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Accurate course placement is a critical step towards registering for classes at OCC.  Testing Services works closely with OCC's English and math departments to determine the best ways for students to be placed.  Placement testing is often not the only tool used to figure out which English, reading and math courses mesh best with your individual skills. Students will be placed using the following:

Placement Testing:  Students who are not exempt from testing based on one or more of the options below will need to take the placement test to see what English, reading and math courses they are eligible for. These tests are very important! Think of them as your opportunity to show how ready you are for college level courses. You should review and be prepared to give your best effort. OCC uses ACCUPLACER ( http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students) computerized placement testing.  OCC's English and math departments are continually assessing the accuracy of our placement tests to insure that your results will get you into courses you can be successful in. Tests are administered on a walk-in basis during posted hours. You must have photo ID in order to test and you must have an OCC student ID number. The test consists of multiple choice reading and math sections and a typed essay for English. English language learners will also take a Listening Skills test. Students will receive their test scores and placements immediately upon completion of testing.

Transfer credit (including AP & CLEP): Students who have successfully completed (grade of C or higher) a course equivalent to our ENG-103, RDG-153 and/or MAT-104 or higher will be able to take the next consecutive course at OCC after official transcripts have been received and evaluated.  Send in your official transcripts as soon as your college course work is complete. Students will be notified of their placements after official transcripts from previous institutions have been reviewed.

High school math course completion:  If you passed high school math courses and/or Regents exams with a 65% or higher less than or equal to 2 academic years ago you can refer to the chart below for your OCC math placement.        

High School Course Completed
OCC Math Course Placement
Algebra 1 or Geometry
MAT 088 or MAT 084 (0 credits)
Algebra 2/Trigonometry (without passing the Regents Exam)
MAT 104, 112, 113, 114, 114 (3-4 credits)
Algebra 2/Trigonometry (with passing Regents Exam)
MAT courses listed above and MAT 115,119, 143
Pre-calculus- Not OCC College Credit Now (final overall course grade of 65% or higher)
MAT 115, 119, 143
Pre-Calculus- OCC College Credit Now (final overall course grade of "C" or higher
MAT 161
Pre-Calculus- OCC College Credit Now (final overall course grade of "D-" or higherMAT 151
Calculus- NOT OCC College Credit Now, NOT AP (final overall course grade of 65% or higher)

MAT 151 or MAT 161

(contact Math Diagnostics, 315-498-2611, if student wishes to test to place into MAT 162)

Calculus- OCC College Credit Now (final overall course grade of "D-" or higher)
MAT 162
Calculus- AP (either AB or BC) (AP exam score "3" or higher)
MAT 162
                 

High school GPA: Please note that final 11th grade GPA is the earliest GPA that will be considered for exemption.  Freshman, sophomore and mid-junior year GPA's will not meet the exemption criteria. An unweighted GPA of 86% or higher will exempt students from English and reading testing and place students directly into Integrated Learning Seminar 153 or 140 and English 103. An unweighted GPA of 85% or higher will exempt students from English testing only and give placement into English 103; reading testing still required. 

SAT Critical Reading & ACT English:

If you score...

  • 500 or better on the old SAT Critical Reading test
  • 27 or better on the new SAT reading subtest
  • 21 or better on the ACT English

You will be placed into ILS 153 Integrated Learning Seminar or ILS 140 Integrated Learning Seminar: Health Sciences (3 credits) and English 103 Freshman Composition & Literature (3 credits).

SAT & ACT Math:  

If you score...

  • 500 or better on the old SAT Math test
  • 530 or better on the new SAT Math test
  • 21 or better on the ACT Math score

Your options for math will be: MAT 104, 112, 113, 114, 118 (3-4 credits).  If you would like to take a higher math course, you will need to take the placement test. 

After you know what your placements are, discuss them with an advisor and create a class schedule that will help you graduate on time and meet your educational goals.  If you have questions, you can email Testing Services (testingservices@sunyocc.edu) or The Advising Center (advisingcenter@sunyocc.edu) for guidance. 

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