Accuplacer Test

The Accuplacer Test is administered Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Enrollment Center 

  • You can schedule a test session using the link to the right
  • Or, we accept walk-ins based on availability
  • The last testing time starts at 3:30PM. 
  • Please note: A photo ID is required to take the Accuplacer Test. No exceptions can be made to this policy.

**On Tuesday's during the summer the Enrollment Center is open until 7:00pm.  Students can start the test as late as 5:00pm**

Students are highly encouraged to prepare for the Accuplacer test by taking a practice version which provides instant feedback and can be accessed online.  For more information, email: and ask for the practice test.

To verify if you need to take the Accuplacer test, please call the Admissions and Enrollment Center at 616-234-3300.

The admissions requirements are: An ACT subscore of 18 or higher in each category of math, reading and English, plus a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher; or 12 college credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Students who do not meet these requirements need to take the Accuplacer test in each category in which their scores are under 18.  All students who are below a 2.0 GPA in high school or college must take the full Accuplacer test.  Students need to apply for admissions to GRCC before taking the Accuplacer.  If you have not applied, please go to to fill out our application.


What is the Accuplacer placement test?

The Accuplacer is a computerized test that students who plan to attend GRCC take to assess their skill levels in math, reading and English. The Accuplacer is not a pass or fail, but rather an assessment to help you and your counselor determine which classes will best enable you to achieve your academic goals.

GRCC strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to students of all abilities. If you need any assistance or accommodation in completing any components of the admissions, financial aid, orientation, or enrollment processes, please contact us and let us know (, 616-234-3106). In addition, the GRCC's Disability Support Services are available to assist students. Visit the Disability Support Services web page for more details.

What subjects does the Accuplacer Test cover?

Reading Comprehension This test contains 22 questions. Some ask you to decide how two sentences are related. Questions are answered after reading passages of various lengths.

Writing The essay test asks for the type of academic writing you are likely to experience as part of your college coursework.

Math (Elementary Algebra, Arithmetic) Students will take at least one and possibly both of the 14-19 question Math tests.

Who needs to take the Accuplacer Test?

  • High School Graduates (GPA below 2.0) – You are required to take all sections of the Accuplacer test if your high school GPA is below 2.0.
  • High School Graduates (GPA 2.0 or higher) – If your ACT score is below 18 for reading, English, or math you are required to take the corresponding Accuplacer test. For example, you score a 17 on math, a 16 on English and a 22 on the reading poritions of the ACT, you would need to take the math and writing Accuplacer tests.
  • College Transfer Students – Individuals who have applied to GRCC with a College Transcript, but do not have a 2.0 overall GPA with at least 12 credits earned will be required to take all portions of the Accuplacer.
  • GED Students – Individuals who have submitted a GED as a part of the GRCC application must complete all components of the Accuplacer test before being admitted to GRCC.

Score Reporting

When you have completed the tests, you will see a report of your scores on the screen and you will receive a printed report of your scores. You will also receive recommended courses for you to enroll in.

To request scores for another institution, please fill out our Accuplacer Record Release Form.

FastTrack Program

Did you place in one of the following courses?
You may be able to skip:
English 97, Math 95/97/98 or Reading 97/98.

Qualifying Accuplacer Scores:

Fast Track:
English: 1-4
Algebra: 41-75
Arithmetic: 30-120
Reading: 33-70.4

FREE Three-Week Session!
For more information please follow the link to our FastTrack Website.
Save $600 (in-district) or $1,200 (out-of-district) in tuition and books!

Mandatory Placement

The English and Math courses you are placed in are required to be completed before you will be able to register for any other English or Math courses. Reading is a recommended placement. Re-testing is allowed but there is a fee of $20.00 to retake the test. A one-week period must pass before a re-test is permitted.

Students who have placed into 2 or more AFP classes (EN 097, MA 095, RD 097, RD 098) are required to take PY 100 their first semester at GRCC. Student who place into PY 100 will have a registration hold and must register through a counselor. The student needs to complete PY 100 with a grade of C- or higher before their registration hold is lifted.


Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will only be provided to The College Board and to Grand Rapids Community College. The information may be used for counseling, advisement and placement purposes only.

Test Locations and Times

Please note: A photo ID is required to take the Accuplacer Test. No exceptions!

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • A current driver's license
  • A state approved ID
  • A college ID
  • A current passport
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Grand Rapids Campus – Enrollment Center
Main Building - 1st Floor
143 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503 (616) 234-3300

Walk-in testing available — no appointment required. First come, first serve basis. Children are not allowed in the testing area, nor can they be left unattended while you take the test. Please make arrangements prior to your test date. Free parking is available the day you test in the student parking ramps.

Lakeshore Campus – Holland
Lakeshore Campus Website
6364 136th Avenue
Holland MI 49424 616-234-2200
Free parking is available
Please call to schedule an appointment

Off-site Accuplacer Testing

Accuplacer testing can be done at another institution. It is the student's responsibility to find a school that will administer the test. If a school is found and you choose this option, an Accuplacer Remote Testing Request Form must be completed and submitted. Please allow two business days to process your request.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Accuplacer Placement Test, feel free to call the Accuplacer Placement Testing Office at 616-234-4865 or the Enrollment Center at 616-234-3300.