Testing Center


Who should take the ACCUPLACER test?

The ACCUPLACER test is administered to all full-time students, part-time students enrolled in six or more credit hours, and transfer students who have not successfully completed a college-level mathematics or English course. Students who have satisfactorily completed English Composition and a college-level math course, or students who have received ACT/SAT scores within the past five years, may be exempt. Students must submit official copies for the ASSET/ACCUPLACER/COMPASS in order to be waived.

When is the ACCUPLACER administered?

The ACCUPLACER is administered on a daily basis. The last ACCUPLACER test for the day will begin three hours before the Testing Center closes. Call the Testing Center at 402-844-7281 or 402-844-7708; email testing@northeast.edu; or stop by the Testing Center in the College Welcome Center, Room 1252 or Room 1256, to schedule a date and time to test. Testing arrangements should be made in advance before starting your program/major.

Is the ACCUPLACER timed?

The ACCUPLACER is a comprehensive computer-adaptive test. The time required to complete the test varies according to each individual’s needs and abilities.

Is it possible to fail the assessment?

The ACCUPLACER is not a pass/fail test. The scores will identify students’ strengths and needs, and will be used for initial placement in English and math courses. Students are permitted to take the ACCUPLACER test twice a semester, and their scores will be good for five years.

Which skill areas does ACCUPLACER evaluate?

ACCUPLACER evaluates skills in the following areas: reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college-level math. Each test subject may contain the following:

Reading Comprehension

  • Identifying Main Ideas
  • Direct Statements and Secondary or Supporting Ideas
  • Inferences
  • Applications

Sentence Skills

  • Recognizing Complete Sentences
  • Coordination and Subordination
  • Clear Sentence Logic


  • Basic Math Skills
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Percentages

Elementary Algebra

  • Integers and Rationals
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Equations, Inequalities, and Word Problems

College-Level Math

  • Algebraic Operations
  • Solution of Equations and Inequalities
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Applications and Other Algebra Topics
  • Functions
  • Trigonometry

What should the student bring?

Students must bring a current photo ID. Personal calculators are not permitted. However, ACCUPLACER will enable a built-in calculator if it is required for the math problem(s).

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Current student ID
  • Current driver’s license
  • State approved ID
  • Current state or federal ID card
  • Current passport or passport card
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card

Testing Center Guidelines

Test taking tips for the ACCUPLACER test

How much does the ACCUPLACER test cost?

The ACCUPLACER is provided free of charge for any high school student or any student who has applied for admission to Northeast Community College. If a student needs to retake any portion of the ACCUPLACER, Northeast Community College will charge a $10 retake fee. If the student plans to attend another college/institution, Northeast Community College will charge a $25 testing fee in order to send the test results to another institution.

If Northeast Community College proctors a Remote ACCUPLACER for another institution, a $25 fee will be assessed. Students with disabilities who are required to take the ACCUPLACER and plan on attending Northeast Community College may require reasonable accommodations (modifications, auxiliary aids, assistive technology). In order to have equal access to programs and services offered, please contact the Director of Disability Services at (402) 844-7343. Documentation regarding a student’s disability is required.