Admissions Placement Testing

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.

  • 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:

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.


Testing Center
Fax: 716-614-6819
Location: A-167
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.

(Note: use Chrome or Firefox as your browser.)

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.

Meet Our Staff

Nicole Horan Headshot

Nicole Horan

Testing Center Clerical

Room A-167

Caitlin Wetherwax

Caitlin Wetherwax

Program Coordinator, Accessibility Services

Room A-167

Kevin Beato

Kevin Beato

Technical Assistant, Accessibility Services & Testing Center

Room A-167