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Placement Testing & CELSA

Important! Changes to placement testing schedule as of January 16, 2019!

In order to provide the best customer service, we are returning to appointments only (at the main campus).  Downtown and Southbridge testing will still be walk-in.  For your convenience, we are adding evening appointments. 

Reminder: New Tests

As of September 13, 2018, QCC is using our own math test (QMAT) and the new Accuplacer (Next Generation) English tests.

  • Math scores will remain valid for two years, regardless of which test was taken.
  • English scores on or after 9/13/18 will be valid for two years.  English scores before that date – please speak with an advisor before retesting or registering for classes.

Note: the new English tests are more time-consuming.  You may not be able to finish all the tests in one session.  Please plan accordingly.  If you need to take math, reading, sentence, and essay, you may want to make two appointments.

Placement testing is provided to students who are interested in attending QCC.

All new and currently enrolled students are required to take the Placement Test before registering for English and mathematics courses and courses requiring a prerequisite of English or math.

The Placement Test is a computerized test that helps determine the appropriate level at which students should begin their mathematics and English courses. The test is not timed, and the majority of the questions are multiple-choice. Students can choose to take the entire test (English and mathematics) during one testing period, or take the English and mathematics tests at different times. The entire test takes approximately two and a half hours.  An Academic Advisor will use the results to help students select the appropriate courses during registration.

CELSA: Students for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) may also take a computerized assessment test. The CELSA test requires a student to complete a story or conversation by choosing the correct answer.  It is a timed test of 45 minutes.

Prepare for your test

You should be prepared for testing. This test will determine which classes you will take, so you want to do your best. 

Also, please note the following rules and requirements:

  1. You must have a current photo ID when you come to test. If you are under 18, you will also need a parent or guardian with you at check-in.
  2. If you are not in our system, we will need to create a record for you. 
  3. If you need accommodations for testing, please contact our Disabilities Services Office at 508.854.4471 BEFORE making an appointment for testing.

Schedule a Placement test or CELSA test at one of our three locations:

  • QCC Worcester Campus - 670 West Boylston Street, room 376A, Worcester
  • QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center - 25 Federal Street, room 114D, Worcester
  • QCC Southbridge - 5 Optical Drive, room 102, Southbridge

Test Score Request Form

If you need your scores sent to another school, download the Request Form. Please make sure to fill it out completely and to sign it. Return as indicated at the bottom of the form.