How to Prepare for the Placement Tests

CCBC assesses students' entry-level academic skills in reading, English, and math to ensure that students are placed in appropriate courses. The College uses Accuplacer, a computerized, adaptive, untimed placement test, which is mandatory for:

    • students who have not previously attended a college and earned college credits
    • students who are pursuing a degree or certificate
    • students who are transferring to a four-year institution
    • students whose SAT or ACT scores are below suggested levels

Click here for general hours of operation and additional information about what you need to bring the day you test. If you have any questions, email the Testing Centers.

Prepare for the placement tests by first watching this Video, then use the links below to review for the test.

Choose any or all of the following:

Additional links for all subjects:

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Hours of Operation for Assessment/Placement Testing at CCBC Testing Centers

R - Review all practice materials before taking the placement tests.

E - Eat a well-balanced meal before you take your tests. Try to include some protein in that meal. Having a full stomach will allow you to concentrate on the test materials rather than focus on hunger pains.

S - Sleep well the night before testing. You will focus much better when well-rested.

T - Time is required to take the tests. If you intend to test in all three areas - writing, reading, and math -plan to spend at least 1 hour and 30 minutes in the Testing Center. If you cannot spend the time necessary to do your best, delay taking the test until you can. For some, taking all three tests in one sitting is okay. For others, allowing time between the tests is the best strategy to ensure success! Are you able to successfully do schoolwork or study for hours or do you need to take breaks? Use the strategy that works best for you!

Remember . . .

1. The placement test, Accuplacer, is not timed. Breathe, relax and take your time.

2. It is very important that you prepare and do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skill.

3. You cannot "pass" or "fail" these tests; however, test results are used to determine whether you will be placed into developmental or college-level courses.

4. You do not earn college credit for developmental courses and they do not transfer.

5. Review before you test; possible save time and money in the long run!

CCBC students living out of state and in need of a proctor for assessment/placement testing

CCBC has a process by which students in need of assessment/placement testing and who live out of state can request that their assessment/placement tests be administered locally by a CCBC approved proctor. It is the student's responsibility to initiate this process and to locate a proctor that meets CCBC's requirements. The student is also responsible for any fee that may be charged by the proctoring institution. CCBC students that require such a service can review Proctor Guidelines and the CCBC Proctor Request Form for more information.

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