Placement Tests

Dutchess Community College utilizes a system of multiple measures for course placement into math and English courses. Multiple measures are the official placement tool for the College and students can find more information by visiting the following links:

Students should only test for math and English placement upon referral from an advisor, Admissions, and/or faculty. For current information about whether placement testing is required, please visit your Application Status Portal. Log in using the credentials you created when you applied.

All students entering the College who do not show proof of successful completion of applicable college-level biology will be automatically placed into BIO 030 - Introduction to Biology. If students have knowledge of human anatomy and wish to attempt to place into a higher level of biology, they may sign up to take our Science Placement Test. This exam places students in BIO 030, BIO 130, or BIO 131.

The Testing Center has availability in person as well as remotely (online). All appointments are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Regular hours are: 

On-campus in Poughkeepsie: 

  • Monday and Thursday – 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Remote testing is by request. Please email us at

For on-campus availability in Fishkill, please click on the “Testing at DCC @ Fishkill” button.

This schedule is subject to change without notice based on demand, staffing, and health-related guidance by New York State, SUNY, and Dutchess County.

Appointments are required for all tests. Appointments must be scheduled a minimum of two days (48 hours) prior to the desired test date. Appointments are in 90-minute blocks of time. If more time is needed for a test, students should book multiple appointments. Students will need access to a computer, that has a web camera and a microphone to take a test remotely (online). Valid photo ID is also required.

Scheduling Placement Tests

Appointments are required for all testing.

Please schedule an exam by clicking on the link under “Learn More” for the location which applies. Students must make their appointment at least two days prior to taking their test. If the exam must be taken within two days, please contact the Testing Center at to find out if there is still availability.

Placement Tests Offered

  • English Course Placement: WritePlacer Essay (ACCUPLACER) – 90 minutes

  • Math Course Placement: Lumen OHM – untimed

  • Biology (Anatomy and Physiology sequence): Science Test – 40 minutes

  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Placement: Reading (ACCUPLACER) – untimed

  • English as a Second Language Course Placement: Pearson English Paper Placement – untimed

  • Spanish Course Placement: WebCAPE – untimed

  • Ability to Benefit: Classic ACCUPLACER – untimed

Placement Test Preparation

English – (select WritePlacer Guide)

Math –

Biology –

CNA – (select Next-Generation Reading)

Ability to Benefit – (select Classic ACCUPLACER)

Testing Accommodations

All accommodations MUST be approved by the Office of Accommodative Services prior to scheduling placement tests with the Testing Center.

Contact OAS at for information regarding documentation requirements needed to establish accommodations. Students will be notified in writing of approved accommodations.

Accommodations are not retroactive. Students who choose to take the placement test without accommodations may not re-take the placement test with accommodations.

DCC Re-testing Policy

Students may re-test after one year or if approved by the Coordinator of Testing or after completing a significant and approved academic intervention.

Placement test results are valid for 2.5 years.