Jamestown Community College has you take computer-based placement testing before you enroll in college classes. The test helps determine which classes you're best prepared for, and where you're more likely to succeed.
If you are a full-time student, you are required to take the placement test. If you are a part time student, we strongly encourage you to take the placement test before registration. You will have to take the placement test before enrollling in any course with a reading, writing, or math prerequisite.
|About the placement test|
The full test takes about two and a half hours to complete and is administered throughout the year. No separate fee is charged for the placement test. The cost is included in the processing fee which is added to your bill upon matriculation to JCC.
The test portions include:
Your placement test results will be available after you complete testing. You are required to bring a copy of your results to advisement. If you are a part-time student, you can set up an appointment with a counselor to review your test results.
You may be exempt from the following placement tests if:
|Placement retest policy|
Computer-based placement tests are offered in writing, reading, and mathematics. Results are valid for three years after the date of the initial test(s).
You may schedule a retest option for all areas or a single area at least 24 hours after you originally took the test. Regardless of the number of areas to retest, there is a $10 fee to be paid in advance per retest appointment. Retesting for course eligibility in a given semester must be completed by the end of the second day of that semester. You only get one retest option per academic year.
Upon request, a pen and paper essay retest will be allowed. Arrangements are made with the English faculty at each campus.
College Connections (CC) students
At this time, a reading and/or writing retest option can be scheduled in the designated high school at no charge. If you schedule an on-campus retest, you will be charged a retest fee of $10, payable in advance. Retests must be completed prior to registering for a College Connections course.