Testing Services Frequently Asked Questions

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

FAQ Questions
General

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.

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 HSE Testing website 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.

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

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.

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

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.

Admission and Registration

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.

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.

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.

Testing

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.