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ACCUPLACER ESL is a multiple-choice format (except for WritePlacer, the written essay assessment). There’s no time limit. Questions are presented based on individual's skill level. The response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give each question as much thought as possible before selecting an answer.

MDC Local Tests 1 and 2
Two tests comprised of 10 and 20 questions measure a student’s basic English grammar and vocabulary competency through recognition items.

ESL Reading Skills - Practice Sample Questions
The test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

ESL Language Use - Practice Sample Questions
The test is comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences.

WritePlacer ESL (Written Essay) - Practice Sample Questions
The test measures the ability to write effectively. The writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. The score is based on the ability to express, organize and support opinions and ideas, not the position taken on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus: The clarity with which the main idea or point of view is maintained
  • Organization: The clarity with which the response is structured and presented in a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support: The extent to which ideas are elaborated and the extent to which supporting details are presented
  • Sentence Structure: The effectiveness of the sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which the writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

For more information please visit the CollegeBoard website.

The ACCUPLACER ESL is used for the following:

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Retest Procedure:

ACCUPLACER ESL scores are valid for one year. If a student does not use these scores for course placement during that time, retesting will be required. For initial placement, students may retest once on the ACCUPLACER ESL test battery, beginning with Reading Skills, or they can retake WritePlacer ESL alone. A retesting fee will apply. Students may not retest on the Local Test sections. Retesting must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester. Students who have already begun EAP instruction may be referred for retesting on an individual basis by the department chairperson.


Hialeah Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Homestead Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
R 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Padrón Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kendall Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Medical Testing By Online Appointments 
M, T, W, R, F
Varies by date
MEEC Testing By Online Appointments W Varies by date
North Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
West Testing Walk-in basis M, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
T 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wolfson Testing Walk-in basis M, T, W, R 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Note: Examinees must be checked-in and seated by the time scheduled in order to begin the test. Examinees will then have adequate time to finish the test in a reasonable period or within the Hours of Operation.


Auxiliary Aids and Modifications

Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

Under certain circumstances, arrangements for auxiliary aids and modifications are permissible. The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and experiences for candidates with documented disabilities. These services can include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive or assistive technology
  • Note takers
  • and more

An ACCESS representative can help eligible candidates identify and arrange for accommodations that ensure success.

Instructions for Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

  1. Candidate presents documentation to ACCESS department.
  2. ACCESS department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. ACCESS department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.


     PAY▼ FEE▼
(Beginning Fall 2016)
First attempt for placement no charge.
Placement purposes (retakes). MDC $20
Remote Testing (Technology Supported) - MDC students taking an ACCUPLACER ESL administration via Examity/B Virtual - Excludes the cost of the test and cost of Examity/B Virtual Proctoring Fee. MDC $20
Remote Placement Testing for Other Institutions This fee is used for testing examinees from other institutions or agencies or for employment purposes - e.g. ACCUPLACER, ALEKS, CSP, PERT, TABE, Wisconsin Placement Exams. Maximum scheduled administration time is three hours. Plus $15.00 for each additional hour or fraction thereof. This fee includes sending scores to other institutions or agencies (all attempts). 
Note: This fee is not used for course related testing such as Distance Learning Examinations.
MDC $45 
Score Report Official score reports to examinees, another institution, or an agency (all requests). Must fill-in and submit a Test Scores Release Form. For remote requests select and submit the form to District location.
Note: Remote requests are to pay the fee online via the following link Test Score Report.
MDC $10
Note: Testing fees are subject to change.
MDC testing fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Examinees testing at Kendall and Wolfson must pick up a payment form at the Testing Center and submit it to the Bursar's Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. Examinees testing at North must complete a payment form from the Bursar's Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. The testing fee payment can be made with cash, money order, or credit/debit card. Make sure to save the receipt for proof of payment.

MDC administers the test at:

Hialeah Testing
1780 W. 49 Street
Room 1220-01
Hialeah, FL 33012
Hialeah Map
(305) 237-8791
(305) 237-8846

Homestead Testing
500 College Terrace
Room A114
Homestead, FL 33030
Homestead Map
(305) 237-5105
(305) 237-5213
Padrón Testing
627 SW 27 Avenue
Room 1217
Miami, FL 33135
Padrón Map
(305) 237-6041
(305) 237-6207
Kendall Testing
11011 SW 104 Street
Building R, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33176
Kendall Map
(305) 237-2341
(305) 237-0679
Medical Testing
950 NW 20 Street
Room 1303
Miami, FL 33127
Medical Map
(305) 237-4275
(305) 237-4347
MEEC Testing
6300 NW 7th Avenue
Room 1101
Miami, FL 33150
(305) 237-1909
(305) 237-1903
(305) 237-1908
North Testing
11380 NW 27 Avenue 
Room 1160
Miami, FL 33167
North Map
(305) 237-1015
(305) 237-1889
West Testing
3800 NW 115 Avenue
Room 2110 
Doral, FL 33178
West Map
(305) 237-8979
(305) 237-4951
Wolfson Testing
300 NE 2 Avenue
Room 3104
Miami, FL 33132
Wolfson Map
(305) 237-3011
(305) 237-7622

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
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disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.