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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 test.

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 tests.

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 or contact the Coordinator of Testing at 516.572.7780

Transferring Credits

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, NY 12224.

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 deadlines established.

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.