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. 

Placement criteria can be located in the current College Catalog or as seen here:

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. 
  • A student who does not achieve the desired placement score on the initial test may be given a chance to retest in two weeks (14 days) from their initial test date.
  • It is recommended that test takers allow at least one week of practice for each test subject.
  • Mountwest allows students a maximum of two attempts for each ACCUPLACER exam.
  • The first exam is provided at no-cost to admitted Mountwest Students.  A retake may be administered for a $10 fee payable to the Cashier’s office.

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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