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Testing Services at Colorado Mountain College

Check with your local Colorado Mountain College Counselor for help with your specific testing needs. The following section summarizes those services. 

 American College Testing (ACT)

The ACT is used as an entrance requirement by many colleges.  All registration for ACT is handled through the ACT website at www.act.org. 

 Accuplacer Assessment

Accuplacer is an assessment tool used by CMC to determine the appropriate level at which students will be placed in mathematics, reading and English prior to registration.  If a student has not taken a standardized test, ACT or SAT, or does not have prior college-level coursework, they are encouraged to seek assistance from an Advisor or College Counselor for Accuplacer review options and study guide resources.  Research on Colorado's assessment programs indicate that new students who follow assessment-related advice have a much higher chance of academic success than those who do not follow such advice.   

CMC uses the Accuplacer Placement Test prior to registration to determine student's academic skills in mathematics, reading and English.  Exclusions for taking the test include:

  • You have an ACT test score of 18 in English, a score of 17 in reading or a score of 23 for math.  The ACT test must have been completed within five years of registration. 
  •  You have an SAT test score of 440 for English, a score of 430 for reading or a score of 460 for math.  The SAT test must have been completed within five years of registration. 
  •  You have previously taken an Accuplacer test and have a score of 85 in Elementary Algebra, a score of 95 (plus a score of 80 for Reading) in English or a score of 80 for Reading.  The Accuplacer test must have been completed within five years of registration. 
  •  You have successfully completed the equivalent course to English 121 or Math 121 at a previous college with a grade of C- or better. 
  •  You have taken and successfully passed a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test or Advanced Placement examinations for math and English. 

New students who are required to test must fill out the CMC Applicatoin 48 hours in advance of testing.  The Worldwide Web offers review options and study guide resources for you to utilize before you take your test in Mathematics, English or Reading.  The untimed Accuplacer Placement test in an adaptive tool, which allows you to take your time and do your best.  While personal calculators are not allowed for the test, Accuplacer has a pre-programmed pop-up calculator for you to use on appropriate math questions.  

Students are to pay the non-refundable testing fees ($10 per single acadmic unit or $30 for all three tests) at their campus prior to scheduling their placement test.  Please make every effort to arrive 15 minutes early for the test.  After the test begins, late comers will need to reschedule their test to a different time.  

 To set up a time to take the Accuplacer assessment, please call a counselor at the campus you plan to attend. They will help you get started.

Campus/Site

Contact Name

Contact Email

Phone Number

Aspen

Cody Chamberlain

cachamberlain@coloradomtn.edu

970-925-7740 ext. 2424

Breckenridge

Jean Kramlich

jkramlich@coloradomtn.edu

970-453-6757 ext. 2619

Chaffee County

Jody Latchaw

jlatchaw@coloradomtn.edu

719-395-2203

Carbondale

Debra Burleigh

dburleigh@coloradomtn.edu

970-963-2306

Dillon

Dawn Zoni

dzoni@coloradomtn.edu

970-468-5989 ext. 2806

Glenwood Springs

Debra Arnold

darnold@coloradomtn.edu

970-947-8480

Leadville

Connie Lugeanbeal

clugeanbeal@coloradomtn.edu

719-486-4237

Rifle

Robin Dove

rdove@coloradomtn.edu

970-625-6926

Spring Valley

Jen Brennan,
Lisa Runck

jbrennan@coloradomtn.edu
lrunck@coloradomtn.edu

970-947-8275
970-947-8221

Steamboat Springs

Amy Phillips

alphillips@coloradomtn.edu

970-870-4455

Vail/Eagle Valley

Larry Dutmer,
Marianne Looby

ldutmer@coloradomtn.edu
mlooby@coloradomtn.edu

970-569-2915
970-569-2917

Retesting

For all portions of the Accuplacer, students may retest once per subject per semester, providing documentation of review of subject matter prior to retesting and wait a period of one week after taking their last test.  Students must again pay the non-refundable testing fees ($10 per single academic unit or $30 for all three tests) at their campus prior to scheduling their placement test. 

Reading and English tests may be retaken once per subject per semester after students review of the subject matter and after the student has paid the $10 per subject retest fee. Students must wait a minimum of one week to retest. The highest score is used.

For mathematics, a student may retest once per semester after reviewing the subject matter and after the student has paid the $10 per subject retest fee. Once a student has begun their math course sequence, they may not retake the Accuplacer to skip or place into a higher course. However, with permission from their math faculty or an advisor, they may take an alternative math placement exam.

The assessment/placement tests measure current academic skills in particular subject areas. Since current academic skill is at least in part dependent upon recency and current experience, placement test scores will be valid for no longer than two calendar years from the date of the test. Students who wish to enroll into courses in the placement disciplines will need to retest if their scores are more than two years old and they have not already taken a course in the discipline. Students who has have satisfactorily completed a course in the discipline may enroll in the next course in the sequence without retesting.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams allow you to earn credit by examination.  See the awarded vs. earned credit section of this catalog for more informaiton. 

There are five General Examinations (English composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and history) and over 30 Subject Examinations.  You may earn from one to six semester hours of credit for satisfactory scores on each exam.  See your Student Services Counselor to discuss your CLEP options and associated fees. 

General Educational Development

The GED exam consists of five tests (writing skills, social studies, science, reading and mathematics).

After successfully completing the exam, you will receive a Colorado High School Equvalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education.  In addition to preparing students for the GED, Colorado Mountain College offers a combination English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation program at many campus locations.  Check with your local CMC site to see if the GED in Spanish is given. 

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level analytic ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies.  Most of the analogies on the MAT are verbal analogies, and a few are quantitative.  The test consists of 100 partial analogies that are to be completed in 50 minutes. 

Contact List of Educational Assessment Tests

The table below lists contact information for several educational assessment tests.  Many of these are offered at a Colorado Mountain College location.  Some of these tests are offered via computer.  

*Hosted at a Colorado Mountain College location.  Call testing organization or check their website for time and campus.

 Test Registration Phone Website
 ACT*319-337-1270 www.act.org
 GED CMC Counselor www.coloradomtn.edu
 GMAT 800-717-4628 www.gmat.org
 GRE 900-290-5992 www.gre.org
 LSAT* 215-968-1001 www.lsat.org
 PLACE 413-256-2885 www.place.nesinc.com
 TOEFL 609-921-9000 www.toefl.org
 SAT* 690-921-9000 www.sat.org
 CLEP CMC Counselor www.collegeboard.org