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ACCUPLACER Placement Testing For New Students

What is an ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

A placement test is required for all students who have not successfully completed college-level English and/or math classes. Placement testing helps identify your academic strengths and needs in math, English and reading. The test is not timed, but usually takes 1½ hours to complete. After testing you meet with an Academic Advisor, and the results are used to select appropriate courses based on your current level of ability.

Who must take a Placement Test?

  • All new students enrolling in a degree or certificate program
  • Transfer students who have not successfully completed an English composition and/or college-level math course with a grade of “C” or better
  • Any student planning to take an English writing or math course
  • Any student registering for a course with an English or math pre-requisite
  • Any student taking English as a Second Language courses
  • All High School Partnership applicants, home schooled students and high school students seeking early admission to college

Is there a fee for the test?

There is no fee for the test; however, new students must fill out an Application for Admissions form and get a student Banner ID number before testing.

Can I be exempt from testing?

The following students may not have to take a placement test:

  • Students who have completed college-level English and/or math courses with a
    grade of “C” or better.
  • Students with an Associates Degree or higher (must provide transcripts).
  • Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER exam at another college in the past 2 years (must provide documentation if tested outside the CT community college system).
  • Students who took the SAT or ACT exam within the last two years and have met the minimum qualifying test scores listed below. To be waived from testing, a copy of the SAT/ ACT test scores must be brought to the Admissions office.
    • SAT (taken before 3/1/16): 500 in Math; 450 in Critical Reading
    • SAT (taken after 3/1/16): 530 in Math Section; 25 in Reading Test
    • ACT: 18 in Math, 37 in combined English and Reading

*****If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for an exemption or waiver, talk to an Academic Advisor or Counselor (A108 Lafayette Hall).

What if English is not my first language?

There is a special ESL exam for students whose first language is not English. The ESL tests are Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Language Usage. The ESL tests will measure your language skills to see if you need additional help with the English language or if you are ready for regular college-level courses.

Can I retake the placement test?

Students who place into developmental courses may be eligible for FREE English and/or math refresher programs offered in the CAP. For more information, contact the CAP coordinator in A209 Lafayette Hall.

How can I prepare for the test?

It is recommended that you study before taking a placement test. Below are links to help you prepare:

    Preparation Workshops
  • Free Accuplacer workshops are held daily in the Center for Academic Progress (CAP) A209 Lafayette Hall. In the workshop, you will take a sample test in math and English which will help identify your areas of academic ability. Add CAP link ACCUPLACER Placement Test Information
  • For additional information, Sample Questions, and an ACCUPLACER Study App, click here.

To schedule your ACCUPLACER exam.

Call (203) 332-5019 or visit the Academic Support Center in B116 Lafayette hall. Testing is scheduled regularly throughout the year. You must have a student Banner ID and a photo ID in order to take the test.
If special testing accommodations are required, contact the Testing Coordinator at (203) 332-5217.
For more information about the ACCUPLACER exam, visit www.housatonic.edu. Look for Testing Services under the Campus Resources tab.

Please download our brochure for further information.