Placement Test

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Preparation

There are many resources you can access to "brush up" on English and Math skills prior to taking the placement test:

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER consists of an essay, a test of reading, a test of Quantitative Reasoning,  Algebra, and Statistics, and a test of arithmetic. An Advanced Algebra and Functions test may also be given. It is a test that students may take once they are admitted to the college. Placement test scores are valid for four years. Students may retest once after a thirty day time period has lapsed. There is a $15 retesting fee.

Requirements

Before you register for a math, English or other course requiring a demonstrated level of ability, you must take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test. Students whose test scores indicate a need for improved basic skills in English and mathematics will be placed in the appropriate developmental course. Generally, they follow a sequence of developmental courses leading up to college-level work in that area.

Exemptions

If you meet the following criteria, you are exempt from having to take the Placement Test.

  • Students who have taken the New SAT (beginning March 2016) and received a minimum score of 450 in Evidenced-Based Reading/Writing and a score of 530 in mathematics.
  • Students who have taken the SAT test prior to March 2016 and within the last four years and received a minimum score of 540 in Critical Reading and a score of 530 in mathematics.
  • Students who have taken the ACT test within the last four years and received a mathematics score of 22 and English score of 18 with a Reading score of 22.
  • Students who already have a degree (A.A., B.S., etc.) may be exempt from testing
  • Students who have taken the required sections of the test (Next-Generation ACCUPLACER) at another New Jersey college within the last four years, and submit an official copy of the test results to Atlantic Cape.
  • Transfer students who have completed a college-level mathematics course within the last 10 years and/or an English course at another college.
  • Students who have taken PARCC (valid for 18 months from the time the student graduates) and received a score of 4 or 5 on Grade 11 English Language Arts and Literacy and a score of 4 or 5 on the PARCC Algebra ll test.