Placement Testing

Placement testing is required before students register for classes.  Placement test scores are used to place students in first semester courses. Non-Matriculated students must also placement test prior to registering for any classes requiring placement test scores as a pre-requisite.  Placement test scores do not impact admission to the College.  SUNY Adirondack utilizes the Collegeboard’s ACCUPLACER and a Writing Sample for placement testing.  The ACCUPLACER assesses skills in Math and English.  The Math portion consists of: Arithmetic, Algebra and College Level Math.  The English portion consists of Reading Comprehension and a Writing Sample.  Students in need of special testing accommodations should contact the Center for Student Success (Advising Center) at 518-832-7708.

Math placement test scores are valid for four years and math tests will need to be re-taken if math courses are not taken during that period.  Students may request to re-take the math placement test once in four years if they have not enrolled in a math course during that time. Once a student has enrolled in a math course the student must successfully complete that course before continuing to the next level of mathematics.

English placement test scores do not have a time limit. Students may request to re-take the English placement once and will re-test based on their initial placement criteria.

Placement test waivers may be available to students with prior college level math and English credit. Requests for a placement test waiver must be accompanied by a transcript of previous college coursework.  An unofficial transcript will be accepted.

Placement in first semester courses can greatly affect the amount of time required to graduate. Students are strongly encouraged to review English (reading and writing) and math (arithmetic and basic algebra) topics before taking the placement tests.

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