Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions and Answers about the Placement Test

1. Why should I take this test?

All full-time and part-time students entering New Jersey public colleges take a Basic Skills Placement Test. The results of this test help academic advisors place you in courses for which you are best suited. Therefore, you should take this seriously since it helps the college determine what courses you need to take.


2. Is this an admissions test? Will I be denied admission?

No. The test has nothing to do with your being admitted to college. In fact, you will not take the test until after you have been accepted for admission.


3. I have taken courses at another college. Do I need to take this test?

Each college has policies for testing transfer students. However, you will be expected to take the test unless you have attained sophomore status and have received transfer credit for college-level composition and mathematics.


4. Why do you test Reading and Writing?

Reading and writing skills are essential for success in college. You must read well enough to understand your college textbooks and write well enough to prepare term papers and write essays.

5. Why are you testing mathematics?

Certain quantitative skills and mathematical concepts are necessary for success in many phases of college-level work. These are the skills and concepts that the test measures.


6. May I take the test at another college and have my scores transferred?

You are expected to take the test at the institution you plan to attend. If you already took the test at a another college, contact that college’s test administrator to arrange to transfer the scores.