciplinary procedures for members of the university community, individuals caught engaging in any of the above-described behavior will be referred to the Vice President of Student Services and Diversity and/or to their instructor for appropriate disciplinary action.

Academic Placement Testing (ACCUPLACER) is a required enrollment step for new, degree-seeking students. All students are encouraged to take this test to ensure that, with the help of an Academic Advisor, they register for the correct classes. The ACCUPLACER placement test is available to all current TMCC students and who provide valid government-issued photo identification.

ACCUPLACER is a pre-requisite for placement into TMCC English and math classes. ACT or SAT scores that are less than two years old, or grades from pre-requisite classes can be used instead.


The ACCUPLACER Student Portal provides practice tools and resources to help you prepare for the tests.

Official ACCUPLACER test scores must be sent between testing centers.

A student must contact the testing center at the other college where your scores reside and request that your scores be sent directly to TMCC Testing Services. Scores must be faxed to 775-673-7878.

A Testing Services staff member will contact you regarding the receipt of your scores.

Please email studenttesting@tmcc.edu requesting that your TMCC ACCUPLACER scores be sent to a specific college. You must provide the following: your student name, student ID number, date of birth and the fax number/email of where you want your scores to be sent. You will receive further instructions on how to complete the process with our response to your request.

Note: there is a $10 ACCUPLACER transcript fee that is required as part of this process.

You can obtain a copy of your placement scores by logging in to MyTMCC. Your scores can be found in the "other academic" drop down menu in the Academics Section of the Student Center.

Or, you can visit the ACCUPLACER Student Portal website to view and print you ACCUPLACER Score Report.

Lastly, you can visit TMCC Testing Services and pay a $10 transcript fee.

You will need your placement scores in order to register for your new student advisement workshop.

The complete test (Math and English) takes approximately two hours; one hour per exam. Keep in mind that the ACCUPLACER is not a timed test.

Students taking the ACCUPLACER exam have seven business days to return and complete the test, if not completed in one sitting.

Students planning to enroll in math and/or English classes at TMCC and who do not have current ACT/SAT test scores (less than two years old), should take the ACCUPLACER placement exam. This exam is offered on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday.

Alternatively, students may also place into math and/or English by submitting ACT/SAT scores, or recent Washoe County High School Students may place using alternate pathways.

The ACCUPLACER placement test is available to all current TMCC students who provide valid government issued photo identification.

CAPE Testing

No, the CAPE exam is for initial placement only.

Yes, but the re-testing restriction applies to all languages.

The number of questions on the CAPE exam varies, depending on a student's ability.

It is not a timed test.

Taking the test should require between 20-45 minutes, but will depend on how you perform.

Students may repeat the test as many times as they would like, but there is a mandatory 6-week waiting period between testing sessions. There are NO exceptions to this restriction.

The placement scores are different for each language. See below:

Course CAPE Placement Cut-off
SPAN 112 179-319
SPAN 211 320-346
SPAN 212 347+
FREN 112 260-366
FREN 211 337-401
FREN 212 402+
GER 112 292-382
GER 211 383-491
GER 212 492+
RUS 112 200-399
RUS 211 400-599
RUS 212 600+
* CHIN 1st year I 0-199
* CHIN 1st year II 200-399
* CHIN 2nd year I 400-599

* NOTE: currently TMCC does not offer Chinese, therefore the placement cutoffs shown with ( * ) are only guidelines and do not indicate placement into any TMCC foreign language courses.

If you have more questions regarding language placement at TMCC, please contact the Humanities Department.

Any student who would like to be placed for their foreign language requirement may take the placement exam. It is recommended that students who are Spanish heritage speakers talk to the Humanities Department first.

HSE Examination

No, you must use the same exam whether that is GED or HiSET and the same test version (i.e. you cannot combine a GED 2012 series with a GED 2014 series).

TMCC's Testing Center offers both paper and computer format exams. GED tests are only available on the computer, but the HiSET can be given on either paper or by computer.

Many Nevada community colleges and literacy agencies offer HSE preparation classes, including TMCC's Adult Basic Education HSE Preparation Program. If you prefer to study on your own, books are available at bookstores and your local library. Practice tests and other resources are available on the internet. Public television stations (PBS) also offer HSE classes on television, although many of these are given in early morning hours and you may wish to tape them for viewing at your convenience.

The GED has four test subsections:

  • Math (115 minutes)
  • Language Arts (150 minutes)
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (90 minutes)

The HiSET has five subsections:

  • Math (90 minutes)
  • Language Arts ~ Reading (65 minutes)
  • Language Arts ~ Writing (120 minutes)
  • Science (80 minutes)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)

You may take the exam if you are 18 years old or more, so long as you meet the other test requirements.

If you are 16 or 17 years old: you may test under certain conditions.

You must present the following to the TMCC HSE testing center:

  • The official written permission of withdrawal from compulsory attendance from the board of trustees of a school district (or the applicable designee within the school district or your zoned school); and
  • A signed parental permission form.

You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency by passing a practice exam.

Contact us to verify that you have met all requirements before you register or schedule an HSE exam.

No. If your English skills are not sufficient, you may take a test in another language or accessibility version. 

No, the certificate does not indicate the exam language. However, your official transcript will indicate the language.

No, you must be a U.S. citizen and also a Nevada resident to take the HSE examination.

Yes. Certificates of High School Equivalency are only issued to persons who reside in the State of Nevada or who are on active military duty and have attended secondary school in Nevada. Nevada's residency policy for HSE testing allows for testing certain non-residents who live near the border of Nevada in adjacent states when a testing site is not easily accessible to the non-resident. Please contact us for further information.