Placement Test

Students in a classroom

Preparation

There are many resources you can access to “brush up” on English and Math skills prior to taking the placement test:

The Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) consists of an essay, a test of reading comprehension, sentence skills, elementary algebra, and arithmetic. A decision zone math test or the ACCUPLACER College Level Math test may also be given. It is a test that students may take once they are admitted to the college. Placement test scores are valid for four years. Students may retest once after a thirty day time period has lapsed. There is a $12 retesting fee.

Requirements

Before you register for a math, English or other course requiring a demonstrated level of ability, you must take the ACCUPLACER test. Students whose test scores indicate a need for improved basic skills in English and mathematics will be placed in the appropriate developmental course.  Generally, they follow a sequence of developmental courses leading up to college-level work in that area.

Exemptions

If you meet the following criteria, you are exempt from having to take the Placement Test.

  • Students who have taken the SAT test within the last four years and received a minimum score of 530 in mathematics and a minimum score of 540 in Critical Reading.
  • Students who have taken the ACT test within the last four years and received a mathematics score of 22 and combined English/Reading score of 47.
  • Students who already have a degree (A.A., B.S., etc.) may be exempt from testing
  • Students who have taken the required sections of the test (ACCUPLACER) at another New Jersey college within the last four years, and submit an official copy of the test results to Atlantic Cape.
  • Transfer students who have completed a college-level mathematics course within the last 10 years and/or an English course at another college.

Numbers to Call

Tests are administered at the Mays Landing campus, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, and at the Cape May County Campus. The tests are at least two hours long. Students must register with the Testing Office at any of the three campus locations, or call for available testing dates. For information, call (609) 343-5099, 343-4831 or 463-3775.

For Placement Test information, call:

Mays Landing
(609) 625-1111, ext. 5449

Atlantic City
(609) 343-4831

Cape May
(609) 463-3775