Placement Testing and College- Level Proficiency
To ensure appropriate placement in college courses and proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics, all entering students are required to take the College’s Placement Test or submit documentation to show that they are exempt from placement testing. Non-native speakers of English entering the English Language Studies program must take the ELS Placement Test to determine their level of English language proficiency. Students are invited to take the test after they apply. There is no fee for these tests, and the results are available prior to registration. An advisor will explain the placement and assist students in registering for appropriate courses.
Passaic County Community College administers the ACCUPLACER, an online, Computerized Placement Test. It contains a timed writing portion, and four untimed assessments (English, Reading, Arithmetic Computation, and Algebra). To improve test preparation and performance, we highly recommend that students practice for the test by reviewing the ACCUPLACER study guides. Research shows that students who practice for the test are more likely to improve their performance and test results.
Placement Testing is offered at the Paterson, Passaic, and Wanaque campuses. A photo ID must be presented on the student’s test day. (Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, military ID, passport, high school photo ID [if a recent graduate], other official government-issued ID, or a PCCC student ID.)
Transfer students may be exempt from placement testing if they have successfully taken College-level English and Math. Have an official transcript sent directly to the PCCC Office of Admissions for a transfer credit evaluation.
High School GPA: Students who have graduated from high school within the past 3 years and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher may be placed at College level for English and Math. For consideration, the student must have an official transcript sent to the PCCC Office of Admissions prior to registering.
SAT Scores: High school students who have achieved a score of 450 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section of the SAT within the past 5 years will be placed at College level for English. Students who achieved a 500 on the Math section of the SAT within the past 5 years will be placed at College level for Math. Students must submit official SAT results from the College Board to the PCCC Office of Admissions.
ACT Scores: Students who achieved a 22 in the Math section of the ACT within the past 5 years will be placed at College level for Math. Students who achieved a 22 in the reading section and an 18 in the English section within the past 5 years will be placed in College level English. Official scores must be submitted to the PCCC Office of Admissions.
Students should not initially test with the expectation to take the test over. The test should be taken seriously, and students should prepare ahead of time, and make the best effort they can.
Students who request to re-take any section of the Placement Test are required to take one or more of the following Workshops offered by PCCC: English, English Language Studies, and/or Mathematics.
A prospective student with test results older than three (3) years will be required to re-test at no cost.