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Exemptions from Accuplacer Placement Testing

Requirements

  • Fill out and submit the Request for Waiver of the Placement Test Form to Placement and Assessment or download and print the PDF form. Please submit the waiver form at least two days before taking your placement exam. Note: Test scores must include your first and last name.
  • If applying for federal or state financial aid you may be required to prove "ability to benefit" (ATB) through applicable sections of the Accuplacer® assessment tests even if you would otherwise be exempt.
  • Early Admit and HSE (formerly GED) applicants must take the Assessment Test.
  • Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs have additional specific exam requirements, please contact these programs for more information. 
    • Nursing 845-574-4474
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant 845-574-4436

Exemption criteria

  • Recently taken the Accuplacer® assessment at a college or university within the last two years. We must receive the scores directly from your school. Scores can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to Placement and Assessment. Please allow 2-3 business days for review. We will verify and then transfer any acceptable scores, and notify you of the results. You may still be required to take some tests at RCC. Fax to: 845-574-4397.
  • Successful completion of a developmental mathematics course at another institution (grade of P, C or higher), you can be waived from the math placement exam and will be given a placement one level above the course they successfully completed. A student will be allowed to take the math placement exam if they feel they can place above that. In this case, the highest placement will be used. College transcripts should be mailed to Records to be evaluated.
  • Exemptions by Test Score (see below)
    Official copies of test scores submitted to Admissions.

English Exemption

Students may meet the college waiver requirement by documenting any one of the following:

  • SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or higher or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score of 480 or higher
  • ACT English score of 20 or higher
  • NY State English Regents score of 75 or higher
  • High School GPA 75 or higher

If you meet any of the conditions above you will be placed in ENG 101 level when your request has been received and processed.

  • High School GPA below 74

If you meet the above condition you will be placed in ENG 101/098 level when your request has been received and processed.

Math Exemption

Students may meet the college waiver requirement by documenting any one of the following:

  • Final grade of 75 or higher in a high school Algebra II course

If you meet the above condition you will be placed in MAT 103-135 level when your request has been received and processed.

  • SAT: Math score of 570 or higher
  • ACT: Math score of 23 or higher
  • Final grade of 75 or higher in a high school Pre-Calculus course
  • Final grade of 75 or higher in a high school Calculus course

If you meet any of the four conditions above you will be placed in MAT 103-135 or higher by advisement when your request has been received and processed.

Note: Test scores are valid for three years from the test date to waive the Math Placement Test.