Placement Testing Overview

Photo ID is required for all testing.

Accurate course placement is a critical step towards registering for classes at OCC.  Testing Services works closely with OCC's English and math departments to determine the best ways for students to be placed.  Placement testing is often not the only tool used to figure out which English, reading and math courses mesh best with your individual skills. Students will be placed using the following:

Placement Testing:  Students who are not exempt from testing based on one or more of the options below will need to take the placement test to see what English, reading and math courses they are eligible for. These tests are very important! Think of them as your opportunity to show how ready you are for college level courses. You should review and be prepared to give your best effort. OCC uses ACCUPLACER placement testing.  Tests are administered on a walk-in basis during posted hours. You must have photo ID in order to test and you must have an OCC student ID number. The test consists of multiple choice reading and math sections and a typed essay for English. English language learners will also take a Listening Skills test. Students will receive their test scores and placements immediately upon completion of testing.

Transfer credit (including AP & CLEP): Students who have successfully completed (grade of C or higher) a course equivalent to our ENG-103, RDG-153 and/or MAT-104 or higher will be able to take the next consecutive course at OCC after official transcripts have been received and evaluated.  Send in your official transcripts as soon as your college course work is complete. Students will be notified of their placements after official transcripts from previous institutions have been reviewed.

Math Placement Test Exemptions:  Students coming to OCC from high school can be placed in math courses using the following table. The math placement test is not required for these students as long as their most recent math course was within two academic years of enrollment at OCC.

High School Course Completed
OCC Math Course Placement
SAT Math score of 530 or higher
MAT 104, 112, 113, 118
ACT Math score of 21 or higher
MAT 104, 112, 113, 118 
High School GPA of 85% or higher
MAT 104, 112, 113, 118
Final grade of 66% or higher in Regents Level Algebra I, 1 additional Regents Level math course, and an additional math course (Regents Level not required for the 3rd course) 
MAT 104, 112, 113, 118
Final grade of 66% or higher in Regents Level Algebra I, a second Algebra course (no Regents required), and an additional Regents Level math (most likely Geometry)
MAT 104, 109, 112, 113, 114, 118, 121
Registration or completion of a HS Pre-Calculus course OR final grade of 66% or higher in 3 Regents Level math courses (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry)
MAT 104, 109, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118, 119, 121, 143
Registration or completion of a HS Calculus course OR completion of high school Pre-Calculus with at least a C (72%) and an overall HS GPA of 85           
MAT 104, 109, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118, 119, 121, 143, 151, 161
Completion of high school math course that does not meet any of the above criteria
 MAT 084, 088, 089 (non-credit courses)

English & Integrated Learning (Reading) Exemptions:

GPA: An unweighted GPA of 80% or higher will exempt students from English and reading testing and place students directly into Integrated Learning Seminar 153 or 140 and English 103. Please note that final 11th grade GPA is the earliest GPA that will be considered for exemption.  Freshman, sophomore and mid-junior year GPA's will not meet the exemption criteria.

SAT Critical Reading & ACT English:

If you score...

  • 500 or better on the old SAT Critical Reading test
  • 27 or better on the new SAT reading subtest
  • 21 or better on the ACT English

You will be placed into ILS 153 Integrated Learning Seminar or ILS 140 Integrated Learning Seminar: Health Sciences (3 credits) and English 103 Freshman Composition & Literature (3 credits).

After you know what your placements are, discuss them with an advisor and create a class schedule that will help you graduate on time and meet your educational goals.  If you have questions, you can email Testing Services ([email protected]) or The Advising Center ([email protected]) for guidance. 

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