College Placement Testing

New Roxbury Community College students are required to take an Assessment/Placement Test to determine the appropriate course level at which to begin their studies. The Placement Test is used to evaluate students' skills level in English, Math and Science and identify academic strengths and needs. Students do not receive a "passing" or "failing" grade for these tests.

The College Placement Test takes 2 to 3 hours. It consists of four sections: Math, Writing, Reading, and Science.

Non-native speakers with limited English proficiency will take an untimed assessment consisting of a writing test and a multiple choice test. Students who place into the most advanced levels of English as a Second Language courses are also eligible to take the RCC Math Placement exam.

Students who place into lower level courses will be referred to the Office of Corporate and Community Education for the Community ESL Program.

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What tests will you take?

Students will be tested in Reading, Math, Writing and Science. If you are non-native speaker of English and need to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills you will take the English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) test.

The Writing Test: Students are given a choice of essay topics, and allowed 50 minutes to complete an essay. The test is not administered on a computer; students complete essays by hand.

Science: This test consists of 25 multiple choice questions covering basic general science concepts.

Reading and Math: These exams are administered on a computer and are untimed.

These exams are part of the ACCUPLACER test, which is used at many colleges around the country.
For sample questions and study guides, please visit: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

English as a Second Language: Non-native speakers of English interested in taking English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses will complete a writing sample and a multiple-choice grammar test; the tests are untimed.

Spanish and French language tests: If you are interested in taking a Spanish or French language course, you will be assessed to determine what level to place you. These tests are paper pencil and are untimed.

Test Information

All tests take approximately two (2) to three (3) hours to complete. Once students have completed the tests, they will receive a Placement Report indicating the courses for which they should register. Students should bring their Placement Reports when meeting with advisors.

Test Preparation

It is not required, but it is highly recommend that you spend time preparing for these tests in order place at the highest possible level as you begin your college classes. You can prepare for English by reading on your own. For those who have not studied or used math for several years, it is important to review. Some websites that can help you review for the placement tests are:








Retake Policy

Students may retake a test once in an academic year providing they have not taken courses in that subject area.

Placement Testing for Transfer Students

Accuplacer scores from other colleges and institutions are accepted at RCC. The scores are reviewed and evaluated based on the placement scoring criteria established for this college. Scores can be no more than 3 years old. Students may need to take the RCC Writing and Science tests.

Transfer students who have taken college level English and Math courses at another college or university and received a grade of "C" or better may be exempt from taking the placement test. An evaluation of their college transcript will determine if testing is required.

For Students Needing Accommodations

Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations must register with the Coordinator of Disability Services, Linda O'Connor. Please contact her in Room 207C in the Academic Building; email:loconnor@rcc.mass.edu

Students whose disability impairs them from completing a timed test in the allotted time will be given extended time or reasonable accommodations to assist them in completing the exams. Evaluation of the placement test is based on skill knowledge and not ability to physically complete the test.

Contact Information:

For additional information, contact the Testing Department: testing@rcc.mass.edu or 617-708-3628.