Your appropriate course placement is important to college success. The computerized Placement Assessment is administered on campus in the Applied Technology Building Room 014, at scheduled times and dates (click on schedule to the right), at no cost to students. Parking is in Student Lot #4 and a photo ID is required. Math, Reading, and English sections are given in one three-hour maximum session.
This assessment is NOT pass/fail. It is important to do your best so an accurate assessment can be made. Your assessment results will determine if required developmental coursework is necessary. Once the assessment is completed, contact information for academic advisors will be provided so students may make an appointment to register for classes and review degree requirements.
Please see below the descriptions of the placement assessment sections along with links to sample and practice questions.
We highly encourage students to review this information and the sample questions before taking the placement assessment. Please note that Accuplacer offers a web-based study app for your computer, smartphone, or tablet. This app is free now and features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, and Reading Comprehension. For more information, please visit the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App.
Who takes the Placement Assessment?
All entering, full-time and part-time matriculated students (accepted into a degree program) are required to take the placement assessment, but may be waived based on the following criteria. Transcripts must be received by SUNY Broome to determine if you are waived. See waiver criteria below.
English Placement - Students are waived from assessment if:
Math Placement - Students are waived from assessment if:
SUNY Broome Placement Assessment for Students Outside of the Broome County Area and Fully Online Students
For information on other options for placement assessment, click here.
The English Section of the Placement Assessment
The Reading Comprehension and Writeplacer Essay are administered through the College Board's computer-based assessment ACCUPLACER.
Reading Comprehension: Part I
Writeplacer Essay: Part 2
Please click here for sample questions in English & Reading
The Math Section of the Placement Assessment
The Math section is administered through administered through the College Board's computer-based assessment ACCUPLACER. Topics range from arithmetic (whole numbers & fractions, decimals & percents), elementary algebra (integers & rationals, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and word problems), and college math (algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other topics, functions, and trigonometry).
You CANNOT use a calculator (unless otherwise specified). The results are used to determine placement into Math courses, whether refresher or credit bearing.
Non-matriculated (not accepted into a degree program) students are not required to take a placement assessment. They may do so to help facilitate in course selection.
Students Needing Accommodations:
Those students with a documented accommodation (IEP, 504 plan, psychological assessment, medical verification…) should contact the Student Support Services Office at 607-778-5150 to schedule and assessment. Documentation must be submitted prior to the assessment date so arrangements for the accommodations may be made.
English-As-A-Second Language Assessment:
For those students needing ESL assessment, please contact the Admissions Office at 607-778-5001 to schedule a date. The assessment consists of Listening, Grammar/Usage, Reading, Writing, and Math. The Listening, Grammar/Usage, and Reading are administered on the computer with headphones and the Writing and Math are administered manually using pencil and paper.
Transfer of Placement Assessment Scores
To have scores transferred to another institution, please have the following information before submitting your request:
Submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Admissions Office at 607-778-5001.
Acceptance of Placement Assessment Scores
SUNY Broome Community College will accept scores from ACCUPLACER's Reading Comprehension and Essay (also known as Writeplacer). Any placement assessment section the student is missing will need to be completed on the BCC campus.
Call the Admissions Office at 607-778-5001 for the receipt of your scores and to confirm the sections of the assessment that need to be completed.
Accuplacer Testing Site for Another College
Those students looking to use SUNY Broome Community College as a placement assessment site for ACCUPLACER only, for entrance into another institution must contact their institution and fill out the remote testing site paperwork. Please include the following information on the paperwork you are submitting to your institution:
Please call the Admissions Office to schedule a date for the placement assessment. Your institution will issue instructions and information to us prior to the assessment date. This is provided at no charge to the student.