Testing for Placement Assessment has been waived for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters
To maintain COVID-19 social distancing standards, all testing for the purpose of placement assessment has been temporarily waived for the incoming Fall 2021 semester. Your advisor will work with you to help determine the appropriate coursework for your schedule. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working together to determine your placement
Your course placement is important to college success. SUNY Broome uses the results of your assessment and multiple measures to work with you to determine the appropriate course work, and get you on the right track. It’s important to speak candidly with your advisor about your confidence level and preparation for courses before you register.
Computerized placement testing
Note: Testing for Placement Assessment has been waived for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters.
SUNY Broome uses the ACCUPLACER platform for computerized assessment testing. This assessment is administered on campus. Math, reading, and English sections are given in a single three hour maximum session.
View our most recent ACCUPLACER test scores (pdf), and how they relate to your course registration planning.
This assessment is NOT pass/fail. It is important to do your best so an accurate assessment can be made. Your assessment results will determine if required developmental coursework is necessary. Once the assessment is completed, contact information for academic advisors will be provided so students may make an appointment to register for classes and review degree requirements.
We highly encourage students to review provided information and sample questions before taking the placement assessment. Please note that Accuplacer offers a web-based study app for your computer, smartphone, or tablet. This app is Free and features practice assessments in Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics, Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions, and Next Generation Reading. ESL practice assessments are also available. For more information, please visit the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the English Section of the Placement Assessment like?
The Next Generation Reading and WritePlacer Essay are administered through the College Board’s computer-based assessment ACCUPLACER.
Next Generation Reading: Part I
The Next Generation Reading assessment is composed of twenty questions. The Reading Comprehension assessment will assess a student’s ability to develop meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts.
The Next Generation Reading assessment consists of reading a passage and answering questions based on the information from the passage, and determining what word or phrase best fits the meaning of a sentence that is provided.
WritePlacer Essay: Part 2
The WritePlacer Essay assessment is an essay on a topic to assess the students’ ability to write and communicate effectively, which is critical to academic success. The essay score is based on the ability to express, organize, and support opinions as well as ideas.
The results of the WritePlacer Essay assessment determine placement into a remedial or credit bearing English course(s).
Note: Adobe Reader is needed to open the .PDF file of sample questions.
What is the Math Section of the Placement Assessment like?
The Math section is administered through the College Board’s computer-based assessment ACCUPLACER. Topics range from Next Generation quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics (rational numbers, ratio and proportional relationships, exponents, algebraic expressions, linear equations, linear applications and graphs, probability and sets, descriptive statistics, geometry concepts for pre- algebra, and geometry concepts for algebra 1 and Next Generation advanced algebra and functions (linear equations, linear applications and graphs, factoring, quadratics and functions).
You CANNOT use a calculator (unless otherwise specified). The results are used to determine placement into Math courses, whether refresher or credit bearing.
Note: Adobe Reader is needed to open the .PDF file of sample questions.
Are all students required to take the Placement Assessment?
All entering, full-time and part-time matriculated students (accepted into a degree program) are required to take the placement assessment, but may be waived based on certain criteria. Transcripts must be received by SUNY Broome to determine if you are waived. See waiver criteria below.
Non-matriculated (not accepted into a degree program) students are not required to take a placement assessment. They may do so to help facilitate in course selection.
What is the criteria to be waived from the Placement Assessment?
English Placement – Students are waived from assessment if:
- They are a current year graduating senior who received an 85% or higher on the ELA Regents Exam and have corresponding final English grades of 85% or higher in 9-11 grade.
- They have completed English 110 or English 110S at SUNY Broome Community College with a “D” or higher.
- They transfer a college-level credited English Composition class with a grade of “C” or higher (remedial courses cannot be used for waiver criteria from other institutions). Classes must be from an accredited institution from which SUNY Broome would accept transfer credit.
- They have completed a SUNY Broome Community College English placement assessment within the last two years of the date they are applying.
Math Placement – Students are waived from assessment if:
- They are a current year graduating senior who is currently enrolled in Foundations of College Math. Students must complete the course with a final grade of 70% or higher.
- They are a graduating senior (graduating in the current year) who is currently enrolled in Pre-Calculus or Calculus and have passed the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Exam with a 65% or higher.
- They have completed Math at SUNY Broome Community College with a “D” or higher.
- They transfer a college-level credited Math with a grade of “C” or higher (remedial courses cannot be used for waiver criteria from other institutions). Classes must be from an accredited institution from which SUNY Broome would accept transfer credit.
- They have completed a SUNY Broome Community College Math placement assessment within the last two years of the date they are applying.
What if I need testing accommodations?
Students who require test accommodations because of a disability should submit documentation records (IEP/ 504 Plan and Psychoeducational Report, Psychological Evaluation, Medical Verification) to the Accessibility Resources Office. Documentation must be submitted prior to the scheduled Placement Assessment date so accommodation arrangements can be made. Please contact ARO at +1 (607) 778-5150 or email@example.com for additional information.
What if English-is-my-second language?
For those students needing ESL assessment: The assessment consists of Listening, Grammar/Usage, Reading, Writing, and Math. The Accuplacer ESL assessment consists of five English sections: Language Use, Listening, Reading and Writing, as well as a Math section. This placement assessment is also administered on a computer.
Can I have my Accuplacer scores from SUNY Broome sent to another college?
To have scores transferred to another institution, please have the following information before submitting your request:
- Student Name
- Birth Date
- SUNY Broome ID# (if possible)
- Phone Number
- Name of the Institution scores are being sent to
- Name of Person / Office at the Institution
- Phone # of Person / Office at the Institution
- Fax # of Person / Office at the Institution
Submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow up to 48 hours for your request to be processed and completed. Check with your institution for receipt of your scores after the processing period.
Will SUNY Broome accept Accuplacer test scores from other colleges?
SUNY Broome Community College will accept scores from ACCUPLACER’s Reading Comprehension, and Essay (also known as WritePlacer). However, final determination of what scores are acceptable will be made by the departments. Any placement assessment section the student is missing will need to be completed on the SUNY Broome campus.
Math scores cannot be accepted from other colleges.
Have scores sent to:
SUNY Broome Community College
PO Box 1017
Binghamton, NY 13902
Or Fax: +1 (607) 778-5294
Or email: email@example.com
Can I take the Accuplacer Placement Assessment for another college at SUNY Broome?
SUNY Broome Community College will proctor the ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment for students seeking entrance into another institution. Contact the institution you are taking the placement assessment for to find out what is required by them. Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what the other college requires us to do to facilitate.
Can I take the placement assessment for SUNY Broome Community College closer to where I live?
SUNY Broome understands that many of our students who are enrolling in SUNY Broome, as well as Fully Online Programs live a distance from our campus. To accommodate those students, there are options available for remote placement testing. Other college testing centers will often proctor tests for SUNY Broome. Please contact your local Community College’s Admission office to inquire about this. *Testing fees may apply*. You will need to create a Placement Voucher. Follow the steps below.
STEP 1: Create a voucher.
STEP 2: You will get an email from Accuplacer that the voucher was created for you.
STEP 3: Contact the institution where you are going to take the placement assessment to schedule an appointment.
If you are in the New York City Area you can take the Placement at the SUNY Welcome Center:
SUNY Welcome Center – 18th Floor
33 West 42nd Street (across from Bryant Park)
New York, New York 10036
Telephone: +1 (212) 364-5821
Fax: +1 (518) 320-1573
Visit the SUNY Welcome Center website
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday