Important Things to Know

Upon arrival, report to the Gordon Student Center’s main lobby and follow the signs to Testing Services. In our waiting area there is a service kiosk.  At the kiosk, use the touch screen to generate a numbered Testing Services ticket and have a seat.  

A photo ID that meets the requirements must be presented at any time you take a placement test at Onondaga.  


  • Transfer students are not required to complete placement tests if they have successfully completed (grade of C or higher) a course equivalent to our ENG-103, RDG-153 and MAT-087 or higher.
  • Students who have scored a 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT are exempt from the placement exam in English and reading.  SAT scores can be sent via the high school transcript or a copy of the results from CollegeBoard. It is not necessary to have CollegeBoard send an official report to be exempted from English and Reading Placement testing (must achieve a 500+ Critical Reasoning score).
  • Students entering Onondaga in the year immediately following high school graduation who have successfully completed high school level Pre-Calculus or Calculus (C/75 or better) are exempt from the mathematics portion of the placement exam.
  • Students will be notified of their placement test requirements after official transcripts from previous institutions have been reviewed.

Children are not to be left unattended in the waiting area and are not permitted in the testing lab.