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.
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:
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.
Are There Placement Test Exemptions?
You may be exempt if:
• You have a degree from an accredited college or university (associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc).
• You have transfer credit in mathematics and English 1530 from an accredited institution.
• You have graduated in, or are currently ranked in the top 10% of your high school class. (You must provide this documentation to the admissions office.)
• You have advanced placement credit for English and mathematics.
• You are auditing a course.
• You have a score between a 70-79 on the Accuplacer reading placement test may be eligible to use a reading waiver for the reading requirement if they have met one of the following additional criteria:
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)
When Is The Test Given?
The test is administered throughout the year. Times and days are varied to accommodate students' needs.
Please go to www.sunyjcc.edu/placementtesting for a list of dates and times and to sign up online, or call the appropriate campus.
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.
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) or by emailing Nancy Callahan.
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.
Do I Need To Register To Take The Test?
Yes. You must register to take the placement test prior to advisement and course registration. Please go to www.sunyjcc.edu/placementtesting for a list of dates and times to sign up online, or call the appropriate
Cattaraugus County Campus
260 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760
716.376.7508 or 800.388.8557
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
716.338.1065 or 800.388.8557
North County Center
10807 Bennett Road
Dunkirk, NY 14048
185 Hospital Drive
N. Warren, PA 16365
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