Testing Services

Marshalltown Community College offers testing services to students and alumni through the MCC Admissions Office.

Testing (ACCUPLACER-Next Generation) – MCC uses ACCUPLACER-Next Generation (the newest version) to provide an assessment of your basic academic skills to help you and your advisor choose courses and plan your educational program. Included in the exam are tests in Writing, Reading, and Mathematics. ACCUPLACER is user friendly with no time limit, and our staff is here to help (click here for information about Accommodations for Disabilities).  ACCUPLACER-Next Generation study materials are available online at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/next-generation. Results are generated immediately following completion of the test. The MCC Academic Advising Specialists will interpret the results individually and your scores will go in your file in the Admissions Office. (There is also a version for students whose first language is not English.

IVCCD has a mandatory placement policy which means the results of your test will determine which classes you may take in certain subjects.  Please refer to the ACCUPLACER-Next Generation Cut-Off Score Chart to see where you place. Your advisor or the Academic Advising Specialists can help interpret your scores if needed. There are re-testing and appeal options if you feel your scores do not accurately reflect your abilities. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

To request that your test scores be forwarded to another college or university, complete the Test Score Request Form.

CLEP Testing – The CLEP (College Level Examination Program) offers a wide range of college level exams, for which a student may receive college credit. If you have acquired knowledge through experience or prior academic learning that may be equivalent to college level courses, Marshalltown Community College offers the opportunity to get credit for that knowledge. CLEP is administered on the computer and is available for students from any college or university. There is a study guide with sample tests available for review at MCC’s Library. More details about CLEP testing at MCC are available by downloading the MCC CLEP Policy. You can also visit CLEP’s website at www.collegeboard.com/clep.

Visit the website for the most current exam cost (payable to CLEP), plus a $75 MCC test administration fee (payable to IVCCD); additional charges may be made depending on the number of CLEP credits earned. CLEP is given by appointment only. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

ACT Testing – Marshalltown Community College serves as a National Testing Center for the ACT test. Testing takes place on Saturday mornings beginning at 8 am and ending at noon; visit the website for the most current exam cost for the basic ACT test. ACT study guides are available in the MCC Library. For more information you can also visit the ACT website at www.act.org.

Kuder Career Planning System – The Kuder Career Planning System is an innovative, internet-based system combining scientific interests, skills, and work values assessments along with comprehensive educational and occupational databases. The Kuder system is backed by over 65 years of research. The internet based delivery system allows for students to take the assessment at home or on campus. The assessments are brief, results are provided immediately, and the occupational databases provide very current and up to date information. Access to the system is free to MCC students and a counselor is available to help interpret results. For a Kuder user name and access code, contact the MCC Admissions Office. Once you have the user name and access code, Kuder is online at www.kuderjourney.com.

Dental Professional Testing – The Iowa Board of Dental Examiners has authorized Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley Community College District to administer certification exams of Dental Jurisprudence, Dental Hygiene Jurisprudence, Dental Assistant Radiography/Radiography, Dental Assistant Infection Control/Hazardous Materials, and Dental Assistant Jurisprudence. The administrative fee is $20 per exam with most tests lasting an hour. Contact Jon Nunez at the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center for more information or to register.

Job Fairs – Each year Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Continuing Education and Buena Vista University host a Job Fair, usually the first Wednesday in April on the MCC campus. About 50 employers set up booths, giving students and area residents an opportunity to meet and discuss potential opportunities. Workshops are also offered. Watch here for information about the next job fair in the spring.