Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Identify your academic strengths and first semester classes

Corning Community College uses the College Board Accuplacer exams for assessment testing. The results of the tests are used to place you in the most appropriate first math and/or English courses for your ability. In addition to determining the most appropriate first course, the placement tests can help you identify your academic strengths and needs to assist in planning an appropriate schedule of coursework at CCC.

Who Needs to Test

Math, English, and Reading Comprehension placement testing is required for all entering students, both full-time and part-time. Exemptions may be granted if you have completed placement tests at CCC within the last three years, have transferred credit in college-level English and/or math, or have had the test or portions of the test waived by Admissions.

Testing waiver conditions
Math Assessment Waiver English Assessment Waiver
Transfer of coursework with a "C" or higher and granted equivalent CCC credit Transfer of coursework with a "C" or higher and granted equivalent CCC credit
  85 percent or higher on the English Regents (within the last 3 years)

Preparing for the Assessment Test

Assessment Test Format

Accuplacer testing is administered via computer and is very easy to use, even if you have little or no computer experience.  A proctor will be present to answer questions and/or to assist first-time computer users. 

You should allow three hours for completing the testing process. Calculators are not permitted for the math section. However, scrap paper and pencils will be provided.

At the conclusion of the test, the computer automatically determines your placement into English, Reading, and Math classes using criteria established by CCC faculty and staff. Course placements are made on the basis of the test scores, and serve as a beginning step in the advisement and course registration process.

For further information regarding study guides, test format and a mobile friendly study application please visit the Accuplacer website.

Math Prep Session

A Math Prep Session is a two-hour session taught by a math instructor to help review material in arithmetic and basic algebra in preparation for taking the math assessment. The review will focus on topics such as fractions, decimals, percent, proportion, signs and some basic algebra such as solving linear equations. It is highly recommended that you attend if you did not take Algebra II/Trig in high school or if you have not taken math in two or more years. Sign up for the Math Prep Session.

Students with Disabilities

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

Schedule Your Assessment Test

Schedule your assessment test now online or contact the Office of Admissions at 607-962-9151, 800-358-7171 x9151. Sign up for the Assessment Test

Off Campus Testing Options

If you would like to test closer to home, you will need to find a test proctor that meets our requirements:

  • The proctor must be employed at an educational institution (college testing center staff, public librarian, high school teacher/administrator, etc).
  • The proctor’s work email address is required. No Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. accounts will not be deemed valid.
  • The proctor must complete our Test Proctor Request Form.

After the Office of Recruitment and Admissions receives your completed form, the test proctor login and instructions will be emailed to the proctor.

The student will be responsible for any proctoring fees that may be incurred while testing off campus.

Options in the New York City area