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Placement at NMC

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are looking for alternative solutions for math placement. If you need to take the math placement test, please fill out the form here »

What is my Placement?

Placement is a tool used by NMC to check the academic skill level of incoming students and place them into the correct level courses Most students will have placement upon acceptance at NMC (see below to find how your placement was determined).

  • Placement is important - it determines where you start in your math and English coursework.
  • Placing into more advanced courses can save you time and money by allowing you to skip over beginner courses.
  • If you placed into Pre-College level math, we encourage you to take the Accuplacer Next Gen placement exam to try to improve your placement.
  • Of course, if you need a refresher on math or English skills, your placement will ensure that you do not start in a course that puts you in over your head.

You can check your math and English placement by logging in to Self Service here. Select “Student Records” and then “View Your Academic Transcript”.

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    • Placement Transcript

Where do I take the Math placement test?

Placement testing is done at the Student Success Center during the center's regular business hours on a walk-in basis. See Placement Testing for more information.

How can I prepare for the math placement?

Studying or brushing up on your skills prior to testing can save you valuable time and money in college. Prepare for your math placement using these free resources: Accuplacer Study App and Khan Academy.

What do my scores mean for placement?

What math and English classes might I take at NMC?

The math and/or English you take with NMC depends on your program of study/major. For most degree programs at NMC, you will need to complete either MTH111 - Intermediate Algebra or MTH120 - Mathematical Explorations. Here is the math class progression (each class is one semester long):

Math Placement

How is Placement determined?


We can determine your placement in English with any of the following:

  1. High School GPA (with three semesters completed)
  2. ACT scores of 18+ in English and 19+ in Reading
  3. SAT scores of 480+ in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  4. GED score of 175+
  5. Transfer credits in English from another school, or a CLEP or AP exam

You may also request a writing sample and survey to determine your placement if you:

  • Have graduated from high school with a 3.0 or higher
  • Graduated from high school more than 3 years ago (with any GPA)
  • Are not a dual enrolled student or early college student

Email to request.

English Course Placement Chart »


We can determine your placement in math with any of the following:

  1. High School GPA (for high school graduates within last 5 years)
  2. ACT scores* of 21+ in math (within 5 years)
  3. SAT scores** of 530+ in math (within 5 years)
  4. Transfer credits in math from another school, or a CLEP or AP exam

** 2016 SAT or later

We encourage you to try to improve your placement by taking the Accuplacer Next Gen placement exam. This is a no-risk option, we will always use your highest placement. Learn more about the Accuplacer placement exam here »

* ACT scores and high school GPA must be less than five (5) years old

Math Course Placement Chart »

Questions? Contact the Academic & Career Advising Center at (231) 995-1040.

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