Placement Testing

About Placement Testing

NCC wants to help ensure your success by providing a course of study that will fulfill your unique goals and objectives. In order to achieve our goal of helping you attain your objectives, we require that all entering students who do not have previous transfer credits or NCC credits in English and/or mathematics take a placement test.

The results of the placement test will supply you and your NCC advisors with complete information on the current state of your reading comprehension, writing and mathematics skills. These results help us determine which courses may or may not be suitable or appropriate for you. Without this information, it would be difficult for us to accurately gauge which courses may be too easy or too difficult for any student. We want to ensure that you get the most out of your experience here at the college.

How the Test Works

The placement test consists of several sections of multiple-choice questions covering English and math.

You will take the test on a computer, but you do not need computer experience. If you are not familiar with using a keyboard and a mouse, you will be given a brief orientation at the time of the test. Throughout the test session a proctor will be present if you have any questions.

Tests are not timed because we want you to give every question as much thought as you need. Students usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete each section, but you may work at your own pace.

Test Results

To view your placement test results log in to  Once you have logged into the myCommNet :

  • Click on the “Banner Self – Service” link
  • Click on “Registration / Schedule” tab, then
  • “Items that may prevent registration” and
  • “Check Placement Test Recommendations”
  • Print your test recommendations and bring with you to your Panther Advising Workshop (PAW) or Advising session.

Please note: It can take approximately 2-7 days for your results to be posted. For questions/concerns, please contact the Testing Center 203.857.7070, Room E-211.

For myCommNet login instructions and password resets visit the IT Department online here.

Prepare for the Math Placement Test

We encourage students to review their math skills by accessing the FREE math tutorial offered through Khan Academy and Accuplacer prior to the exam.

To access Khan Academy, please go to where you will be asked to create an account.

Khan Academy offers FREE, self-paced, extensive, online math review of Math Basics, Algebra I/II, Geometry, Trigonometry,

Pre-Calculus  and beyond! The program is fun and provides video-based and interactive tutorials!

To access Accuplacer please go to  Accuplacer offers FREE complete practice tests for up to six months.