Placement at NMC refers to the math and English courses that are the best fit for you to begin your academic plan.
We can determine your placement by considering your high school GPA, SAT, ACT or GED test scores, previous college courses and college credit, or the Accuplacer placement exam.
Placement is important because 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. 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.
Determining Your Placement
We can determine your placement in English with any of the following:
If you don’t meet any of the above criteria, you will complete a self-survey and writing sample that will be evaluated by our English faculty. Information on completing the survey and writing sample will be emailed to you when you sign up for your new student orientation.
We can determine your placement in math with any of the following:
If you don’t meet any of the above criteria, you will take the Accuplacer placement exam. Learn more about the Accuplacer placement exam here »
* ACT scores must be less than five (5) years old
dual enroll & early college students
High school students who are planning to dual enroll or take NMC classes as part of an early college program need to demonstrate college-readiness in math and/or English before enrolling in most courses. High school students can demonstrate readiness through all of the methods listed above.
The GPA requirement for college readiness in English is a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher when at least three semesters of high school have been completed. Students who have not yet completed three semesters of high school may complete the English Placement Self-Survey and Writing Sample upon the recommendation of an NMC academic advisor.