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Math Placement Information

Math Placement Information

At SUNY Corning Community College, we offer a wide variety of mathematics courses and at several different levels. Nearly every program has a mathematics requirement, though the specific level of mathematics needed or specific courses that fulfill requirements vary from program to program. Our goal is to place students into a math course appropriate to their background so students can succeed and progress into higher levels if appropriate to be best prepared for career or transfer.

A two-fold system is used to determine a student’s mathematics placement level:

1.  Students’ transcripts are reviewed particularly for math Regents scores, whether a student took Precalculus or Calculus, as well as any SAT or ACT scores. Based on this background review, some students have scores on Regents, ACT, or SAT that indicate to us a certain level of math placement. We use the scores that indicate the highest placement if multiple are present. The Math Placement Process Chart gives specific scores and levels regarding this.

Note: Students who wish to place higher than the level at which they are designated may opt to take a placement test to try to place higher.

Note: Students who have college credit in mathematics from CCC or from another college will generally be placed based on that course.

2. If no Regents scores or SAT or ACT scores are available or none are high enough to

meet a placement level in the chart, then the student is required to take a math

placement test so that we have more information on your mathematical skills.

How do I know my math placement?

Students are notified of their placement needs in their acceptance letter and package.

Who takes a math placement test?

Students who do not have any scores that fulfill placement level on the Math Placement Process Chart must take a placement test.

Any students who wish to place higher than what their designated level is may choose to take a placement test to try to place higher.

How do I prepare for a math placement test at CCC?

Students required to take the math placement test are given a login and password to access where there are practice tests for each of our four math placement exams. The tests are also located there and given in the same format, but the tests are password protected so you must schedule a proctored exam with our Testing Center to actually take a test.

Students who are opting to take a placement test may contact the Testing Center to request access to the MyMathTest site where practice tests and the test platform is located.

There are four different placement tests. What should I be prepared to take?

The four placement tests are:
1. Arithmetic
2. Algebra & Quantitative Reasoning
3. Intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry
4. Precalculus

Students who are required to take a math placement start with the Algebra & Quantitative Reasoning Test.
If your score on that test is high enough, you will be eligible for minimal level college
credit math courses (MATH 11xx or MATH 1215 or MATH 1230). You are also then
eligible to take the next higher level placement test if you so choose and want to try
to place higher.

If your score on the Algebra & Quantitative Reasoning Test is low, then you will be
required to take the Arithmetic Test to help asses if you need a Pre-algebra course.

It is recommended that all testers do the practice tests for the Algebra & Quantitative Reasoning Test and the Arithmetic Test so you have that material reviewed. It is also helpful to do the practice tests so that you become familiar with the testing software.

For those wanting to place above intermediate algebra level such as into Pre-calculus or Elementary Statistics, do the Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry practice test.

For those wanting to place into Calculus, the Pre-calculus test material should also be studied.

You must meet one placement level before taking the test for the next level.

How do I take a placement test for CCC?

To take a placement test, you will need to schedule a test through our Testing Center. You can do that by following the Test Scheduling link and choosing from available testing dates and times.

The test must be taken in a proctored setting. If you are not local to the Corning area, please contact our Testing Center for remote proctoring information. Note that these may involve a proctoring fee.

When should I take a placement test for CCC?

Placement testing is done after a student is admitted and before a student registers for their classes.
For a fall start, May or June is an ideal time to take the placement test.

Are calculators allowed?

A scientific calculator such as TI-30 is allowed for each placement test except for the Arithmetic Test. However, students may not use a graphing calculator or any calculator with a computer-algebra system on any of the tests. Students take the Arithmetic Test only if they score low on the Algebra & Quantitative Reasoning Test. Calculators are not allowed on the Arithmetic Test except on a few questions one will be available to click on screen.

Can I retake a placement test?

Yes. Students may take any placement test twice without any special approval. This is encouraged especially if you think you placed lower than you suspected you should. However, it is expected that you review for two weeks before coming to take a retest.

How do I know what math courses I need to take?

The math courses you need depend on your goals and your placement level. Your program (or intended major) dictates what math courses are required. It is important to become familiar with your program requirements which can be found in the College Catalog.

You may need to take math courses as prerequisite to what is listed as the math required. At SUNY Corning Community College, we have several different math course levels starting as low as Pre-algebra. We have courses that can bring you up to speed if needed, and we also have courses to challenge the very well prepared students who are ready to move beyond Calculus II. Since some of the lower courses do not count for credit or may not be high enough to meet a requirement in your program, it is important to only take lower courses if necessary.

There are course descriptions in the College Catalog as well as a flow chart of all of our math courses and how the course sequences flow.

An Education Planner or Academic Advisor can help you choose the right mathematics courses once your placement level is established.

English Placement Information

English Placement at Corning Community College

Updated May 2019

1.  If a student has earned credit for a college level English course through another school, through the Corning Community College ACE program, through the IB program or through AP Examination, then their English placement is ENGL1010. Use the guidelines below:

For those with college English credit, English placement is determined as follows:

Any college level English course that CCC accepts for transfer credit will determine which English course a student should take.

Transcripts must be evaluated through the Registrar’s office

Credit for any English course other than ENGL1010 results in ENGL1010 placement and students register for ENGL1010 if their program requires it.

Students who earned CCC credit by taking ACE ENGL1010 or ENGL1020 need no other placement and register for subsequent English courses needed.

Students receiving a 4 or higher on the IB upper-level language curriculum will receive credit for ENGL1020, and can register for ENGL1010.

AP Comp and Language score 3 (also earns 1010 credit), no further placement process

AP Comp and Literature score 3 (also earns 1020 credit), leads to ENGL1010 placement

2.  Students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent will complete a Guided Self-Placement to determine their first English class placement. This can be done online or in-person in the Testing Center, or with consultation from staff (Testing Coordinator or English Dept. staff)

Once accepted to CCC, students will receive information with instructions for completing this process electronically, or they may do so at the Testing Center in person.

All students will watch a video explanation about Guided Self-Placement including an introduction to the course options.

All students will answer a set of multiple choice questions in three areas: experience with reading and writing, context and habits, and sample assignment review.

Next, they will review information about each course option, including typical student profiles and type of academic support offered.

Then, each student will chose which English course best meets their needs at this time.

The Testing Center Coordinator will oversee this process and record placement choice.

3.  Students who have not yet earned a US high school diploma or its equivalent, and who wish to pursue an Associate’s Degree and to be eligible for New York State aid must complete Ability to Benefit Testing according to New York State guidelines.

For more information, contact CCC’s Testing Coordinator, Laura Prestigiacomo by phone at 607-962-9226 or via email

Note: Students who are applying for readmission to CCC will only need to complete Guided Self-Placement if they do not have credit for ENGL1010 or developmental English/Reading courses or if they wish to change a currently valid English placement (made within the previous 3 years).

Students with Accommodations

If you require accommodations for testing, you will need to meet with the Student Accessibility prior to scheduling a placement test appointment. Please complete the appointment request form, and we will contact you to schedule your appointment. The Coordinator will schedule your placement test after completion of the intake process. You may also reach the Student Accessibility office by calling 607-962-9262 or 1-800-358-7171 x9262.

Schedule Your Placement Test

Schedule your placement test on the Corning campus or at the Academic Workforce Development Center in Elmira, NY. Please remember to bring photo identification with you to the test.