Placement Testing Info

These are some frequently asked questions about placement testing.

For Summer and Fall 2021, due to the pandemic, the placement evaluation will be done remotely. The information is sent to students after they sign up for registration. Contact Admissions at 518-562-4170 for details. 

Why am I taking these tests?
Before you register for your first semester at Clinton Community College, you will be taking placement tests.  Although the tests are required, they are not entrance exams and do not affect your acceptance as a Clinton Community College student. Rather, the tests are designed to help you plan a successful program of study. The placement tests will help you and your advisor understand the strengths and weak points you have in these areas: vocabulary, reading comprehension, essay writing, arithmetic, and algebra.  

Can I prepare for the placement tests?
Yes! Be well rested and ready to concentrate for approximately 2.5 hours of testing. You should also review this English Study Guide and Math Study Guide. In addition, the math department has provided this link for math practice.

When do I need to take the placement tests?
After you're accepted, you will receive a list of placement test and registration dates.  Because you need to take the tests prior to selecting your courses, we recommend you test as soon as possible after your acceptance to the College. Choose a test date from the list of dates offered and call to reserve a seat. Full-time Freshman are scheduled to test by the Admissions Office. Please call (518) 562-4170 to schedule a date. Transfer students and all part-time students should contact the Academic Advising and Student Support Office at (518) 562-4199. 

Please arrange to be on time for your scheduled tests.  Students who arrive late may be asked to reschedule. 

What do I do if I need testing accommodations?
Students with a disability or temporarily disabling condition should contact Lindsay Fitzgerald, Learning Resource Specialist, at (518) 562-4252 to make arrangements for accommodated testing.

What do I bring to the tests?

There is no charge for the tests.  You must have a picture ID with you.  Please bring a #2 Pencil.  Food and drink are not allowed in the testing room.  Also, no textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, or other papers will be allowed.

Who is exempt from taking this test? 
Students may be exempted from sections of placement testing if they have:

  • SAT English - 560 or above on the English section and sub scores of 34 or above on the Reading and Writing sections (new SAT - after March, 2016) or 500 or above on the Reading and Writing (old SAT).  
  • ACT English - 31 or above on the Reading and 10 or above on the Writing section (new ACT - after September, 2016) or 21 or above on the Reading and English sections (old ACT).  
  • SAT Math -530 or above (new SAT - after March, 2016) or 500 or above (old SAT).
  • ACT Math - 20 or above on the Math section or Scored 80 or above on the NYS Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents, NYS Math B Regents (NYS Regents Course III). 

Students who qualify must identify themselves with the Admissions Office to be exempt from testing.

How will I receive my test scores?
If you are a full-time freshman, you will receive your placement test results when you come to the College for registration.  Transfer students and part-time students should call the Academic Advising and Student Support Office at (518) 562-4199 to make an appointment to review their placement test results and register for courses.