Placement Testing

Placement Testing

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Self-Reported GPA from a high school within the US may be used for placement, regardless of graduation date. To report your GPA, we ask that you complete and submit the SUPPLEMENTAL PLACEMENT FORM by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE TO REPORT YOUR GPA

    Please click below to schedule your Placement Test
  • If you cannot self-report your GPA (from a high school within the US)
  • If English is your Second Language
  • If you cannot be waived with qualifying SAT, ACT, or GED scores (see below)
  • If you do not have previous placement test scores within 5 years
  • If you have completed a CAP refresher (you will need your certificate of completion)
  • If you want an additional option for placement

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What is a Placement Test?

Placement testing helps identify your academic strengths and needs in math, English and reading. The test is not timed, but usually takes 2½ hours to complete. After testing you meet with an Academic Advisor, and the results are used to select appropriate courses based on your current level of ability. If special testing accommodations are required, contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services at (203) 332-5018.

Who must take a Placement Test?

  • All new students enrolling in a degree or certificate program who cannot self-report their GPA
  • Transfer students who have not successfully completed an English composition and/or college-level math course with a grade of “C” or better who cannot self-report their GPA
  • Any student taking English as a Second Language courses

Is there a fee for the test?

There is no fee for the test; however, students must fill out an Application for Admissions form and get a student Banner ID number before testing.

Can I be exempt from testing?

The following students may not have to take a placement test:

  • Students who can self-report their GPA (from a high school within the US).
  • Students who have completed college-level English and/or math courses with a
    grade of “C” or better (must provide transcripts).
  • Students with an Associate's Degree or higher (must provide transcripts).
  • Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER exam in the past 5 years (must provide documentation if tested outside the CT community college system).
  • Students who took the SAT, ACT, or GED exam within the last five years and have met the minimum qualifying test scores listed below.

To be exempt from testing, a copy of the SAT/ ACT/ GED test scores must be submitted to the Admissions office. Admissions email:

  • SAT: All SAT scores within 5 years may be used
  • ACT: 18 in Math, 37 in combined English and Reading
  • GED: 165 in Mathematical Reasoning and/or Reasoning Language Arts (RLA)
**If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for an exemption, consult with an Academic Advisor (L112 Lafayette Hall) by clicking here.

What if English is not my first language?

There is an ESL exam for students whose first language is not English. The ESL tests are Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Language Usage.

Can I retake the placement test?

Students who would like a chance to retake the placement test or change their course placement should contact the Center for Academic Progress at 203-332-8585, , or visit room B152 in Lafayette Hall.

How can I prepare for the test?

You can prepare for an English or ESL placement test using the resources here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students. For help preparing for a math placement test or any other questions about test preparation, contact the Center for Academic Progress at 203-332-8585, , or visit Room B152 in Lafayette Hall.

How do I schedule a placement exam?

Placement testing is free; however, you must have a student ID. Testing is scheduled regularly throughout the year. Test dates are constantly being updated. Please check back for future dates.

Schedule Your Test

* Please note that children are not permitted in the Testing Center and may not be left unattended in the lobby.

Updated June 7, 2022

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