Admissions Placement Testing

NCCC Placement Testing

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.  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.

If you are required to take one or more placement tests, you will be notified by the Admissions Office.  NCCC Writing/Reading and Math tests are online and are untimed.  You 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.  Preparation before taking the test is strongly encouraged.  Test results will determine placement in appropriate reading, writing, and/or math course(s).

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

Placement Testing Study Guide Information

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Math: Click here for instructions on how to prepare for and take the Math placement test.

Reading: Click here on how to prepare for the Reading test.

Reading/Writing: Click here for instructions on how to prepare for and take the Reading and Writing placement tests.

English as Second Language Retesting Option:  ESL students who do not pass the NCCC Reading and/or Writing placements tests 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.

ESL: Click here for ESL Accuplacer Reading test preparation.


Testing Center
Fax: 716-614-6819
Location: A-167
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm