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.
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 is 200-300.
Math ACCUPLACER Information
There are three levels of the Math ACCUPLACER test: arithmetic, algebra and college-level math.
All students start the test in algebra. How well you do in algebra determines if you will do arithmetic or college-level math next.
If you do well in algebra: your placement level will be at least MATH 96 (Intermediate Algebra) and you will automatically be directed to college-level math for additional testing. The better you do in college-level math, the higher your placement level will be.
If you do not do well in algebra: you will automatically be directed to arithmetic. The highest level placement from there on is MATH 95 (Elementary Algebra).
ACCUPLACER placement testing is available Monday-Saturday on a walk-in basis (excluding holidays or campus closures). Please view the hours of operation for all testing Monday through Saturday. Please note that we have a last check-in time that is two hours before we close our doors. This gives you two hours to take your ACCUPLACER placement test or any other testing we offer.
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.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are over 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams. CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering content that many learn in their first two years of college.
By passing a CLEP exam, you can earn 3 to 12 college credits. You must register at least one week in advance. CLEP exams cost $130 each ($45 to TMCC and $89 to CLEP; note: the CLEP portion will increase to $89 on July 1, 2019.)
You must be able to provide a valid government issued photo identification prior to testing and on the day of the exam.
Computerized Adaptive Placement Exams (CAPE) are state-of-the-art computer testing techniques which help accurately and efficiently place students into their first two years of college foreign language courses.
The TMCC Dental Hygiene Pre-Admission Assessment consists of three separate exams: 1) the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam; 2) spatial relation test; and 3) dexterity test.
Please note that the initialSpatial Relation and Dexterity tests must be scheduled at the same time, for a total cost of $38.50; you will pay separately if you re-take one of the pre-admission assessment exams.
Dental Hygiene Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) Exam
The Dental Hygiene HESI exam can be taken three times total, with a four-week waiting period between attempts. The highest score in each category will be accepted.
Anatomy & Physiology (A&P)
Vocabulary and General Knowledge
Learning Styles (not scored for information only)
Personality Style (not scored for information only)
How it's scored:
The Dental Hygiene HESI exam is scored in each of the six categories listed above and given a range of points from 0 to 3 towards total admission points:
Less than 75% = 0 points
75−84% = 1 point
85−91% = 2 points
92−100% = 3 points
What it costs:
Cost for the Dental Hygiene HESI exam is $63.50
HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 4th Ed.
HESI A2 Study Guide 2018/2019: HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Review & Practice Test Questions.
Dental Hygiene Spatial Relation Test
The Dental Hygiene Spatial Relation test can be taken a maximum of two times, with a four-week waiting period between attempts. The highest score will be accepted. It is comprised of 35 multiple-choice items and has a 15-minute time limit.
What it measures:
This test is designed to measure the ability to visualize a three-dimensional geometric object from a two-dimensional shape and to visualize how the object would look if rotated in space. It assesses the applicant’s mechanical-spatial abilities.
What it costs:
Cost for the Dental Hygiene Spatial Relation test is $23.50.
Dental Hygiene Dexterity Test
The Dental Hygiene Dexterity test can be taken a maximum of two times, with a four-week waiting period between attempts. The highest score will be accepted.
What it measures:
This test measures hand-eye coordination and fine motor dexterity. Applicants are required to undertake a series of timed fine motor tasks with the right hand, left hand, both hands, and assembling together bolts, washers and screws on an assembly plate.
What it costs:
Cost for the Dental Hygiene Dexterity test is $18.50.
Dexterity testing is required to complete the application process to enter the Surgical Technologist Program. The dexterity test will measure your fine finger dexterity skills and eye-hand coordination.
TMCC offers two options that correspond to Nevada State standards: the GED® exam, the HISET™ (designed by Educational Testing Services). These assessments cover the same content and allow test-takers to demonstrate proficiency at the academic skills expected by employers and postsecondary institutions. Passing any of the two tests will lead to the same Certificate of High School Equivalency issued by the State of Nevada.
HSE preparation classes are not required to take the HSE test. If you need to take preparation classes to prepare for the GED or HiSET, visit Adult Basic Education for class details.
Online registration is necessary for the GED® and HiSET™ exams, although both exams require the same residency and age restrictions. You must be a Nevada resident to register for any version of the HSE test at TMCC. Nevada's residency policy 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. You may provide the following as proof of residency: a valid Nevada issued photo id, or any other valid government issued photo id along with a current utility bill.
General Educational Development Tests (GED)
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits, costs, tutorials, practice or view frequently asked questions about this test, please visit the GED Testing Service website.
If you need to reschedule or cancel your GED exam, you must call the testing company at 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).
If you are enrolled to take the HiSET and must reschedule or cancel your test, contact us at least three business days in advance of your scheduled test date. If you fail to do so, you will forfeit your testing fee and you must pay to retake your exam.
Official Test Scores
Diploma Sender will mail out transcripts for all HSE test grades in the State of Nevada. The first transcript is free of charge. Contact Diploma Sender to verify your mailing address to ensure you receive your transcripts. If you seek additional transcripts and/or verifications, contact Diploma Sender (these requests may be obtained for a fee). You will be charged $15 if requested online or $21 if requested by phone at 855-313-5799.
For details on classes to prepare for the GED and HiSET tests, see HSE Preparation Program through Adult Basic Education.
Medical Terminology Challenge Test
The Medical Terminology Challenge test consists of 50 items of commonly used medical terms that would be found in a medical office or health care setting. There is a maximum time limit of one hour to complete the exam. Students are only allowed to take the Medical Terminology Test twice.
Cost: The cost of the exam is $50.
Scheduling the Medical Terminology Exam: The Medical Terminology exam is conducted for current TMCC students on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
What to Bring: Applicants will need to present their valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc) and proof of payment for the Medical Terminology exam.
Studying: Any Medical Terminology textbook can be used as a study guide, or you may make use of online resources.
Scoring: The minimum passing score for the Medical Terminology test is 75%. Any applicant who has already taken the exam and received a score below 75% is eligible to retake the exam. Note that the repeat exam is a different version.
Proctored Exams for Non-TMCC Students
Testing Services on the Dandini Campus is available for individuals who need to take a non-TMCC proctored exam. This service is offered by appointment, and students will be charged $30 per hour. TMCC Testing Center will provide students with scratch paper and pencils; all other testing materials are the responsibility of the student.
Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
The appointment form must be completed in full.
You may make appointments lasting up to two hours.
You need to know your instructor's name and class.
You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment.
You will receive a reminder email 24 hours in advance of your appointment.
On the day of your appointment:
Be on time!
Have your photo ID with you (or possibly forfeit your time slot).
TEAS® Exam (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills)
The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The test is intended for use primarily with adult health science program applicant populations. The objectives assessed on ATI TEAS are those which health educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of health science program applicants.
209 Minutes (3.5 hours)
Reading = 64 minutes
Mathematics = 54 minutes
Science = 63 minutes
English = 28 minutes
The TEAS Exam total cost is $118.
TMCC Testing Services charges $60 per student, and you will then be charged an additional $58 for the TEAS Exam itself on test day.