The Testing Center is closed for ON-CAMPUS testing during the COVID-19 related executive order from the NJ Governor. While we are closed for ON-CAMPUS testing, we are currently only offering REMOTE testing for students that need testing services.


INSTEAD, SEND AN EMAIL TO THE TESTING CENTER AT testingcenter@essex.edu inquiring about the procedure for Remote Placement Testing. We will send you further instructions on next steps.

College Placement Test: All new students seeking a degree or certificate are required to take the College Placement Exam (ACCUPLACER) given by the Testing Center. This test is used to determine placement in college-level or developmental courses.

The current Accuplacer Placement Test parts include:

ESL WritePlacer WritePlacer
Next Generation Arithmetic Next Generation Reading
Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Next Generation Arithmetic
  Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics


If you took a placement test at another U.S. college or university in the last three years, the scores should be sent from that institution to the Testing Center at the Main Campus for evaluation. Click the “Contact Info/Testing Center Locations” tab for the Main Campus address. If the evaluation determines that a waiver can be granted, a Placement Test Waiver will be mailed to your address. Please allow up to 2 weeks from our receipt for the evaluation process.

Essex County College requires scores for the following sections unless waived:

  • Reading Comprehension / Next Generation Reading
  • Essay WritePlacer Essay
  • Computation / Next Generation Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra/Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS)

Students will be expected to take all parts of the Accuplacer placement test, if needed, unless they were granted a WAIVER from taking ALL or PARTS of the test. Exemptions from testing and test Waivers can be granted based on submitting proper documentation of established measurements.

The process to request a placement test OR to submit an application for a possible waiver has been combined into a single form. Please complete the online form found under the tab “Test Requests and Exemptions/Waivers”.

NOTE: Appointments CANNOT BE MADE on the RegisterBlast web site at this time. The initial placement test is free, but retesting requires the online payment of a Retesting Fee. Please contact the Testing Center by email to find out what is the current Retest/Testout policy.
Once the placement test has been completed OR a full waiver has been granted, an email about next steps will be sent to the student. New students will usually make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to assist them with registering for the upcoming semester.

Prepare for the exam by clicking on the links hereunder “Useful Test Taking Resources”. Good Luck!

If you require Special Accommodations or are Differently abled, please FIRST consult with Maria Mercado at the Office of Disabilities Services in the Office of Student Development and Counseling at the Main Campus BEFORE making an appointment for testing. The Coordinator of Disability Services offers an opportunity to self-identify and to discuss your needs.Contact Information: mercado@essex.edu or 973-877-3071.


Useful Test Taking Resources:


College Board Testing Tips & Examples

  • Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to help you succeed in college. Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
  • You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins.
  • Pay careful attention to directions, and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices.
  • Bring your Essex County College ID#.
  • No one can join in once testing starts. So please be prompt!
  • If you have a test waiver, bring the waiver.
  • No electronics are permitted.
  • The exam is about 3 ½ hours. So plan accordingly.

TEST EXEMPTIONS: The following circumstances qualify a student for exemption from the Accuplacer placement test.  Students who met these requirements will receive college-level placement after providing appropriate documentation to Enrollment Services:
  • Possession of an associate or higher degree from a U.S. college OR successful completion of the complete series of developmental courses in English & Mathematics at a NJ college or university.
  • Transferred college-level credits in English composition and/or mathematics with grade “C” or better.


Enrollment Services – Room 4124

Essex County College

303 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102

Fax: 973-877-3446

Email: enrollmentservices@essex.edu


TEST WAIVERS: A Test Waiver may avoid placement testing from all or parts of the Accuplacer exam OR placement into remedial courses and thereby avoiding placement testing.  Students who met these requirements will receive a test waiver after providing appropriate measurement documentation and after review by staff.
Examples of acceptable measurements that can be used for a test waiver application are: SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP test scores, AP course grades, CLEP, High School transcripts, NJ GED, TOEFL, IELTS.
Please click on the Multiple/Alternative Measures Guidelines table for details on which Scores or Grades qualify for test waivers and to see where to send the documentation.
Students should request copies of their official PSAT, SAT or ACT reports through either their College Board (PSAT/SAT) or ACT portal accounts. Optionally, a full downloaded PSAT, SAT or ACT report from the student’s account can be submitted to the Testing Center using the online Accuplacer Placement Exam and Waiver Request form.
If you took an Accuplacer placement test at another college or university in the last three years, the scores should be sent directly from the other institution to the ECC Testing Center for evaluation.  Essex County College requires scores for the following sections for a possible test waiver:


Accuplacer English/Reading Accuplacer Mathematics
Prior to February 2019 February 2019 or later Prior to February 2019 February 2019 or later
>= 7 WritePlacer >= 7 WritePlacer >= 69 Classic Arithmetic AND >= 76 Classic Algebra >= 260 Next-Generation Arithmetic AND >= 260 Next-Generation QAS


Testing Center – Room 4152

Essex County College

303 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102

Email: testingcenter@essex.edu

Fax: 973-877-3446


Students with documented disabilities who would like to request appropriate accommodations should contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 973-877-6627 or mercado@essex.edu at the main campus in Newark.

