Placement Testing at Montana Tech

Placement Testing for Incoming Students

Typically, first-year placement in math and writing courses is determined by your ACT or SAT scores. If you don't have scores, you may take a Montana Tech placement exam instead.

Contact your Admissions Representative to determine which placement exam you will need to take.

Dual credit or AP courses may also help us determine placement. Email your test scores, grades, or in-progress schedule to admissions@mtech.edu. We will let you know if placement testing is still required.

If you have already confirmed which test you need to take with the admissions office or your advisor, use the links below to sign up:

  • College Success placement assessments are scheduled regularly at our Highlands College Campus or may be taken online starting Spring 2022. If you have questions about scheduling, please contact Shauna Goodell at 406-496-4428 or sgoodell@mtech.edu
Register for College Success Testing

  • ALEKS placement assessments are offered online. Follow the link below for step-by-step instructions to sign up. If you are unable to take the ALEKS placement assessment online, you may schedule an in-person test by contacting Shauna Goodell at 406-496-4428 or sgoodell@mtech.edu
ALEKS PPL Instructions

Math Placement

We use several methods to place you in an appropriate course.

  • ACT, SAT, or AP/IB test score
  • Transfer credits from another college or university
  • Score from an accepted placement test (Placement Exam, College Success, or ALEKS PPL)

Our student data is used to develop placement guidelines that ensure you will have an excellent chance of passing the math course in which you are placed.

Learn about math placement.

Writing Placement

Typically, first-year placement in writing courses is determined by your ACT or SAT scores. If you don’t have scores, you may take a Montana Tech placement exam instead.

Dual credit or AP courses? Email your test scores, grades, or in-progress schedule to admissions@mtech.edu. We will let you know if placement testing is still required.

Learn about writing placement.


Accommodation Testing for Current Students

Supplemental Testing Support Services

In an effort to support students and faculty, Montana Tech has three supplemental testing support options available. These services are intended to be a back-up in the event that the faculty member cannot accommodate an exam and not the primary service provider.

Testing Plans and Support Services

Plan A - Faculty

Faculty are the most important resource when it comes to testing students. Therefore, we implore faculty to consider all of your options before contacting other testing support services. Ask yourself:

  1. Do you have time you can set aside to accommodate the student(s)?
  2. Is there a conference room or spare classroom in your building available?
  3. Do you have an administrative associate or a graduate assistant who can serve as a proctor in the event you cannot?

If you cannot find a way to accommodate an exam, go to Plan B.

Plan B – Academic Center for Excellence (A.C.E)

To schedule a student’s exam with A.C.E, fill out the Test Request form. All test requests at A.C.E must be received at least three (3) days before the exam.

Test Request Form

If A.C.E is unable to accommodate an exam, go to Plan C.

For more information, please contact Shauna Goodell, Disability Services and Accessibility Coordinator, at sgoodell@mtech.edu or 406-496-4428.

Plan C – TRIO

Students who have disabilities, are low-income, and/or are first-generation, and are both citizens of the United States and enrolled in a four-year degree program are entitled to TRIO’s Student Support Services (SSS). If neither the faculty nor A.C.E can accommodate the exam, TRIO is the last resort. Contact Theresa Rader (406-496-4683 or trader@mtech.edu) to arrange testing accommodations. Please note that all test requests with TRIO must be received at least three (3) days before the exam.


HiSET® Testing for Adult Learners

HiSET® testing is provided on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The HiSET® exam helps adult learners achieve their college and career goals to expand opportunities and changes lives. The HiSET exam is administered in the ACE Center Room 3.136. You can find more information at hiset.ets.org/resources/faq or contact Margie Pascoe.