Placement Testing

Placement Testing

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 GED.
  • Students without a high school diploma or GED.
  • 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.
  • All applicants to the Nursing, Automotive Technology, Massage Therapy, or Teacher Education program, regardless of prior academic performance, must take the reading placement exam.

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.

Students who would like to request special accommodations for
testing, such as extra time, or having the test read aloud, must submit documentation of this need to the Office of Special Services in Room 101A or at (518) 828-4181 ext. 3437.