Placement Testing

The Office of Academic Services and Testing administers placement testing required for all full-time as well as part-time students enrolling in certain English, mathematics, Spanish or biology courses.

To ensure academic success in college, it is important that full-time and matriculated part-time students are placed in classes that are consistent with their current level of academic ability. To achieve accurate placement, registrants take an untimed computerized placement test, used to evaluate a student’s college preparation in English, reading, and mathematics. Placement testing results are used in the selection of appropriate courses for the student, therefore the test should be taken seriously. Students are encouraged to work sample problems to prepare for the test. Placement testing scores are valid for 2 years. Students may re-test within the 2 year timeframe only after completing a significant and approved academic intervention such as SmartStart, Reclaim My Math, and Refresh.

Students in need of testing accommodations who only need extended time may take the computer-based reading, English, and math placement test without prior approval from the Office of Accommodative Services. For all other placement tests and accommodation requests, contact the Office of Accommodative Services at (845) 431-8055 for information regarding documentation requirements. Testing accommodations must be approved by the Office of Accommodative Services prior to scheduling placement tests. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students must request accommodations before taking the placement tests. Students who opt to take placement tests without their accommodations are not eligible to re-test with accommodations.

Students who have successfully completed a college-level English class are waived from taking the college’s English and reading placement tests. Additionally, students who have earned a score of 500 or better on the SAT Writing exam or 22 or better on the ACT English exam are waived from taking the college’s English and reading placement tests and can register for ENG 101.

Students who have successfully completed a college-level math class or have earned a 500 or better on the SAT math exam or a 22 or better on the ACT math exam are waived from the college’s math placement test for placement into math courses below the 200 level. For courses at the 200 level, students with a New York State high school transcript can be placed on the basis of their Math Regents test scores and high school math courses. The placement test waiver does not apply at the 200 level to students without a New York State high school transcript. SAT and/or ACT score reports need to be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to placement testing and the date of the SAT or ACT exams need to be less than 2.5 years old.

For more information about Placement Testing, please contact:

The Office of Academic Services and Testing
Location: Hudson Hall, Room 315
Phone: (845) 431-8090
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.