Placement Tests and Sample Problems

To foster student success, DCC administers the COMPASS placement test to new students. This ensures that students are placed in classes consistent with their current level of academic ability. While other tests may be required based on a student's individual needs, the COMPASS test is the primary tool.

View the placement testing schedule.

Beginning with testing for the spring 2016 semester, Dutchess Community College will be transitioning to ACCUPLACER for course placement.


A computerized test of basic skills developed by the College Board. Click ACCUPLACER to download sample problems.


A computerized test of basic skills developed by the American College of Testing. Click COMPASS to download sample problems.


A written, timed test of basic skills developed by the American College of Testing. Click ASSET to download sample problems.

Spanish Online Placement Test S-CAPE

To determine which level course is right for you, you need to take a Spanish Placement Test. This test will evaluate your current skills. Your score will determine which level of Spanish you should start with. Because the Spanish Placement Test is a computerized test, it will be un-timed. Click on Spanish Online Placement Test S-CAPE to download sample questions.

The Michigan Test of English as a Second Language (ESL)

This test is an objective test of 100 questions. The first 20 questions test listening skills with questions asked on a cassette tape. The following 80 questions concern grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills. Students have 75 minutes to complete this test, and it is scored immediately. This test is used to determine whether a student is ready to enroll in an English course at Dutchess Community College, and if so, which course is appropriate.

Science Placement Test

A test for students who wish to place into BIO131.

Click Science Screening Test Guide for more information on the test.

Click Science Placement for sample questions.

English Course Placement Appeal

The English Course Placement appeal is available to students who place in a certain range on the Writing portion of COMPASS or ASSET. Students are given the opportunity to come in during some "walk-in" testing times to write an essay which is then evaluated by a professor from the English department to determine final course placement. Those students qualifying for the English Course Placement appeal will be notified with their test scores.