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Placement Testing

Please click here for more information on placement test dates and times, and possible exemptions.

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If you wish to familiarize yourself with the test, see College Board's Accuplacer test descriptions and sample questions and JCC's Guide to Taking the Placement Test.

If you have a disability and require special testing accommodations, contact Disability Support Services.

Coming from a distance? If you live more than 90 minutes away from the college and want to have the test proctored closer to where you live, please contact Wendy Burns to discuss this possibility.

If you have further questions, please call one of the following locations:

  • Cattaraugus County Campus  716.376.7508
  • Jamestown Campus  716.338.1065
  • North County Center  716.363.6500
  • Warren Center  716.338.1000
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What Is the placement test?

Jamestown Community College administers a computer-based placement test to students prior to their enrollment in college classes. The test is used to gather information to place you in classes for which you are best prepared and in which you are most likely to succeed.

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What's on the test?

The test consists of three parts. Two parts are composed entirely of multiple choice questions which are used to measure your ability in the basic skills of reading and mathematics. The third part is the English essay, in which you will demonstrate your ability to write a composition. As part of the test, you will fill out additional information about your educational background and your goals.

For more information about the placement test and sample questions, please go to: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/

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Who should take the test?

All new full-time students are required to take the placement test. New part-time students are strongly encouraged to take the placement test prior to registration. Part-time students must take the placement test prior to enrolling in any course which has a reading, writing, or math prerequisite unless they qualify for one of the exemptions.

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How long is the test?

The full test takes an average of 2½ hours to complete. The test parts are as follows:
Reading skills assessment (untimed)
Mathematics assessment (untimed)
English essay 60 minutes (maximum)

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When is the test given?

The test is administered throughout the year. Times and days are varied to accommodate students' needs.

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When will I receive test results?

Your placement test results will be available upon completion of testing. Full-time students will be required to bring a copy of their results to advisement. Part-time students may set up an appointment with a counselor to review the test results. To set up an appointment with a counselor, call the appropriate JCC campus location.

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Are special services provided for disabled students?

Yes. Jamestown Community College provides reasonable accommodations for taking the placement test for qualified students with disabilities. Private testing sessions with accommodations can be arranged by contacting the Disability Support Services office: 716.338.1251 (Jamestown Campus) or 716.376.7544 (Cattaraugus County Campus). You may also e-mail Nancy Callahan.

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Is there a placement test fee?

No separate fee is charged for the placement test. The cost of placement testing is included in the processing fee which is added to a student’s bill upon matriculation to JCC.

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Do I need to register to take the test?

Yes. You must register to take the placement test prior to advisement and course registration.