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Placement Testing

Frequently Asked Questions

I missed my test date; what should I do?
If you missed or can't make your test date, call the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255 to reschedule as soon as possible. Tests are offered regularly throughout the year.

I can't make the test date assigned to me; what should I do?
If you missed or can't make your test date, call the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255 to reschedule as soon as possible. Tests are offered regularly throughout the year.

I absolutely can't take the test on a weekday; what should I do?
Tests are offered periodically in the evening and on Saturdays. If you need an evening or weekend date, please call the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255 to reschedule. Please be aware that there is no advisement available during the evening or on Saturday, so you will be required to return to campus to complete the scheduling process.

Can I fail the COMPASS or ASSET test?
No. You cannot fail the Placement Test, and your scores will not prohibit you from attending Hudson Valley Community College. The test scores will help you and your advisors determine the best courses for you to take during your first semester.

What does the COMPASS or ASSET tests measure?
With ASSET you will be taking four parts of the Placement Test: writing; reading; numerical skills; and elementary algebra. The writing section measures your skills in grammar and punctuation. The reading test measures both speed and comprehension. The mathematics tests include basic arithmetic and elementary algebra.

With COMPASS you will be taking three sections of the Placement Test: writing, reading, and mathematics (pre-algebra - algebra).  The writing section measures your skills in grammar and punctuation. The reading test measures comprehension. The mathematics tests include basic arithmetic through algebra.

Should I study for the Placement Test?
You are not expected to learn anything new for the Placement Test. It is designed to give you and your advisor a current assessment of your basic skills.

I have a documented learning disability or other disability and require test accommodations; what should I do?
You should call the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255 or TDD (518) 629-7596 as soon as you receive your testing letter. We will connect you with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology (DRC) and they will help you reschedule your test date. Special accommodations cannot be made during a regular testing session; therefore, it is important that you call us when you get your testing letter.

How do I get waived from the test?
The Admissions Office automatically waives students for the following reasons:

  • Associate's degree or higher;
  • Minimum of 24 college credits, including English Composition and math course work with grades C or better;
  • SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 500+ and Math 500+;
  • Enhanced ACT (Composite 23 and Math 23 and English 22);
  • ASSET or COMPASS Placement Testing at Hudson Valley Community College or another college.

If you feel that you meet any of the above criteria and should be waived from the Placement Test, please call the Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, you will be waived from testing if you meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 6 college credits, including English Composition and math course work with grades C or better;
  • Minimum of 80 overall high school average.

If you feel that you meet any of the above criteria and should be waived from the Placement Test, please call the Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309.

Do I have to take the Placement Test?
All first-time Matriculated students (those that are enrolled in a degree or certificate program) must take the Placement Test prior to meeting with an advisor for their first semester of study. Testing is not required for Non-Matriculated students (those NOT enrolled in a degree or certificate program), but if you want to take the test you can contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at (518) 629-7338.

Can I take the Placement Test closer to home?
Students living at a significant distance from the college or enrolling in an online degree program may request to take the Placement Test at a location closer to their home. This decision is made on an individual basis and is at the discretion of the coordinator of testing, advisement, and academic placement. Students interested in this option, called Remote Testing, need to contact the Testing Office. Students should note that there is usually a fee required by the remote testing site to take a Remote Test. There is no fee to take the Placement Test on Hudson Valley’s campus. After completing the test, the student will receive instructions explaining how to contact an academic advisor. Students should also note advisement is usually not available from a distance.

If you have questions about Placement Testing in general or want to inquire about Remote Testing, please contact the Testing Office by e-mail testing@hvcc.edu or call (518) 629-7255.