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Placement Testing

Placement test scores are required for all new incoming and transfer students for placement into reading, English and math classes. Students who have ACT scores on file in the Admission's office are not required to take the College's placement test. The Compass placement test is free to students who complete their testing at a GCC campus. 

The COMPASS placement test is an untimed computerized test, that helps you and your academic advisor select classes and plan an appropriate course of study. The test is not used to determine admission to the college.

  • Photo ID is required for testing
  • No appointment is necessary
  • COMPASS testing is available at all Campus Centers
  • Allow approximately 2 hours for completion of the placement test
  • A sample COMPASS test is available
  • There is no charge for the test

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please notify Margaret Heater, Assistant Dean of Student Development at (585) 343-0055 extension 6475.

Students outside of Western New York

For remote placement testing, students will be given either a COMPASS placement test or an ACCUPLACER placement test. 

Getting ready for COMPASS and ACCUPLACER tests

The following websites will provide you with lessons in the above subjects to help you brush up on your skills and knowledge: