About accuplacer

About the Accuplacer Test

NVCC uses the Accuplacer computerized, adaptive placement test to assess your basic skills in English, reading and mathematics. The test results are used by advisors to make decisions about the level of courses you are prepared to take.

Prior to signing up for the test, you must:

    • Complete and submit an application for admission to the Admissions Office.
    • pay a $20 application fee
    • Get your Student/Banner/Net ID from the Admissions Office - this is your student ID number and it is required to take the test.
    • Returning or transfer students: check with your advisor about whether or not to take (or retake) one or more parts of the placement test. 

About the Accuplacer Test
Schedule a test

How to Schedule a Test

  • Waterbury: Students who have completed all the appropriate steps and are ready to schedule a test at the Waterbury campus, may do so online
  • Danbury: Students who have completed all the appropriate steps and are ready to schedule a test at the Danbury campus should select a date below and then email us to schedule your test appointment.  Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, desired date of test, and telephone number.  You will receive a confirmation email.

Danbury Accuplacer Test Times

Day Date Time Room
Friday October20
2:30 p.m.
D206
Friday October27
2:30 p.m.
D206
Friday November 3 2:30 p.m.
D206
Friday November 10 2:30 p.m.
D206
Friday November 17 2:30 p.m.
D206

Spring 2018 classes begin January 17, 2018

How to Schedule a Test
Walk-in testing

Walk-In Testing

For students who would rather skip making an appointment, consult the Waterbury or Danbury testing calendars for available "walk-in" dates. On testing walk-in days, students are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember that prior to taking the test, a completed application must be submitted to the Admissions Office.


Retest policy

Retest Policy

  • Students must have pre-approval to retest; retest form must be signed by an advisor, counselor, or faculty member.
  • Students may only retest once.
  • Students must show Photo-ID or they will not be permitted to retest.
  • Students must show some sign of effort to increase their scores.
  • Students should wait the recommended 2 weeks to retest.

How to prepare

How to Prepare for the Placement Test

There are a number of resources to help you review in reading, grammar, arithmetic and algebra before taking the placement test.

  • Using Google or Yahoo, search “Accuplacer Practice.”
  • Find SAT preparation or review books to help you refresh your basic skills at local bookstores, libraries and online.
  • Visit NVCC'sTesting Center or ourAcademic Center for Excellence (ACE)for additional study guides and practice tests. The ACE also has tutors if you'd like some extra guidance.
  • Download a study guide or take an online practice test:
  • Minimum Score Requirements

    Minimum Score Requirements to be Waived from Testing

    SATs ACTs GED
    Test date prior to March 2016:
    500 in Math 
    450 in Critical Reading or Writing.
    Test date after March 2016:
    530 in Math
    510 in New Evidence-Based Reading/Writing or
    26 in SAT Writing & Language or
    25 in SAT Reading
    18 in Math
    21 in English or
    47 in English and Reading combined.
    165 in GED Math Reasoning Test
    165 in GED Reasoning Language Arts

    Accuplacer FAQs

    Accuplacer FAQs

    Answer: Food and drink are strictly prohibited.

    Photo Identification is required for all students testing at NVCC’s Testing Center. The ID must include the student’s name and a recognizable photograph.

    Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

    • A current driver’s license
    • A state ID (non-driver ID)
    • A high school ID
    • A college ID
    • A military ID
    • A current passport
    • A tribal ID
    • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
    • A residency card or green card
    • A recent yearbook from the student’s high school
    Answer: Cell phones and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited.
    The purpose of taking a placement test is to identify your academic strengths and needs and plan an appropriate schedule of course work.
    Answer: Accuplacer is a computerized adaptive placement test to assess your basic skills in English, reading and mathematics.

    Answer: There is no talking permitted in the testing center once test sessions are underway. If you have a question or problem during the test, raise your hand and wait for a proctor to assist you. Proctors are not permitted to answer questions about the test items.

    Answer: No.Testing is included as part of your $20 application fee.
    • Students must have pre-approval to retest; retest form must be signed by an advisor, counselor, or faculty member. 
    • Students may only retest once.
    • Students must show Photo-ID or they will not be permitted to retest. 
    • Students must show some sign of effort to increase their scores.Students should wait the recommended 2 weeks to retest.

    Contact NVCC's Testing Center

    Testing Center Location: 
    Kinney Hall, Room 519e
    P: 203-575-8215

    Test Administrators
    Jessica Miller 
    P: 203-575-8048

    Susan Vaichus 
    P: 203-575-8218

    Video: What to expect at testing

    What to Expect at Your English & Math Placement Tests

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