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North Central offers ACCUPLACER® by appointment at each of our sites.


Petoskey (231) 348-6682 | Gaylord (989) 705-3775 | Cheboygan (231) 597-0322

ACCUPLACER® measures the level of ability in reading, writing and math. North Central uses ACCUPLACER® to determine which level a person will need for each course assessed. Preparation courses may be necessary prior to taking credit bearing courses.

Any person with a disability may request accommodations by calling Learning Support Services in Petoskey at (231) 348-6817.


When should the ACCUPLACER® or a Placement Assessment be taken?

ACCUPLACER® is needed for students who do not have a high school transcript, SAT or ACT score.

  • For Math placement, both ACCUPLACER® Reading and Math are needed.

  • For English placement, highest scores from high school transcripts, SAT or ACT are used.  If you do not have placement scores, a North Central writing assessment is used.

Sample questions and test-taking tips are available at the official ACCUPLACER® site: (select the CLASSIC version).


Additional preparation may be found at:

ACCUPLACER® subjects are Reading, Math and Writing.  Assessments required are determined on an individual basis.  The average testing time for any section is approximately 1 hour; however, unlimited time is allowed for reading and math.  A picture ID is required. The scores obtained and placement into North Central classes are issued when the ACCUPLACER® assessment is completed.

Retesting: If you feel the placement does not reflect your skill level, you may retest any portion of ACCUPLACER® for a $10 fee one additional time in a 12 month period. 


ACCUPLACER® is required of all entering students except the following:

  • Students with ACT, SAT, COMPASS® or ACCUPLACER® scores on file at North Central.

  • Guest students from other colleges.

  • Pursuing “personal Interest” PE 116 OR 216 and not taking math or English. 

  • Students who have on file at North Central proof of 15 or more transfer credit hours, including appropriate English and mathematics credits for placement.

  • Prior College experience is evaluated on an individual basis.