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College Placement Testing

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Make an appointment for your College Placement Test, please click here

What is the College Placement Test?

It is a series of tests required for most new students. The tests assess your readiness for college-level English, mathematics, and science courses. You cannot pass or fail these tests. The test scores determine at which level (pre-college or college) the student may begin taking classes. Non-degree and dual-enrollment students are also required to take the Placement Tests, unless they meet one of the exemptions in the section below.

Who is exempt from the Placement Test?

Students who have

  • Associates or Bachelors’ degrees;
  • taken math, English, or science courses at another accredited institution and earned a C or higher;
  • earned a 3 or higher on AP exams

may be exempt from some or all Placement Tests. Please submit official transcripts to the RCC Enrollment Center before scheduling or taking Placement Exams.

What if I tested at another college?

We may be able to use Placement Test scores from another college. We accept the following test scores:

  • Accuplacer™ WritePlacer
  • Accuplacer™ WritePlacer ESL
  • Accuplacer™ College Algebra
  • Accuplacer™ Arithmetic
  • Accuplacer™ College Level Math
  • CELSA

Scores must be:

  • less than 3 years old
  • verified by the original institution

Scores can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the RCC Department of Testing & 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.

How many times can a student take the test?

August 2017: Students may take any section of the Placement Test up to 3 times in 12 months. Students seeking additional retakes must submit a petition to the Coordinator of Student Assessment for review by a Dean or Vice President. Click here to access the Petition for Additional Retests.

Info Sheets And Study Guides

For Students Needing Accommodations

Students who have college-level documentation of a disability should visit the Disability Services page for information on applying for test accommodations.

RCC Department Of Testing & Assessment
Building 4, Room 311B (new location)
Coordinator: Danielle Tabela
617-708-3628
testing@rcc.Mass.Edu

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