A placement test may be required by the Admissions Office to determine academic skill and placement in college coursework, and in some cases, admissibility to C-GCC. As an accepted student, you and your academic advisor will use your test results to assist you in choosing courses that will lead to your academic success.
If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, the results of your placement test determine your admissibility in accordance with federal Ability to Benefit (ATB) guidelines. Our Admissions Office individually reviews each applicant’s file to determine the need for placement testing.
The following students must take the placement exam:
- Students with a non-Regents high school diploma, including students from other states.
- Students with a Regents diploma but whose grades are weak or inconsistent.
- Students with a High School Equivalency (GED/TASC).
- Students without a High School diploma or High School Equivalency (GED/TASC).
- Students who are or have been home-schooled.
- Transfer students who have not successfully completed college-level or skill building coursework in English and math.
- Transfer students with grades of C- or lower in college-level or skill building coursework in English, math and reading.
Placement tests are only administered by appointment. To learn more about placement testing, please contact the Office of Advising, Career, and Transfer at 518-697-6395. Questions regarding Ability to Benefit (ATB) testing should be directed to the Office of Admissions at 518-697-6504.
The placement test at C-GCC is administered on a computer, in multiple choice format and has a 3 hour time limit. We will honor placement testing done at other accredited institutions within two years of the semester in which you enroll in C-GCC. Please have placement test results from other colleges submitted to the Admissions Office at C-GCC.
If your placement test results indicate that your score is too low for admission to C-GCC, it is recommended that you contact the Admissions Office to make an appointment to discuss your results. A member of the admissions team will discuss alternatives with you.
Applicants with documented disabilities may request academic adjustments for the placement test. These, and all inquiries concerning students with disabilities, should be directed to the Office of Accessibility Services, 518.697.6437.