Taking the Accuplacer Test

About the Accuplacer Test

NVCC uses the Accuplacer computerized, adaptive placement test to assess your basic skills in English, reading and mathematics. The test results are used by advisors to make decisions about the level of courses you are prepared to take.

Prior to signing up for the test, you must:

    • Complete and submit an application for admission to the Admissions Office.
    • pay a $20 application fee
    • Get your Student/Banner/Net ID from the Admissions Office - this is your student ID number and it is required to take the test.
    • Returning or transfer students: check with your advisor about whether or not to take (or retake) one or more parts of the placement test. 

Minimum Score Requirements to be Waived from Testing

Minimum Score Requirements to be Waived from Testing

SATs ACTs GED
Test date prior to March 2016:
500 in Math 
450 in Critical Reading or Writing.
Test date after March 2016:
530 in Math
510 in New Evidence-Based Reading/Writing or
26 in SAT Writing & Language or
25 in SAT Reading
18 in Math
21 in English or
47 in English and Reading combined.
165 in GED Math Reasoning Test
165 in GED Reasoning Language Arts

Schedule test

Schedule Accuplacer Testing


Testing Options:

  • Testing by Appointment - generally a testing only session. Sign up below.
  • Walk-in Testing - placement test, get advised, register for courses and set up a payment plan all in on visit. Sign up for walk-in testing.

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Danbury Campus

Retest policy

Retest Policy

  • Students must have pre-approval to retest; retest form must be signed by an advisor, counselor, or faculty member.
  • Students may only retest once.
  • Students must show Photo-ID or they will not be permitted to retest.
  • Students must show some sign of effort to increase their scores.
  • Students should wait the recommended 2 weeks to retest.

Test prep resources

How to Prepare for the Placement Test

There are a number of resources to help you review in reading, grammar, arithmetic and algebra before taking the placement test.

Accuplacer FAQs

Accuplacer FAQs

Answer: Food and drink are strictly prohibited.

Photo Identification is required for all students testing at NVCC’s Testing Center. The ID must include the student’s name and a recognizable photograph.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • A current driver’s license
  • A state ID (non-driver ID)
  • A high school ID
  • A college ID
  • A military ID
  • A current passport
  • A tribal ID
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • A residency card or green card
  • A recent yearbook from the student’s high school
Answer: Cell phones and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited.
The purpose of taking a placement test is to identify your academic strengths and needs and plan an appropriate schedule of course work.
Answer: Accuplacer is a computerized adaptive placement test to assess your basic skills in English, reading and mathematics.

Answer: There is no talking permitted in the testing center once test sessions are underway. If you have a question or problem during the test, raise your hand and wait for a proctor to assist you. Proctors are not permitted to answer questions about the test items.

Answer: No.Testing is included as part of your $20 application fee.
  • Students must have pre-approval to retest; retest form must be signed by an advisor, counselor, or faculty member. 
  • Students may only retest once.
  • Students must show Photo-ID or they will not be permitted to retest. 
  • Students must show some sign of effort to increase their scores.Students should wait the recommended 2 weeks to retest.
Contact NVCC's Testing Center

Contact NVCC's Testing Center

Testing Center Location:
Kinney Hall, Room 519e
P: 203-575-8215

Test Administrators:

Jessica Miller 
P: 203-575-8048

Susan Vaichus 
P: 203-575-8218

Video: What to expect at testing

What to Expect at Your English & Math Placement Tests

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