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Course Placement

  • Course Placement

    COVID-19 SUNY Erie Fall ’20 Placement Testing Plan

    The U.S DOE has temporarily approved ATB Remote Testing until June 30, 2020, though this may be extended in the future. Please call 716-270-4693 or email placement testing@ecc.edu to schedule your remote testing session. You must have access to a computer with a web camera and reliable internet access. Please complete the below form and allow five (5) business days for us to process your remote voucher.
  • The course placement criteria is listed below.  If you feel that your course placement is not commensurate with your academic ability, you are welcome to challenge your placement by completing SUNY Erie’s placement assessment, ACCUPLACER. Until further notice, all ACCUPLACER tests will be offered in a virtual, online format. Please complete the Virtual Remote Proctoring Request Form and allow up to five (5) business days for us to process your remote voucher. Virtual Remote Proctoring for ACCUPLACER® computerized placement test is available to SUNY Erie students through Webex on a temporary basis, until seated exams are permitted. Students must have access to a computer with a web camera and reliable internet access.

  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    If a student has a physical or mental impairment that requires testing accommodations, she/he must schedule an intake interview with the campus counselor for students with disabilities. The student must provide documentation that indicates the need for accommodations or modifications. During the interview, the counselor determines what accommodations, if any, are appropriate. Only those students who have been interviewed by the counselor for students with disabilities will be permitted to take an accommodated test. Dates and times for accommodated tests vary from campus to campus. For additional information, please contact the Student Access Center office at the campus you plan to attend.

  • Course Placement Chart

    High School GPA English Placement Math Placement
    0-69.99 EN022 - Improving College Reading & Writing
    Credit Hours: 4 Not for degree credit
    MT003-Pre-Algebra Review
    Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credits
    70-74.99 EN 052/ALP - Preparation for College Reading and Writing (ALP) and EN100-Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies taken concurrently. MT013-Elementary Algebra
    Credit Hours: 5 Not for degree credit
    MT006-Basic Algebra Review
    Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credit
      75-100 EN100-Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies or
    EN110- College Composition
    Credit Hours: 3
    Ready for Degree Level Math
    See program advisor for proper math course selection
    TASC Exam English Placement Math Placement
    300-400 EN 052/ALP - Preparation for College Reading and Writing (ALP) and EN100-Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies taken concurrently. MT013-Elementary Algebra
    Credit Hours: 5 Not for degree credit
    MT006-Basic Algebra Review
    Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credit
    500-800 EN100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies or
    EN110 - College Composition
    Credit Hours: 3
    Ready for Degree Level Math
    See program advisor for proper math course selection
    GED Exam English Placement Math Placement
    100-449 EN 052/ALP - Preparation for College Reading and Writing (ALP) and EN100-Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies taken concurrently MT013-Elementary Algebra
    Credit Hours: 5 Not for degree credit
    MT006-Basic Algebra Review
    Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credit
    450-800 EN100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies or
    EN110 - College Composition
    Credit Hours: 3
    Ready for Degree Level Math
    See program advisor for proper math course selection
    SAT English Placement Math Placement
    500> EN100/ EN110
    Prior to 3/1/2016
    Ready for Degree Math
    See program advisor for proper math course selection
    530> EN100/ EN110
    After to 3/1/2016
    N/A
    Regents Exam English Placement Math Placement
    85> ELA-Grade 11 or ELA Common Core 
     EN100/EN110 Algebra II Common Core
    Ready for Degree Math
    ACT Exam English Placement Math Placement
      English 18> and Reading 21> 
     EN100/EN110 22> Math Ready for Degree Math 
    *Please note that Not for Credit courses are used by Financial Aid in determining full-time student status.


  • Need Help?

    Placement Testing

    City Campus
    45 Oak Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 270-5124
  • Ability to Benefit (ATB)

    All New York State residents who have a foreign high school diploma are required to meet the New York State Ability to Benefit (ATB) standards in order to be eligible for the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

    To take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test at SUNY Erie, you must meet the following three requirements:

    1. You must have been admitted to SUNY Erie.
    2. You must seek financial aid awards under the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
    3. You do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from a United States high school.

    Minimum passing ATB scores: ACCUPLACER Reading 233, Writing 235 and Arithmetic 230 or CELSA (ESOL) 97 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 230.

    You can sit for an Ability to Benefit test during any scheduled ACCUPLACER test-no appointment is required. Within any three-month period, ATB candidates are permitted an initial test and one retest. There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest. Students should be encouraged to use the two-week waiting period for study and review of test content areas in which they did not obtain a passing score.