Placement Testing



All students requiring the math portion of the exam, will begin with ACCUPLACER® Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) and if you score below 233 on QAS, you will be automatically be directed to the Next Generation Arithmetic exam (untimed multiple-choice questions).

RISE (Readying Incoming Students for Excellence) Program Math Workshop

Erie Community College would like to invite you to participate in the RISE (Readying Incoming Students for Excellence) Program math workshop, designed to prepare incoming students for college level coursework.  RISE is a FREE, Self-Paced, Online workshop that will help you achieve the skills and confidence required to be successful in a college level math course. The workshops are supported by math faculty and tutors who can assist you with the material in the course.  Upon completion, this workshop will ensure that you are placed into the most appropriate math course.  Each workshop will be open for 30 days and must be completed within that time frame. 

There are three separate workshops, Numeric, Algebra Level 1 and Algebra Level 1 and Level 2.  The RISE Enrollment Form responses will guide SUNY Erie in determining the workshop(s) you are best suited for by reviewing your current skill level and future math course requirements.

Enroll today by completing the RISE enrollment form.

For additional information call or email:


Students requiring the English portion of the exam will take the ACCUPLACER® Next Generation Reading Comprehension (untimed multiple-choice questions) and if you score below 256 in Reading Comprehension, you will be automatically directed to WritePlacer (essay of 300+ words, allowed 60 minutes).

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Students who are dominant in a language other than English will take the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) and an Essay for English course placement. ACCUPLACER® Listening is administered to determine Oral/Aural course placement.  (CELSA 45 minutes, Essay – allowed 60 minutes and Listening is untimed).

Request for Release of Accuplacer Results

In order to release your placement test results to another institution you must complete the Placement Test Results Release Request form.

Ability-To-Benefit (ATB) Testing

Ability-to-Benefit testing is required for students who do not possess a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent AND who will apply for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).   Minimum passing ATB scores: ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading 233, Writing 235 and Arithmetic 230 or CELSA (ESOL) 97 and ACCUPLACER Next Generation Arithmetic 230. Walk-in during any scheduled placement test - no appointment required.

Transferring ATB Results

Accommodated Testing

SUNY Erie offers testing accommodations for students who self-identify as having a documented disability.  Please contact the Student Access Center at the campus you plan to attend to establish both accommodations and on-campus support services.

SUNY Erie offers the ACCUPLACER® (English and math) CELSA (EAL English) placement tests. The results of these tests will place you in the math, English or EAL classes for which you are best prepared and most likely to succeed.

Study Guides

Students are encouraged to review study materials prior to testing.
ACCUPLACER Practice Materials:
Study App:

Proctoring Services

Proctored Exams 

SUNY Erie provides proctoring services by appointment only. Please complete the attached Proctoring Request form and a member of the Testing Services staff will contact you to schedule your exam.   

CLEP Exams

Save time and money while achieving your college goals with CLEP at SUNY Erie Community College. CLEP exams are offered in 33 introductory-level college subjects and are the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. 

To review the exams offered by CLEP, access study materials, or purchase an exam to take in SUNY Erie North Testing Center, visit

There is a $30 administration fee payable to SUNY Erie Community College, on exam day. Complete the Testing Appointment Request and a member of the Testing Services staff will contact you to schedule your exam.

For information on the CLEP, visit Exams for Credit offered at SUNY Erie.

PSI Exams

PSI Exams have been suspended.

For more information:
Placement Testing, City Campus
(716) 270-5124