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Schedule a Placement Test Online

In order to sign up for a placement test, you must first submit an application to NCC, with a $20.00 fee, and receive your NCC Student ID (Banner) number.

We strongly encourage you to test well before the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll. If you receive your placement results early, you can take full advantage of our advising services and have a better choice of classes.

We make it convenient for you to test by offering a variety of times each week. Exact days and times for tests are determined four to six weeks in advance.

If you have a documented disability and would like to request testing accommodations, call the disabilities coordinator at (203) 857-7192. Please contact the coordinator before you schedule a test.

In most cases retesting is not allowed, so we encourage you to be serious and committed to doing your best. Schedule your test for a time when you will not be distracted or rushed. Most students complete the test in approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Please plan to be here for at least that amount of time.


Please Choose The Type of Test You Need

Basic Skills

Many of our courses, regardless of the subject area, require certain English skills. You should take the Basic Skills English test (1) if English is your first language or (2) if English is your second language but you graduated from a U.S. high school with all four years of mainstream English (not ESL) classes.

If you are pursuing a degree at NCC or planning to enroll in courses with a math requirement, you will also have to take the math section of the Basic Skills test. ESL students should wait to get their ESL results before signing up for a math test.

If you have passed college-level English or math courses or achieved certain scores on the SAT test, you may be exempt from all or part of the Basic Skills test. For more information about exemptions, click here.

For more information about the different sections of the Basic Skills test and how to prepare for it, click here.

English as a Second Language

If English is not your first language, in most cases you should take the ESL Test, which is specially designed to measure the skills of students like you & those who are not native speakers of English. The test will determine your ESL level or place you into a mainstream English course if that is more appropriate for you.

The test has two parts: (1) 40 multiple-choice questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and reading comprehension, and (2) an essay you will write by hand.

The test is in English, and all instructions are given in English. You cannot use a dictionary or an electronic translator, and you cannot bring friends or family members into the testing room to interpret for you. We want to measure your English skills in order to match you with the class that can best help you.

Schedule a Basic Skills Test Schedule an English as a Second Language Test

You may also:

Check your placement test reservation online

Cancel your placement test reservation online

If you have questions or need help with scheduling, please contact the Testing Center at (203) 857-7070