Your academic records will be reviewed to determine if testing is needed; many students will be placed in appropriate coursework based on high school or transfer records.
- If you are required to take one or more placement tests, you will be notified by the Admissions Office.
- Test results will determine placement in appropriate reading, writing, and/or math course(s).
- Directions on how to prepare for the test and how to take the test(s) at home can be found on this webpage in the “At-Home Test Instructions & Study Guides” section.
- Preparation before taking the test is strongly encouraged.
- All tests are untimed and can be taken at-home, if you do not have access to a computer, you can utilize computers at NCCC or your local library.
- Students are allowed to take each placement test twice prior to the start of your first semester. Test scores are valid for up to 3 years.
Score Placement & Waiver Criteria
The following charts outline criteria to determine if you are placed in courses without further testing:
- Writing/Reading: Any new student who provides documentation with a High School GPA will be placed according to the Writing/Reading Waiver and Course Placement Chart. Other students will be further reviewed for waiver criteria and may need to take the NCCC Writing and/or Reading tests.
- Math: Students who have satisfied one of the requirements on the Math Waiver and Course Placement Chart will be waived from testing.
Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities
Placement tests are untimed. This means an academic adjustment for extended time is not necessary. Students who need other academic adjustments for the placement tests should contact Accessibility Services prior to taking any tests.
- 716-614-6728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
At-Home Test Directions & Study Guides
Click on the corresponding links below to access the math, reading, and writing placement test preparation options and directions on how to access the corresponding test.
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English as Second Language Retesting Option: ESL students who do not pass the NCCC Reading and/or Writing placements tests on their first attempt may request to take Accuplacer ESL tests instead of retaking the NCCC online tests. ESL Accuplacer tests must be taken on campus. Please contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment. Remember to bring a picture ID on the day of your testing.
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