Students new to college are required to attend a PAW Workshop for advisement. Other students may contact the Academic Counseling Center 203.857.7033 for an advisement appointment.

College Credit Exemption

Students who have attended other colleges may be exempt from NCC’s placement test.

If you’ve earned previous college-level English and/or Math credits from an accredited institution and received a grade of C (2.0) or above, you’re exempt from taking NCC’s placement test in that specific subject.  (Please submit an official copy of your college transcript to our Admissions Office.)

If you’ve earned an Associate or Bachelor degree from an accredited U.S. college/university, NCC assumes you possess the English/math skills required to be academically successful in our college-level courses.  You are therefore exempt from taking the Accuplacer placement test.

Please Note: NCC retains the authority to require a Math assessment for certain programs, and for all registrants after a period of 3 years.

SAT/ACT/AP Exemptions

Students who have taken the SAT/ACT exam may be exempt from the English and/or Math sections of our placement test.

If your SAT (taken prior to March 2016) Critical Reading score or SAT Writing score is 450 or above, you’ve met the requirements for NCC’s English 101 placement and do not need to take the placement exam.

If you have taken the NEW SAT (after MARCH 2016) and received a score of 25 or above on the Reading Test (RST1), 26 or above on the Writing/Language Test (WST1), or 480 or above on the Composite score (EST1), you are exempt from the Accuplacer exam and are eligible to take English 101.

If your ACT English score is 21 or higher (or your composite ACT English/Reading score is 47 or higher), you are exempt from taking the English portion our placement exam and have placed into English 101.

Finally, if you received a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) test in English, you will receive credit as having taken English 101, are exempt from the English portion of the Accuplacer exam, and will receive transcript credit.

If you have questions regarding SAT/ ACT exemptions, please contact the Testing Center at 203.857.7077

Please Note: SAT/ACT /AP scores may only be used if within three (3) years:



SAT: Reading/Writing score (EST1) 480+ ENG 101
SAT Reading Test (RST1)  


ENG 101
SAT Writing/Language Test (WST1)  


ENG 101
ACT English Only 21+ ENG 101
ACT English and Reading  


ENG 101
AP English 3 (or higher) ENG 101 Transcript credit


You may use SAT/ACT scores for entrance into some NCC mathematics courses. All students are encouraged to take the Accuplacer Math placement test, in addition to submitting SAT/ACT scores, as the higher placement is honored. Please contact Elizabeth Glatt, Math Chairperson for further information.

SAT Math score ACT Math score Course*
490-529 N/A MAT 136E or MAT 094
530-569 18-21 MAT 136
570-619 22-26 MAT 146, MAT 172, or MAT 201
≥620 ≥27 MAT 186, MAT 190
AP Calculus AB Exam 3 MAT 186
AP Calculus AB Exam 4 or 5 MAT 254
AP Calculus BC Exam 3 MAT 186
AP Calculus BC Exam 4 or 5 MAT 254 and MAT 256

*Please refer to our online course catalog for descriptions of NCC’s Math courses.