Questions About Placement Testing

Q: Why do I have to take this test?

A: A test of basic skills is required for all full-time students and for students who wish to matriculate at DCC. This testing is used to determine proper placement in English, reading and mathematics classes. Most students will take the ACCUPLACER for course placement.

Q: Why do I have to be tested in Reading and English?

A: Reading and English skills are essential for college success. You must read well enough to understand college textbooks and write well enough to write essays and prepare term papers.

Q: Why do I have to take a math test?

A: Certain quantitative skills and mathematical concepts are necessary for success in many college courses. These are the skills and concepts that the test measures.

Q: What do I need to bring to testing?

A: You will need to bring:

  1. Photo identification such as a driver's license.
  2. A Test Referral sheet which you obtain at the Admissions Office, if you are a full-time student or at the Registrar's Office, if you are a part-time student. Your “Check List” letter from Admissions indicating which testing is needed with your DCC ID number are also acceptable as a test referral.

Q: What is the cost of the test?

A: For DCC students there is no fee for placement testing services.

Q: How should I prepare for the test?

A: The test's goal is to assess your skills in reading, English and mathematics. A review of mathematics helps refresh those skills. You should review the test format and the types of questions asked. By understanding and being familiar with the test format your anxiety level will be reduced. Click for more information about how to prepare.

Q: Can I retake the placement test?

A: As a general rule, no, you may not retake the placement test, since the placement tests are designed to determine your level of placement in first semester courses. Scores are valid for two years. It is extremely important that you take the test seriously and arrive well rested and feeling in good health for the tests. Applicants who did not place as well as they would have liked have the opportunity to retest after completing an academic preparation program. Contact the Office of Academic Services and Testing at (845) 431-8090 for more information.

Q: When will I get the results?

A: Most results are available immediately. English Course Placement Appeal results can take up to 2 weeks to receive. 

Q: What is the English Course Placement Appeal?

A: The English Course Placement appeal is available to qualifying students based on their English course placement results. Qualified students are given the opportunity to write an essay which is then evaluated by a professor from the English department to determine final course placement. Students qualifying for the English Course Placement appeal will be notified with their test results. English Course Placement Appeals are completed during walk-in testing times. Call the Office of Academic of Services for a current testing schedule (845-431-8090).

Q: What must I do to receive testing accommodations?

A:  Students in need of testing accommodations who only need extended time may take the computer-based reading, English and math placement test without prior approval from the Office of Accommodative Services. For all other placement tests and accommodation requests, contact the Office of Accommodative Services at (845) 431-8055 for information regarding documentation requirements. Testing accommodations must be approved by the Office of Accommodative Services prior to scheduling placement tests. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students must request accommodations before taking the placement tests. Students who opt to take placement tests without their accommodations are not eligible to re-test with accommodations.

Q: Can I fail the placement tests?

A: No. If, by the time you enroll in DCC, you have, or will have, a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly GED), you are automatically accepted. The placement test determines the proper courses for you to take during your first semester, and whether you are required to enroll in noncredit preparatory classes.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: Most testing is done on a “walk-in” basis.  Testing is done year-round on the main campus, with schedules varying from month to month. View the current schedule at:

Appointments are required for the following:

  • Approved Accommodated Testing – Call 845-431-8090 to schedule. 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) - Call 845-431-8090 to schedule. 
  • Placement Testing at DCC South (Wappingers Falls) - Call 845-790-3610 for more information.