Placement Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take a placement test?

A placement assessment is only necessary if a student does not meet the multiple measures policy to receive a waiver from testing.

What is included on the placement test?

The parts of the test consist of basic mathematics to include arithmetic and Algebra, reading comprehension, revising and editing writing, and the completion of a short essay. The parts you take depend on your program of study and your qualification for waiver via multiple measures.

How can I study and prepare for the placement test?

Preparation materials and additional websites are available to assist you in preparing for the assessment.

What do I need to bring to the Testing Center on test day?

A photo ID is a requirement to enter the Testing Center.  Scratch paper and pencils will be provided for you, although you may bring your own pencils in you desire.  Calculators are not allowed so please do not bring them.  If you have a cell phone, it must be turned OFF when you enter the Testing Center. 

How long will the test take?

The length of time necessary to take the assessment depends upon factors such as how many parts of the placement test you are required to take and your specific testing ability.  You should plan for 2-4 hours of time to take your assessment, although it may take you longer than four hours.

When will I receive my results?

Your assessment results will be printed immediately upon completion of the test.

Do my placement test scores really matter?

Most definitely! Your scores determine whether you are proficient in English and math. If you are proficient in these areas, you can register for the first, college-level English/math for your program of study. If you are not proficient, you must take the developmental course(s) which are appropriate for your test scores, which will prolong your enrollment in college-level English and math.

Can I retake the placement test?

Retesting is authorized only if a student enrolls in and completes the LEAP Program or has a retest authorization form completed by a faculty member.

If I have a disability, can I make special arrangements?

Yes. If alternative accommodations are necessary because of a disability, requests for approval, assistance, and scheduling should be arranged through the JCC's Coordinator of Disability Services.