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. Please do not bring any electronic equipment, such as cell phones, PDAs, notebooks, beepers or calculators with you.

The Testing Center will provide you with scratch paper and pencils, but it will need to be turned in upon completion of the test.

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

Detailed information regarding each specific test and reference material may be found on our website.

Out-of-area students need to send a fax to TMCC Accounting Services at 775-673-7085, requesting to make payment by credit card. This request needs to include the following information:

  • Name of the student
  • Credit card number
  • Expiration date of the card
  • Three digit security code
  • Brief explanation of what the card is being used to pay for
  • Name as it appears on the card
  • Signature of the cardholder
  • Telephone number of the cardholder

Diploma Sender will mail out transcripts for all HSE (formerly GED) transcripts in the state of Nevada.

The first transcript is free of charge; additional transcripts and/or verifications may be obtained for a fee.

Visit the Tests We Offer webpage for more information.

Consult the following list to determine the appropriate fees associated, if applicable, with a test:

Test Cost
ACCUPLACER placement exam Exam is free of charge for TMCC students taking the any version of the placement exam for first time. If students retake any placement exam, the cost is $20.
ACCUPLACER for Dental Hygiene There is a $20 fee.
Medical Terminology Test There is a $50 registration fee.
Radiology Technology Program assessment No fee is associated for TMCC students.

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

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

Prior to testing, individuals who wish to take the ACCUPLACER must first complete the TMCC Application for Admission and receive their student identification number.

Re-tests are permitted for the following:

Test Re-test Policy
ACCUPLACER placement exam Course placement for TMCC Students will be determined by the highest valid scores within the past twenty-four month period. Students may retake the English and math ACCUPLACER placement test no sooner than 24 hours after the initial try, any subsequent retakes must be spaced at least two weeks apart. Students will be charged a $20 retake fee for each retake attempt.

Note: TMCC reserves the right to change course placement scores.

ACCUPLACER for Dental Hygiene Re-tests are permitted two weeks after your initial test; the cost is $20.
Radiology Technology Program Assessment Per instructors approval
Medical Terminology Test Students are allowed one test and one retest. The cost of the exam is $50 per test session. Applicants who have already taken the Medical Terminology Test and received a score below 75 are eligible to retake this test once.

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: 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 a hat with a bill or brim into the testing room unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason that has been approved by Pearson. To receive approval, submit a request with the appropriate documentation explaining the need for this accommodation to PCAT Customer Relations.

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.

Students will receive a paper copy of their ACCUPLACER placement test scores immediately after completing their exam. These scores can take up to one business day to post to their student account. Please keep your copy of the ACCUPLACER/placement testing transcript. You will need your placement scores in order to register for your new student advisement workshop. If you need additional copies of your transcript there will be a charge of $10 for the copy.

For more information visit the Proctoring Center.


ACCUPLACER sample questions can help give students an idea of what to expect on the exam.

The following resource websites are not endorsed by the College Board or TMCC and are provided for your reference only.




ACCUPLACER Test Resources

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.

Students who need to take the ACCUPLACER placement test for another college (other than TMCC) should contact us.

You can obtain a copy of you 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. You can also visit the TMCC Testing Services department and paying the $10 transcript fee. You will need your placement scores in order to register for your new student advisement workshop.

ACCUPLACER test scores may take up to three business days to post to students' MyTMCC accounts. Students will not be able to register for classes until ACCUPLACER scores are reflected on their MyTMCC account.

After completing the exam, students will receive a score report with basic information to help them interpret their course placement for math and English classes. The score range for all exam sections (except WritePlacer Plus) is 20-120; WritePlacer Plus score range is 0-8.

The highest valid score within the past twenty-four month period will determine course placement for students. TMCC's English and Math departments determine the ACCUPLACER cut score information for new and continuing students. Please see the respective English Department or Math Department for placement information.

TMCC reserves the right to change course placement scores.

The complete test (Math and English) takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes to complete, but it is not timed. The Testing Center does close at 5 p.m., please be advised if you arrive at 3:30 p.m., you will only have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the test.

