What is Placement Testing?

Distance Learning

If you live outside of the NHTI, Concord’s Community College geographic area and need to take a Computerized Placement Test at another location please call (603) 230-4027 or email nhtiace@ccsnh.edu for information about how to locate a local testing center.
All students entering programs, whether they plan to take courses full-time or part-time, are required to take ACCUPLACER® placement tests to determine college-readiness in certain subjects. Students who have subject-specific transfer credits or meet the SAT requirements may be waived from taking some placement tests. If students think they are eligible to be waived from placement tests, they must submit official documentation to the NHTI Admissions Office prior to placement testing in order to be waived from any tests. If students are not waived from taking placement tests, they must take ACCUPLACER® before registering for classes. The $20 non-refundable testing fee will be charged to a student’s account at the time of testing. Contact the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Center) at (603) 230-4027 to make an appointment to take any required tests and to register for courses. Please allow a full half-day for testing and registration. You will not be able to register for courses until you have completed placement testing. Additionally, tuition deposits are required prior to registration for those accepted into the following programs: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing (RN & LPN-RN Option), Orthopaedic Technology (Degree & Certificate), Paramedic Emergency Medicine, Radiation Therapy (Degree & Certificate), and Radiologic Technology. Please note: Non-matriculated students and students in certificate programs do not need to complete placement testing


ACCUPLACER® tests a person’s knowledge in math, reading, and writing. As part of the enrollment process at NHTI, these tests help identify a student’s strengths and needs in each subject area. The academic advisers and counselors at NHTI will use ACCUPLACER® test results along with information about a student’s academic background, goals, and interests to help select courses that match a student’s skill level and give him or her the best opportunities for success. A student who has taken ACCUPLACER® and has scores that are more than three years old must take the placement test again. If you have taken ACCUPLACER® within the last three years, please call the ACE Center at (603) 230-4027 or email at nhtiace@ccsnh.edu prior to scheduling your placement testing appointment so that we may discuss and evaluate your testing requirements.

How Does ACCUPLACER® Work?

Thanks to ACCUPLACER®’s online format, the test questions are based on an individual’s responses to each question answered. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how someone answers as he or she works through the test. ACCUPLACER® tests are untimed, so a person can move at a comfortable pace. It’s important to allow enough time to do your best and complete the test because the results are the key factor in determining the courses a student can take. The results will be available immediately after the test.

Do the scores count? Are the tests important?

Yes! The scores help identify academic strengths and challenges, and assist students and their academic advisor in course selection. Students who are placed at the correct course level, with an appropriate course load relative to their non-college responsibilities, are more likely to succeed in courses, complete the program, and enter the career of choice.

When should I schedule my tests?

Students admitted to a program must test before registering for courses. Testing appointments can be made throughout the year. The sooner students complete testing and register for courses, the sooner they will know their class schedule. Remember, the scores will help determine which courses a student can take. To schedule an appointment to test, call the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at (603) 230-4027.

Is there a cost for Placement Testing?

The cost of ACCUPLACER® is $20.00. This non-refundable fee will be charged to the student’s account at the time of testing.

Which tests will I take? Should I study?

The Admissions Office makes all decisions regarding which tests will be taken, based on the information in a student’s application and transcripts. Students may be waived from one or more tests, depending on standardized test scores or college courses you have successfully completed. Students will be assigned tests in one or more of the following areas:
  • Math: Scores on this test determines which math course students can take. A low math test score can prevent students from going directly into college level math, and can require that students repeat one or more semesters of high school level math. Because math skills quickly decline when you are not currently taking math classes, we strongly recommend that you refresh and practice your math skills.
  • English Composition: The WritePlacer placement test evaluates an essay written to one of several prompts. A holistic score is given based on the following dimensions: Purpose and Focus; Organization and Structure; Development and Support; Sentence Variety and Style; Mechanical Conventions; and Critical Thinking. The writing sample can be used in conjunction with other placement scores to recommend you to take an appropriate English Composition course.
  • Reading: This test measures student’s ability to understand what they have read. There are four content areas on the test: Identifying Main Ideas; Direct Statements and Secondary or Supporting Ideas; Inferences; and Applications. The final score helps students and academic advisors select an appropriate course load and determine if a student would benefit from a critical reading course.
  • Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI): Measures attributes such as Motivation, Time Management, and Use of Study Aids. The purpose is to help students identify their strengths and also areas where improvement will be important to their success as a student.

SAT Scores

Students who submit SAT scores no more than five years old may be waived from taking certain placement tests. A Math SAT score of 530 or higher places a student directly into college-level Math and waives the student from taking the math placement test. A Critical Reading and Writing SAT score of 480 or higher waives a student from taking the reading placement test. An Essay SAT score range of 6 – 8 places a student directly into college-level English and waives the student from taking the writing placement test. All SAT scores should be submitted to Admissions prior to or at the point of acceptance in order to better facilitate registering for first semester courses.

How long do the tests take?

Plan on 2-3 hours for testing, depending on how many tests are required and on the individual’s math skills and reading ability. If testers have a disability and wish to request accommodations, please notify the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) when scheduling testing. Call the NHTI Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at (603) 230-4027.

You Can Prepare for ACCUPLACER®

It’s important that ACCUPLACER® scores accurately represent a person’s skills and knowledge. ACCUPLACER® offers tools and resources to help students prepare for the tests. Sharpening academic skills by answering sample test questions in reading, writing, and math can help someone to improve and boost confidence sitting down to take the actual tests. This exercise is especially helpful if someone been away from school for more than a year.

ACCUPLACER® Sample Test Website https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

iPhone ACCUPLACER® Study App https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice

Web-based ACCUPLACER® Study App https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice

Online Study Guides http://www.aims.edu/student/testing/tests/accuplacer.php www.khanacademy.org/ http://www.purplemath.com http://sosmath.com http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ https://www.testprepreview.com/ http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/thea/index.htm

A good website to review for the computer skills test is https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-Training-Center-b8f02f81-ec85-4493-a39b-4c48e6bc4bfb?legRedir=true&CorrelationId=63f8da76-cc9f-4377-a09c-5161d8f35840&ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Retesting Policy

Students can retake all or part of the ACCUPLACER® placement test after one (1) month after a thorough review of the subject matter being tested. Students will be charged $20.00 to retake the ACCUPLACER® placement exam.