Placement Testing

Appropriate course placement is important to your success at Mountwest.

Mountwest encourages new students to take the Accuplacer Placement exams. The results of the assessment are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine course selection. Students who have taken the ACT or SAT in the past five years and have the following scores may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer:

  • Math: 19 ACT/460 SAT
  • English: 18 ACT/450 SAT
  • Reading: 17 ACT/420 SAT

The following Compass scores can also be used to determine placement:

  • Math:
    • 59 Pre-Algebra
    • 36 Algebra
  • English: 92
  • Reading: 30

Additionally, students who are transferring in a 100-level math and/or English credits from an accredited college will not be required to take the placement exam.

This assessment is NOT “pass” or “fail.” It is important that you do your very best on these tests so that you have a correct measure of your academic skills. The exam helps ensure correct placement in mathematics, English and reading. Accuplacer exams consist of math, primarily Algebra; and English, which includes an essay; and reading, which focuses on reading comprehension.

Tests are offered by appointment only. 

To schedule an appointment, contact the Testing Center at
(304) 710.3395, or
For additional information, please contact Jamie Bayne at (304)
710.3465, or

Mountwest encourages students to review sample questions on the ACCUPLACER Web site before taking the placement assessment.

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