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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.
Placement Testing is required if you have not completed college coursework in English or math at another college or have not been waived based on high school preparation, such as test scores on SAT or NY State Regents exams. These placement tests are designed to assist you to be successful in college by placing you in the appropriate courses to meet your academic needs. You cannot register for classes until you have completed placement testing or have been waived from the testing requirements.
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.
Preparing for Placement Testing
Placement test results will determine where you can begin your course of study. You may need to start in pre-college level courses. The tests are good indicators of your skill levels so it is important that you do your best. The information below will help you prepare.
Web-Based Study App
Access interactive accuplacer sample questions for free.
Accuplacer IPhone App
This is highly recommend because the materials are actually like the real test. Cost only $2.99
Powerpoint Presentation with Helpful Videos and Links
Includes Grammar, Reading, Essay structure and Math videos.
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.
Off-site Placement Testing for Out of Town Students
If you live more than a 50 miles from campus and have already been accepted to JCC, you can make arrangements to take the placement test at another academic institution or library. Please complete the Proctor Request Form and follow the instructions provided in the Off-Site Placement Testing Procedure to make arrangements. Remember, it is up to you to find a testing center, academic institution or library in your area that will provide proctoring for the ACCUPLACER exam and any proctoring fee charged for off-site testing is your responsibility.
Once arrangements have been made, a JCC placement testing representative will e-mail the proctor the directions to set up the off-site ACCUPLACER test.
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 Learning and Success Center at (315) 786-2288 or the Coordinator of Disability Services at (315) 786-2335. For more information about services visit the Accommodation Services page.
Process and Procedure for Placement Testing
- 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 – print out your testing confirmation and bring it to the test session
- Be on time and bring the following items with you:
- Jefferson Community College Student J#
- Photo ID
- Pencil or Pen
- Printed voucher
- Social security number
Upcoming Testing Dates
Please contact Lisa Eager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on registering or rescheduling for placement testing.