Tests We Offer

If you are a new student, you must submit an application for admission prior to taking any placement test.

Academic Placement Exam (ACCUPLACER)

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).

For more information please contact us.


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.

Admitted TMCC students who wish to take the ACCUPLACER placement test outside of the Reno area must complete and submit the Out-of-Area ACCUPLACER Request form.

Access the free web-based ACCUPLACER Study App (select the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER).

For more information about ACCUPLACER, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternate Pathways for Placement

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.)

Step 1: Register with CLEP: choose and pay for your exam.
Step 2: Schedule your test date and pay for proctoring at least one week in advance.

See what CLEP exams TMCC accepts for credits »

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.

For more information about CAPE, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Dental Hygiene Pre-Admission Assessment

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 initial Spatial 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.

Schedule and pay online for your exams through RegisterBlast.

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.

  • Exam Categories
    • Anatomy & Physiology (A&P)
    • Biology
    • Grammar
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
    • Critical Thinking
    • 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
  • Review texts:
    • 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.

Dexterity testing is offered by appointment only. TMCC charges $30 to administer the test. Schedule and pay online »

For more information, please contact us.

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.

Prior to testing, students must do the following:

  • Complete a TMCC Testing Proctoring Request form.
  • Provide valid government-issued photo identification.
  • Contact the instructor and ensure that the test, password and all instructions are sent to TMCC's Testing Center.
  • If your test requires a computer program to be downloaded, please contact us.

Proctored Exams for TMCC Online Courses

For Students: How to Schedule Proctoring Center Appointments

If you've never scheduled a proctoring appointment before, you'll need to register first.

Schedule Your Appointment Online

  • 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.

Time Limit

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.


  1. Schedule and pay for your testing time (Schedule an Exam)
  2. Choose a group: Proctored (Non-TMCC Exam)
  3. Choose an exam: ATI TEAS Exam
  4. Go to ATI Testing and create an account. Please bring your username and password with you on test day.
  5. Be sure to bring a valid government-issued photo ID and a credit card to purchase the TEAS Exam.
  6. Each individual must purchase their own testing reservation.

Note: once the TEAS Exam is purchased, there are no refunds.