Placement Test

Students in a classroom


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 $15 retesting fee.


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.


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

  • Students who have taken the New SAT (beginning March 2016) and received a minimum score of 450 in Evidenced-Based Reading/Writing and a score of 530 in mathematics.
  • Students who have taken the SAT test prior to March 2016 and within the last four years and received a minimum score of 540 in Critical Reading and a score of 530 in mathematics.
  • Students who have taken the ACT test within the last four years and received a mathematics score of 22 and English score of 18 with a Reading score of 22.
  • 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.
  • Students who have taken PARCC (valid for 18 months from the time the student graduates) and received a score of 4 or 5 on Grade 11 English Language Arts and Literacy and a score of 4 or 5 on the PARCC Algebra ll test.

Numbers to Call

Tests are administered at the Mays Landing campus, at the 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(ML), 343-4831(AC) or 463-3775(CM).