Placement Tests In English, Reading, and Mathematics
All degree and certificate seeking applicants to the College are required to take
a placement test prior to registration. This test assesses skills in the areas of
writing, reading, and mathematics, with the results used to determine if special course
work must be taken in those subject areas. Students whose native language is not English
are required to take an English-as-a-Second Language test in lieu of the College's
regular placement test.
Exemptions are granted in the appropriate testing areas as follows:
- Mathematics: Students presenting a score of 510 to 549 on the SAT mathematics section, or a score
of 22 to 23 on the ACT mathematics section shall be exempt from the arithmetic portion
of the exam used for math placement. These students shall be given the algebra portion
of the exam to determine any need for remediation in algebra. Furthermore, if there
is no such need, they shall be given the college level math portion of the exam to
determine their placement into credit math courses. Students presenting a score of
550 or more on the SAT mathematics section, or a score of 24 or more on the ACT mathematics
section shall be exempt from both the arithmetic and the algebra portions of the exam
used for math placement.
- Reading: Students presenting a score of 550 or more on the SAT critical reading section, or
a score of 24 or more on the ACT reading section shall be exempt from the reading
placement exam. These students shall also be exempt from all reading remediation.
- Writing: Students presenting a score of 540 or more on the SAT writing section, or a score
of 24 or more on the ACT English section shall be exempt from the writing placement
exam. Furthermore, these students shall be placed into ENG 101, Introduction to Composition,a credit-bearing English course in the composition series.
- Post-graduate and Transfer Students: Exemptions from the placement test will be given to those students who provide documentation
that they possess a college degree from an accredited institution. Students who have
graduated from colleges outside the United States may be required to take one or more
sections of the placement test. In addition, transfer students who submit documentation
that they have successfully completed a college level mathematics course equivalent
to Nassau's MAT 109 (Algebra and Trigonometry) or higher shall be exempt from the mathematics portion
of the placement test. Those who submit documentation that they have successfully
completed a college level course equivalent to Nassau's ENG 101 (Composition I) shall be exempt from the reading and writing portions of the placement
Please note that: Some students who have been exempted from any part of the NCC placement
testing process, but who are applying for federal or state financial aid, may be required
to prove "ability to benefit" (ATB) through applicable sections of the NCC Placement
The Departments of English, Reading/Basic Education and Mathematics/CSC/ITE have developed
certain circumstances under which some incoming students may be offered the opportunity
to retake part of the placement examination in areas where they are initially unsuccessful.
These policies and procedures are available at the Testing Center.
Students whose test results indicate a need for special courses must take those courses
during the first semester of attendance and continue taking them in successive semesters
until completing them satisfactorily. Successful completion of prescribed remedial
work is a prerequisite to enrollment in specific credit-bearing courses.
These specialized courses in English, reading, and mathematics are found in the Course
Description section of this catalog under BEP 090, BEP 091, BEP 092, COM 030, ENG 001, ENG 002, ENG 030, MAT 001, MAT 002, MAT 003, RDG 001, RDG 002, RDG 030.
The College reserves the right to test or exempt from testing any student regardless
of status applied for and/or deny admission to specific course offerings based on
test results. The College reserves the right to deny registration privileges to any
student who does not comply with all aspects of the Placement Testing Policy.
For further details on specific time and place of assessment testing, see our website
www.ncc.edu/placementtesting or contact the Coordinator of Testing at 516.572.7780
Only equivalent courses with a grade of “C” or higher relevant to a student's degree
requirements at Nassau will be accepted from other regionally accredited postsecondary
institutions to apply toward a degree. Although a minimum of 33 residential credits
must be completed at NCC within the degree (15 credits within a certificate), the
College may transfer additional courses in case students change their program of study
while in attendance. Courses above the 33 credits will be initially excluded. Students
must submit a Change of Program request to change their major—at which time all transferred
in courses will be reviewed once again. Courses completed on a trimester or quarterly
basis will be converted to semester hour credits. Questions regarding evaluation of
transfer credits should be referred to the Office of Admissions.
Additional Credit or Course Placement Opportunities
Opportunities are available to students through a policy of credit allowance for "life
experience" and "credit by examination." Placement into courses or credit may be
granted as is approved by the College based on one or more of the following methods:
(1) Departmental criteria (including written examinations, interviews, evaluation
of past work or study, auditions, etc.); (2) College Level Examination Program (CLEP);
(3) College Proficiency Examination (CPE); (4) Advanced Placement tests (AP); (5)
International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; (6) United States Armed Forces Institute Examinations
(USAFI/DANTES). For additional information, see "Programs for Military Personnel."
Credits earned by examination or departmental assessment are counted as non-resident
credits and are not computed in the cumulative grade point average nor in the total
number of credit hours carried for the semester in which they are awarded. A student
may receive advanced placement with credit by passing, with a minimum score established
by the department, an examination in the appropriate subject area. A student may have
preliminary course(s) waived (advanced placement without credit) and register for
more advanced course(s) upon satisfactory departmental assessment. In either case,
the student must file an application with the department chairperson. The departments
awarding credit for advanced standing and/or "life experience" are Accounting/Business
Administration,Administrative Business Technology, Allied Health, Art, Biology, Criminal
Justice, Engineering/Physics/ Technology, Health/Physical Education/Recreation, Hospitality
Business, Marketing/Retailing, Mathematics/Computer Science, Music, Nursing, Physical
Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre/Dance. Students interested in advanced
standing and/or "life experience" credit should contact the appropriate department.
See the section on Academic Departments and Curricula.
Nassau Community College subscribes to the concept of earning credit through special
programs, such as Independent Study and College Proficiency Examinations, sponsored
by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Credit
may be applied toward a degree in one or a combination of any of these special programs,
if a grade equivalent to "C" or higher is obtained. Further information on these special
programs is available by writing directly to the State Education Department, Albany,
Admission of Persons with Felony Convictions or Disciplinary Dismissals
Applicants who have been incarcerated due to any felony conviction, or have been dismissed
from an institution of higher education for disciplinary reasons, may be accepted
to study at Nassau Community College, providing the applicant is able to successfully
satisfy the evaluation process. Applicants must submit a Request for the Admissions
Review Committee form at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester along with
required documentation, appropriate reference letter and meet the admission completion
The College may deny admission to applicants based on an individual's prior conduct
or conviction where the admission "would involve an unreasonable risk to property
or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public" (Corrections
Law, section 752). The College may also admit an applicant with or without special
conditions related to major selection, course scheduling, or involvement in campus
activities. The College reserves the right to deny an applicant’s request for admission
to the College or to a selected program at the College if the applicant’s prior felony
conviction or incarceration or applicant’s disciplinary record would prevent the applicant
from successfully completing or obtaining a required license and/or certification
associated with the program.