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

The ACCUPLACER exam is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and every Saturday on a walk-in basis (excluding holidays or campus closures) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Check-in is at the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini Campus.

Students must have a TMCC ID number and a valid government-issued photo ID.

The ACCUPLACER is a computerized placement exam that provides information about your academic skills in math, English, and reading. The exam is not a "pass" or "fail" exam and offers an accurate measurement of your academic skills to help you excel in your educational goals.

Please visit the ACCUPLACER website for more information about this exam.

Students may retake the English and Math ACCUPLACER placement test no sooner than 24 hours after the initial try, any subsequent retakes must be spaced at least two weeks apart. Students will be charged a $20.00 retake fee for each retake attempt.

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

The test may be repeated, but there is a mandatory 6-week waiting period between testing sessions. There are NO exceptions to this restriction; therefore, students should be prepared to take the test at the time of testing.

No, the CAPE exam is for initial placement only.

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

No, the CAPE exam only provides placement information about where students need to start their language study at TMCC. The CAPE exam does not grant college credit for any levels that the student places beyond.

Students should be aware that placement out of a foreign language level does not grant credit, and therefore students may need to take alternative credits to meet graduation requirements.

Yes, students who wish to take the CAPE exam must schedule an appointment. Please contact TMCC Welcome Center.

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.

CAPE exams are offered in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and Russian. (TMCC students should note that currently TMCC does not offer Chinese.)

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

The range of scores varies with which language is tested, as do the cut-off levels.

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 take SPAN 226 and SPAN 227; however, they may take the placement exam.

HSE Examination

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

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.

TASC, another alternative, can be given either way as well. However, the TMCC Testing Center does not offer this exam. To take the TASC, you'll need to contact another authorized testing center.

Yes, you must commit to the entire 10- or 11-week session (unless it's determined that you're ready to take one of the actual exams). Each class in the session is specifically designed to help you meet the specific academic requirements of the material.

You must complete all sections before retesting on any individual subsection. You will only need to retake those subsections necessary to pass your exam.

Log into your HiSET or GED website portals to view your scores.

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 a specific type of HSE exam up to three times in a calendar year. If you still haven't passed after three attempts, you can move on to a different test type, i.e. GED, HiSET or TASC.

It depends. To learn when GED tests are being offered, log on to GED's website. To find out about the HiSET, please contact Testing Services.

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.

Yes. However, you must complete the entire exam in the same language.

Yes, you can. However, you must present a valid photo I.D. when you come to take your test. Acceptable forms of identification are a valid driver's license, passport, military ID or other government-issued ID that shows your name, address, date of birth, signature and photo. Outdated or expired identification cannot be accepted.

Note: Your ID must match the demographic information you provided when you registered for this test. You must also be able to prove your Nevada residency and your personal identification.

Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high school are eligible to take the HSE tests if they meet all other requirements of the Commission and State, province or territory. Persons who earn diplomas in countries that do not participate in the HSE testing program are likewise eligible to take the HSE tests if they meet all other requirements

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.

All of TMCC's HSE exams are given by TMCC's Testing Services. HiSET testing will be offered on occasion at the Meadowood Testing Center. Contact Testing Services f you have any questions.

TMCC offers the General Education Development (GED) and the High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET).

HSE Preparation

No. You can register to take the HSE exams right away (the fee is $75 for HiSet or $95 for the GED).

Contact Testing Services for additional test registration information.

Students only need to pay to take the HSE, GED or TASK exam. Preparation classes are free.

If you have been out of school for more than 2 years, then we highly recommend that you start by taking preparation classes to get familiar with the content of the official HSE assessment.

HSE preparation classes are offered year round through TMCC Adult Basic Education, based at the TMCC Meadowood Center. Classes meet Monday through Thursday and are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Yes, if you are still not ready to take and pass the HSE exams at the end of the 10- to 11-week studying sessions, you have met the terms of your contract, and you show progress on your test scores, you will be given preferential registration privileges for each subsequent session.