College Placement Testing

New Roxbury Community College students are required to take an Assessment/Placement Test to determine the appropriate course level at which to begin their studies. The Placement Test is used to evaluate students' skills level in English, Math and Science and identify academic strengths and needs. Students do not receive a "passing" or "failing" grade for these tests.

The College Placement Test takes 2 to 3 hours. It consists of four sections: Math, Writing, Reading, and Science.

Non-native speakers with limited English proficiency will take an untimed assessment consisting of a writing test and a multiple choice test. Students who place into the most advanced levels of English as a Second Language courses are also eligible to take the RCC Math Placement exam.

Students who place into lower level courses will be referred to the Office of Corporate and Community Education for the Community ESL Program.

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For Students Needing Accommodations

Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations must register with the Coordinator of Disability Services, Linda O'Connor. Please contact her in Room 207C in the Academic Building; email:loconnor@rcc.mass.edu

Students whose disability impairs them from completing a timed test in the allotted time will be given extended time or reasonable accommodations to assist them in completing the exams. Evaluation of the placement test is based on skill knowledge and not ability to physically complete the test.

Contact Information:

For additional information, contact the Testing Department: testing@rcc.mass.edu or 617-708-3628.

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