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Placement Testing

Who must take the Placement Test?

If you are a new part-time or full-time student, you must take the Placement Test.

There are circumstances which may exempt you from taking the Placement Test. See the section below entitled: “Who is exempt from taking the Placement Test?” to see if any of the exemptions apply to you.

You must either take the Placement Test or be exempt prior to attending New Student Orientation (NSO) and/or registering for classes.

What is on the Placement Test?

ACCUPLACER is a College Placement Test that covers basic preparation in English and math and is used to determine whether you are prepared for college-level course work. The results of the test will not affect admission to the College but may indicate the need for required preparatory courses.

The English test includes two sections: Next-Generation Reading and an Essay. All sections are untimed except for the Essay section which has a time limit of one hour.  The math test consists of only one section: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAs) . It is also untimed.

When can I test?

In order to take the Placement Test, you must have a student ID number. If you have not yet applied to the College, you must first apply and receive a student ID number.

You do not need an appointment to take the Placement Test. You may test during the Center’s open hours at any of the Testing Center locations on a walk-in basis.

The last full Placement Test may be started no later than 2.5 hours prior to closing.

What do I need to bring with me to take the Placement Test?

In order to test, you must bring a current photo ID and have a student ID number.

How should I prepare for the Placement Test?

Since test scores determine your placement in English and math courses, it is important that you are prepared to do your best. If you are placed in developmental courses, it may delay on-time completion of your program and require you to pay for additional courses. Therefore, it is best for you to be as prepared as possible.

Please refer to these study materials prior to taking the Placement Test:

Placement testing information and websites for practice

Free, web-based study app. (Be sure to make a strong password of at least 6 characters including at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter, at least one number, and at least one special symbol.

Sample questions from the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAS) placement test:

Sample questions from the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Reading placement test:

Writeplacer guide with sample essays:

What happens after I take the Placement Test?

After you take the Placement Test, you may either attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and/or register for classes.

If you test out of developmental math, either from an exemption or by taking the ACCUPLACER placement test, you must then take the Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) test for placement into the appropriate college math class.

Who is exempt from taking the Placement Test?

Students may be exempt from the Placement Test based upon one of the following:

  • SAT scores: Student presents SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test from the College Board) scores:
    (March 2016 or later)
    – Score of 450 Critical Reading (Test date March 2016 to present)
    – Score of 540 Critical Reading (Test date before March 2016)
    Exemption for Math test
    – Score of 530 in Math
  • ACT scores: Student presents ACT Scores:
    Exemption for English test
    – Score of 22 – Reading subtest AND Score of 18 on English subtest
  • PAARC Test:  Score of 4 or higher on English Language Arts Literacy
  • High school GPA:  Student graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA  an unweighted GPA
    of 3.0 within the last 5 years and completed 4 years of high school English courses and 3 years of high school
    math courses from a U.S. high school.
  • College degree: Student has previously received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited
    U.S. College.
  • Transfer credits: Student has received transfer credit from another College for one
    semester of freshmen English and/or freshmen math.
  • Completed developmental courses: Student has satisfactorily completed developmental
    courses in English and/or Elementary Algebra at another College.
  • ACCUPLACER scores from another school: Student has taken the ACCUPLACER with qualifying
    test scores at another College in New Jersey within the past 3 years.
  • Visiting: Student is visiting from another college and has permission to transfer
    coursework to their home college.
  • Other tests: Student has demonstrated proficiency in English and/or math through
    previous appropriate test scores.

Students seeking an exemption from the Placement Test must provide proof of the above requirements by submitting appropriate official transcripts/score reports to the Admissions Office at admissions@ucc.edu