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Exemptions from Accuplacer Placement Testing

Requirements

  • Fill out and submit the Request for Waiver of the Placement Test Form as soon as possible. Make sure to include your first and last name.
  • SAT and/or ACT scores report must have 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 Placement test and test for ATB purposes.
  • 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 developmental course at another institution (grade of P, C or higher), you can be waived from the English and/or math placement exam and will be given a placement of ENG 101/098 and/or MAT 101/100. A student will be allowed to take the 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 receive a placement of ENG 101 level when your request has been received and processed.
  • High School GPA below 74 you will receive a placement of ENG 101/098 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 you will receive a placement of 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 receive a placement of MAT 103- 203 when your request has been received and processed.

Additional waiver criteria for Summer and Fall 2020 applicants:

A student who has:

  • 75 or higher in a high school Geometry course or;
  • 65 to 74 in a high school Algebra II course will receive a placement of MAT 103 to MAT 134.

All other students will receive a placement of MAT 100/048 or MAT 101/048.

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