Used for course placement and meeting prerequisites.

The Accuplacer is a course placement tool that assesses your skills in reading and math to determine which classes you are prepared to take.

The Accuplacer is not a pass or fail test. Preparing for and doing well on the Accuplacer can save you time and money by testing into higher-level classes.

For non-math placement, students can also take the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) instead of the Accuplacer. It can be taken from your cell phone. Go to

Other Ways to Place Into a Course (How to Meet a Course Prerequisite)

What is a course prerequisite?

*Attention: Unofficial transcripts can be used for course placement for the Fall term. Please share your transcripts with your Academic Coach for placement assistance.

  1. Graduate high school with a conferred diploma and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, within the last 5 years (Math Accuplacer still required).
  2. Take the free Accuplacer placement exam at the CNM Assessment Center. Review the Placement Exam Score Guide.
  3. Submit official ACT, SAT, or TOEFL scores to any CNM Admissions Office.
  4. Take the Directed Self-Placement tool (Math Accuplacer still required).
  5. Take a placement or challenge exam for Biology, BCIS 1110 (IC3 or CLEP), Spanish or French.
  6. Enroll in the required prerequisite course and pass it with a grade of CR or C or higher.
  7. Complete the required prerequisite course at another institution with a grade of C or higher (official transcript must be on file at CNM Records Office).*
  8. Have PARCC Scores of 4 or 5 at grade 11 for Math Skills 4 and/or Reading & Writing Skills 2 levels (must meet with an Academic Coach).
  9. Provide confirmation through the admissions process of an advanced degree.
    (a) Associates degree meets IRW courses and ENGL 1110
    (b) Baccalaureate degree or higher meets all developmental courses and ENGL 1110, BCIS 1110, MATH 1101, MATH 1215, BIOL 1140 & BIOL 1140L, CHEM 1120 & CHEM 1120L
  10. Demonstrate Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) - college-level learning that a student obtained outside of the Institution.
Speak with an Academic Coach for further assistance with prerequisites and course placement.

About the Accuplacer Next-Generation Exam

  • To test, students will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities. The test will be proctored remotely by Assessment Center staff.
  • Exams must be scheduled, please use the 'Schedule my Accuplacer' button below.
  • English and reading placement now requires the Reading Next-Gen test.
  • The exam is computer-based.
  • It's completely free.
  • Results are given upon completion of the exam.
  • The exam is self-paced and is not timed.
  • On average, the exam takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.

If you do not have a webcam and would like to take the Accuplacer remotely, please email us at

For non-math placement, students can also take the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) instead of the Accuplacer. It can be taken from your cell phone. Go to my Accuplacer (Placement Test)


  • Textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators, and paper are not allowed in the testing area.
  • Children or other visitors are not allowed in the testing area.
  • Anyone who gives or receives help during the tests, uses notes, books of any kind, will not be allowed to continue the test.
  • CNM may cancel any test score if there is reason to question the validity of the test scores.
  • You must wait 24 hours to take the exam again.

Prepare for the Accuplacer Next-Generation Exam

Reading Preparation:
Math Preparation:
WritePlacer Preparation:

Accuplacer Placement Score Guide

Access the Placement Exam Score Guide

Accuplacer for Distance Learning Students

If you are located outside the Albuquerque Metro area, and taking, or planning on taking, Distance Learning Courses, follow these steps to take the Accuplacer test in your local area:
  • Complete the form below and fax it to (505) 224-3258
  • Wait for an email reply from CNM with additional instructions 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.