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College Placement Testing

All applicants are welcome at Jefferson Community College, however not everyone is ready for the same level of reading, math and English classes.

These placement tests are designed to assist you in being successful in college by placing you in the appropriate courses. You cannot register for classes until you have completed placement testing or have been waived from the testing requirements. 

There are many ways to prepare for the College Placement Test (CPT). We recommend you review the test questions prior to taking the placement test.

The Admissions Staff at Jefferson will evaluate your High School transcript and/or college transcripts to determine what Placement Test you will have to take.  A student will be exempt from testing if they meet or exceed the following criteria:






Recent high school graduates are placed into Math courses based on their high school transcript.  If you do not agree with the placement and feel that you get a higher placement, you have the option to take the Math Placement exam. 

NYS Regents Exam




If you have been out of high school for more than 2 years you will be required to test. Testing requirements are determined by Admissions Staff.


Testing Platform

We use the Accuplacer Placement Test to assess your abilities in these areas. The results of this test will help you and your advisors determine the level to start with for math, reading and English courses. It, therefore, is very important that you do the best you can when taking the placement tests. We recommend that you use the links provided to prepare for the tests.


Study Materials


Process and Procedure for Placement Testing

This process applies only to students who are taking the placement test on campus at Jefferson Community College.  The Off-site Placement Testing scheduling process is described below.

Apply to the college. Once you are accepted you will receive an acceptance letter and your J# (your JCC unique identification number) and information about placement testing.

  • Forward all transcripts to Admissions Office – high school, other institutions.
  • Prepare for the placement test. We cannot stress this enough.
  • Register for Testing
  • Be on time and bring the following items with you:
  • Jefferson Community College Student J#
  • Photo ID
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Social security number


The Testing Center Staff and Hours

John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center, first floor
Telephone: 315-755-0300
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Evening and Weekend as needed.
Summer hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm closed on Fridays. 

Tanya Hoistion, Learning Skills Specialist, Accommodative, Accessibility & Testing Services Coordinator,; 315-786-2335

Jennifer Ambrose, Learning Skills Specialist, part time,

Beverly Norton, Secretary,

Rebecca Small-Kellogg, Dean of Student Success,


Off-site Placement Testing for Out of Town Students

If you live more than 50 miles from campus and have already been accepted to JCC, we can help you make arrangements at another academic institution or library.  Please contact The Testing Center at 315-755-0300 for assistance. It can take up to 36 hours to return your call.

Remember, you are responsible for any exam or proctoring fees charged by the academic institution or library that will proctor the ACCUPLACER test for you. 

DO NOT register for CPT testing using the online registration process unless you plan to complete your testing the Jefferson Community College location.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The reading, sentence skills, and math placement tests are untimed for all students. If you have documented disabilities and need accommodations other than extended time, please contact the Director of Disability Services in the first floor of the Collaborative Learning Center at (315) 786-2335. For more information about services visit the Accommodation Services page.



Jefferson Community College (JCC) is a testing site for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Both of these are credit by exam programs. They can provide the opportunity to earn college credit for what you have already learned through on-the-job training, professional development, military service, independent study, prior course work, cultural pursuits, internships, etc.