ACCUPLACER Placement Testing

Congratulations on joining our Gateway Family!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have limited the number of students we are scheduling for the placement test. To schedule an appointment for the placement test please call 203-285-2217 or 203-285-2519. In lieu of taking the placement test Gateway will determine your English and math course placement based upon your transcript containing your cumulative GPA (grade point average) and your SAT scores. Kindly upload a copy of your most recent transcript and SAT test scores ASAP to Be sure to include your Banner Student ID number or your application G00 tracking number within your upload email message. We will then update your student record and advise you of your next steps by email at a later date.

What is an ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

A placement test is required for all students who have not successfully completed college-level English and/or math classes. Placement testing helps identify your academic strengths and needs in math, English and reading. The test is not timed, but usually takes 2½ hours to complete. After testing you meet with an Academic Advisor, and the results are used to select appropriate courses based on your current level of ability. If special testing accommodations are required, contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 203-285-2231

Who must take a Placement Test?

  • All new students enrolling in a degree or certificate program
  • Any student planning to take an English writing or math course
  • Any student registering for a course with an English or math pre-requisite
  • Any student taking English as a Second Language courses
  • All High School Partnership applicants, home schooled students and high school students seeking early admission to college.

Is there a fee for the test?

  • No fee for the test. Testing is included as part of your $20 application fee.

Can I be exempt from testing?

The following students may not have to take a placement test:

  • Students who have completed college-level English and/or math courses with a
    grade of “C” or better.
  • Students with an Associate's Degree or higher (must provide transcripts).
  • Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER exam at another college in the past 2 years (must provide documentation if tested outside the CT Community College system).
  • Students who took the SAT or ACT exam within the last two years and have met the minimum qualifying test scores listed below.

To have testing waived, a copy of the SAT/ ACT test scores

 must be brought to the Admissions office.

  • SAT (taken before 3/1/16): 500 in Math; 450 in Critical Reading
  • SAT (taken after 3/1/16): 530 in Math Section; 25 in Reading Test
  • ACT: 18 in Math, 42 in combined English and Reading

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for an exemption talk to an Academic Advisor or Counselor.

What if English is not my first language?

There is a special ESL exam for students whose first language is not English. The ESL tests include Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning and Language Usage. The ESL tests will measure your language skills to see if you need additional help with the English language or if you are ready for regular college-level courses.

Can I retake the placement test?

Students who place into developmental courses may be eligible for FREE English and/or math refresher “Boot Camp” for students wishing to refresh their basic skills and improve their ACCUPLACER scores. Attending a Boot Camp will provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with the Gateway campus, review their basic math and English skills, and build confidence. After successfully completing the Boot Camp, students may retake the ACCUPLACER test and possibly place into a higher level course, thereby saving TIME and MONEY. Boot Camps are for students who are motivated, hard-working, and able to commit to attending all sessions of the program.

How can I prepare for the test?

Before scheduling your appointment to take the placement test, it is strongly recommended that you prepare by reviewing the material and taking practice tests.

 Below are links to help you prepare:

How do I register for the Placement test?

You will need your school ID number in order to register for an appointment.

Click Here to view the Accuplacer Schedule for Fall 2021!

What do I need for my Appointment?

Students must bring their Banner Student ID number to the test session.
Students will be also asked to show an acceptable form of ID from the list below with the name and photograph easily recognizable both before and after the test.

  • College ID
  • Current driver’s license
  • Current passport
  • High School ID
  • Naturalization card
  • State issued ID
  • Tribal ID

Where does the Placement test take place?

At the Center for Educational Services  (CES) - Room S205

Placement Re-Testing Policy

Students wishing to register for courses beyond the Placement Test recommendation (ACCUPLACER) must get faculty approval from the Math and/or English Department. The department may elect to administer a local placement assessment. Faculty may then recommend a placement in a course consistent with the local test results. Students who wish to further challenge the placement outcome may request this from the department chairperson, or the Dean of Students in the absence of the department chair. Students are responsible for providing relevant details supporting their case for the waiver of placement. The Dean of Students may authorize re-testing with the ACCUPLACER. Retesting will be scheduled at a time allotted by the placement coordinator, which will not displace first-time test takers. Academic support strategies are arranged for students with various disabilities through the office of Student Disability Services.

*Please note that children are not permitted in the
Center for Educational Services (CES)




Take a practice test!

It is strongly recommended that you practice before you take the Placement Tests in Math and English that will determine your starting courses.


Sign Up for your Placement Test

To sign up, you will need to have completed your Admissions application, and will enter your College ID number.