Placement testing waivers and processes have shifted while testing is being done remotely.  To see if you can be waived from any test sections, please contact Admissions at gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu .  To learn more about how testing is conducted, please contact the Center for Academic Planning and Support (CAPS) at greatbaycaps@ccsnh.edu

The computerized placement test, in combination with prior college experience or other test scores, will determine what classes you begin with at Great Bay Community College, so you want to do your very best. The assessment consists of:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics (two sections)
  • Writing Sample
  • Computer Skills

If you are a student with a documented disability, please contact the Disability Services and submit documentation before you register for the test.

English Language Learners should contact the Karen Frisbie & Diana Varga before registering for the test.

  1. Learn about the Accuplacer test.
  2. Learn about the Computer Skills Placement test.
  3. Determine which sections you will need through the placement waiver chart (see Placement Testing Waivers section below) and certificate placement chart (see Placement Testing Requirements for Certificate Programs section below), or contact Admissions.
  4. Do some review (see Accuplacer Placement Test Preparation section below). A little bit goes a long way and can save you time and money!
  5. Register for Placement Testing…it’s FREE!
  6. Bring a photo ID (such as a state issued driver’s license) to the assessment.

There are several ways to waive sections of the placement test, and you may not need all sections for your major. If you are non-matriculated, but plan to take a course that requires English, Math, or Technology skills, some testing will be required.

ACCUPLACER SECTION

NEW SAT

ACT

AP

Advanced High School work

College Coursework

OLD SAT  (2014-2015)

Reading Comprehension

Any new SAT scores

24

(Reading)

3

(English)

X

9 credits transferable Humanities/Social Science/English or Transferable College Composition course

550

(Critical Reasoning)

Essay

If waived from essay, reading testing may still be required.

Any new SAT scores

8

(Essay)

3

(English)

AP/Honors English with B or higher in Jr/Sr yearTransferable College Composition course

8

(Essay)

 

Math

Any new SAT scores

23

(Mathematics)

3 or 4

(Calculus)

4

(Statistics)

Less than 3 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 2.0 up
OR
3 to 5 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 2.5 up
OR
More than 5 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 3.0 up
OR
Adv Algebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Calculus I or II with B or higher
Transferable math class  (depends on major)550 or higher

Computer (not required for all majors)

X

X

X

Programming language course with B or higherTransferable computer applications or programming course

X

Certificate Full Testing ** No Testing Reading Math Writing Computer Skills Comments
Accounting X Full Testing Recommended; CSP not required
Advanced Composites. Mfg. X X X
Automotive Technology X
Biotechnology * X CSP not required
Biotechnology   Advanced X
Computer Numeric Control (CNC) X X X
Data Science X X
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate X
ECE Advanced Certificate X X
Homeland Security X
Hospitality: all 3 certificates X Full Testing Recommended; CSP not required
Information Systems X RECOMMENDED Full Testing Recommended
Linux # X CSP required
Leadership and Management X Full Testing Recommended; CSP not required
Risk Management X
Sales and Digital Marketing X
Massage ^ X
Motorcycle Maintenance X
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) X X X
Programming # X CSP required
Software Development # X CSP required
Veterinary Practice # X CSP not required
Welding X
** Full Testing is: Reading, Math, Writing, and, where appropriate, Computer Skills
^  College level reading is a prerequisite to admission into the Certificate Program
*  College level writing is a prerequisite to admission
#  College level math, reading and writing are required for admission

The goal of placement testing is to determine the appropriate level for your classes. Many students start in developmental classes, but the Accuplacer is a way to show you have the skills to start higher! It’s a really good idea to do some review before the test. If you’ve already tested but believe you can do better, these are great resources to use before you retest.

There are a variety of ways to prepare for the Accuplacer test:

  1. On your own – Great websites include:
    1. CollegeBoard
    2. Khan Academy
    3. How to write a basic essay
    4. Microsoft (click on desired application and choose 2016 videos and tutorials)
  1. Online tools – in addition to the websites above, there are several online programs to help you prepare, with varying costs:
    1. PLATOweb this web-based program offers Accuplacer preparation in math, reading, and writing. Cost: Free for matriculated GBCC students; $100 for four months access for others.
    2. Accuplacer Study apps practice right on your mobile device or computer in the areas of math and reading, and view sample essays and scoring information. Use the Next Generation Accuplacer and Writeplacer Guide. Access is free.
  1. Face-to-face options – there are several ways to get in-person help with your review:
    1. Adult Education – centers in your area and on the GBCC campus offer free and low cost classes to build academic and other skills for transition to college. Contact CAPS for more information.
    2. The Business and Training Center offers non-credit courses at a reduced price to GBCC students.
  1. IF YOU HAVE TIME TO DO ONLY ONE THING, go to the sample questions to get a feel for Accuplacer. Follow the links below to find sample questions for the math and reading subjects on the Accuplacer.
    1. Quantitative Reasoning
    2. Arithmetic
    3. Advanced Algebra and Functions
    4. Reading