The ACCUPLACER test is an untimed, multiple choice computerized test with an essay section. Students must have applied to or registered at Northern before they can take the ACCUPLACER test. There is no need to make an appointment — testing is done on a walk-in basis in the Student Success Center.

Please download the Accuplacer Study Guide or visit for more information about the test.  Test Prep guides are available at the Student Success Center and the Advisement Center. The placement test for English will include both the Sentence Skills AND the WritePlacer assessments.

Note: Effective January 1, 2017, there will be $12 fee for retakes of the Accuplacer Placement Test. The first attempt of the entire test will be free of charge, but each remaining attempt will require a receipt of $12 payment from the Cashier's office before students are able to retake any portion of the test.

Questions about placement testing? Contact Diana Garcia, 505.747.2154 or

Test Rules
  • Students may not take any personal belongings with them into the test.
  • Once students start the test, it must be completed during that session.
  • Students are not allowed to talk during the test.
  • If students are suspected of cheating, their test may be stopped.
  • Students must wait until the next day to take another placement test.
How to Prepare
  • —Test Prep guides are available from the Student Success Center and the Advisement Center.
  • We recommend students study this packet before testing.
  • Bring a picture ID on the day you come in to test.
  • The testing center provides everything you need to take the test. We recommend testers limit personal belongings brought in.
Basic Strategies for Taking a Test
  • Study, Study, Study – but not on the day of the test!
  • Affirm your knowledge, skills, and calmness before falling asleep.
  • Get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast.
  • During the test, reread and pay careful attention to all directions.
  • Take your time. This is not a timed test!
  • Make sure you read the word problems thoroughly.
  • Remember to breathe, chew gum if you like (it may help!)
  • Keep a positive attitude!

Note: Effective Dec. 1, 2016, NNMC will no longer be administering the COMPASS placement test. We will continue to accept ACT and SAT scores for placement purposes, and previously taken COMPASS tests will be accepted if the testing date is less than two years old.

Advisement/Testing Center
Phone: (505) 747-2154
Testing Hours:
Monday–Friday, 9 am-12 pm & 3-5 pm
Location: Admin 252

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