The Accuplacer placement exam tests your skills in reading, sentence skills (English) and Math, to determine which classes you are prepared to take.


(505) 224-3244

Main Campus Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

8:00am to 5:00pm

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*not all exams offered on Saturday, please call for availability.

Before You Take the Accuplacer

Meet with an academic coach to discuss your placement options if you have:

  • Graduated high school with a diploma and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Taken an ACT and/or SAT
  • Scored level 4 or 5 on the PARCC at grade 11
  • Completed college coursework at another institution

About the Accuplacer Exam

  • The exam is computer based
  • Completely free
  • Results are given upon completion of the exam
  • The exam is given at any CNM Assessment Center on a walk-in basis (except the Workforce Training Center)
  • The exam is self-paced and is not timed
  • On average, the exam takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete
  • Re-test as many times as you like
  • Paper and pencil version “Companion” exam is available, and takes 2.5 to 3 hours to complete
  • It is highly encouraged that CNM students first apply to the college


  • Textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators, and paper are not allowed in the testing room
  • Children or other visitors are not allowed in the testing room
  • Anyone who gives or receives help during the tests, uses notes, books of any kind, will not be allowed to continue the test
  • No test materials or notes may be removed from the test room
  • CNM may cancel any test score if there is reason to question the validity of the test scores
  • Wait 24 hours to take the exam again

Prepare for the Accuplacer Exam

We suggest that you take a practice Accuplacer exam and follow these general testing tips.

You can also review the Accuplacer Handouts page.

Accuplacer Placement Score Guide

Access the Accuplacer Placement Score Guide.

Accuplacer for Distance Learning Students

If you are taking Distance Learning courses and are located outside the Albuquerque Metro area, follow these steps to test in your local area:

  • Find a local test center willing to give an exam for another college (try a local community college as they are often willing to help; payment may be needed)
  • Check to see if they can give exams that require a computer with internet access
  • Complete the form below and fax it to (505) 224-3258
  • Wait for an email reply from CNM before taking the test

Accuplacer Distance Location Form

Request SAT/ACT scores

Visit the SAT or ACT website to request a copy of your test scores to be sent to CNM.