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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about how testing is conducted, please contact the Center for Academic Planning and Support (CAPS) at email@example.com.
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 Disability Services and submit documentation before you register for the test.
English Language Learners should contact Diana Varga before registering for the test.
- Learn about the Accuplacer test.
- Learn about the Computer Skills Placement test.
- 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.
- Do some review (see Accuplacer Placement Test Preparation section below). A little bit goes a long way and can save you time and money!
- Register for Placement Testing…it’s FREE!
- 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.
|Advanced High School work|
OLD SAT (2014-2015)
Any new SAT scores
|9 credits transferable Humanities/Social Science/English or Transferable College Composition course|
If waived from essay, reading testing may still be required.
|Any new SAT scores|
|AP/Honors English with B or higher in Jr/Sr year||Transferable College Composition course|
Any new SAT scores
3 or 4
|Less than 3 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 2.0 up|
3 to 5 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 2.5 up
More than 5 years out of High School with completion of Algebra II AND HS CGPA 3.0 up
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)
|Programming language course with B or higher||Transferable computer applications or programming course|
|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|
|Biotechnology *||X||CSP not required|
|Computer Numeric Control (CNC)||X||X||X|
|Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate||X|
|ECE Advanced Certificate||X||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|
|Sales and Digital Marketing||X|
|Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)||X||X||X|
|Programming #||X||CSP required|
|Software Development #||X||CSP required|
|Veterinary Practice #||X||CSP not required|
|** 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:
- On your own – Great websites include:
- Online tools – in addition to the websites above, there are several online programs to help you prepare, with varying costs:
- 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.
- 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.
- Face-to-face options – there are several ways to get in-person help with your review:
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