The following information is required when attempting to transfer test scores FROM another institution TO Essex County College:

SAT/Accuplacer/ACT placement score report SHOULD include:

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Your Date of Birth
  3. Date the Exam was taken
  4. The Name of the Institution where you tested

Additionally, ECC Student ID number (if known), Mailing Address (if the score report does not already include it)

If you are attempting to transfer your Accuplacer test scores FROM Essex County College TO another institution, you will need to download and complete the Permission to Release College Placement Test Scores form and return it to the Testing Center at ECC.


Forward all release requests to:

Essex County College

Testing Center – Room 4152

303 University Ave.

Newark, NJ 07102


Email: testingcenter@essex.edu

Fax Number: (973)877-3446

Phone Number: (973)877-3481

Credit by Examination

ECC’s Credit by Examination Program enables students with appropriate knowledge and experience to secure college credit. Credit will be granted to students admitted to ECC who pass examinations approved by Enrollment Services and appropriate academic departments. In some instances, it may not be possible to offer credit by examination because no relevant test exists in certain disciplines. When granted, a grade of “CR” will be entered as transfer credit on each student’s transcript. Credit by examination may be granted for the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support (DANTES) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students interested in applying for credit by examination should contact either the Enrollment Services Express Center or the appropriate academic division.


Credit for what you know

CLEP provides a reliable and effective means for colleges and universities to grant credit, placement, and exemption by examination to traditional 18-to 22 years-old students, working students, recent high school graduates, and part-time or nontraditional adult students.  Through CLEP exams, students can at ECC:

  • Place out of a graduation requirement or an introductory course.
  • Accumulate credits toward a degree by demonstrating knowledge gained independently, start studies at a higher level, and save valuable time and money.  This is often the extra incentive needed for working adults to begin or return to college.
  • Show competence in a subject to determine placement, particularly for foreign language courses.
  • Save tuition dollars. CLEP credits can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. ECC credits granted only if student is enrolled at Essex County College in a degree or certificate program.
  • CLEP credits are counted as transfer credits.  A maximum of 30 transfer & CLEP credits may be applied towards a degree, only if they are required for the student’s curriculum.
  • Testing is done once a month.
  • Score Reports: You will receive your score report upon completion of the exam.
  • Repeating Examinations: The same examination may not be repeated within six months of the testing date.​
  • IMPORTANT: The Photo Identification presented on examination day MUST MATCH EXACTLY the name that was used to create the CLEP account. Only original identifications are acceptable, no reproductions or photos of the original are acceptable.

If you are interested in obtaining a Study Guide, please visit your local bookstore or The College Board web site at:www.collegeboard.com/clep.



  • Effective July 1, 2019 the fee is $89 per test. – Applicants must register on-line for the exam at https://clep.collegeboard.org/startedand follow the steps. Once the student is registered, they will need to print their registration ticket and present the ticket to the test center on the day of the exam.
  • $28.50 non-refundable service fee is due at the time of scheduling an appointment. Students must register for an appointment at www2.registerblast.com/essex/exam/list.
  • Some of the composition and Literature exams have optional essays, which some Colleges and universities require and others do not. Contact the college or university you are planning to attend to ask about its essay requirements.

For more information, please contact the Testing Center at 973-877-4436.

ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE – CLEP TEST COURSE EQUIVALENT Credit would be awarded to the student achieving a score of the mean level for a “C,”as stated by the College Level Examination Board. Credit is awarded for the following subjects (Download CLEP Course Equivalency List):
Composition and Literature
American Literature No ECC equivalent    
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature No ECC equivalent    
College Composition No ECC equivalent    
College Composition Modular/with essay College Composition I 3 crs ENG 101
English Literature No ECC equivalent    
Humanities No ECC equivalent    
Foreign Languages
French Elementary French I & II 6 crs FRN 101-102
German Elementary German I & II 6 crs GER 101-102
Spanish Elementary Spanish I & II 6 crs SPN 101-102
History & Social Sciences
American Government American Government 3 crs POL 104
American History I American History I 3 crs HST 111
American History II American History II 3 crs HST 112
Human Growth & Development Child Psychology & Development 3 crs PSY 219
Intro. to Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 3 crs PSY 220
Introductory Psychology General Psychology I 3 crs PSY 101
Introductory Sociology Introduction to Sociology 3 crs SOC 101
Principles of Macroeconomics Principles of Economics I 3 crs ECO 101
Principles of Microeconomics Principles of Economics II 3 crs ECO 102
Social Science/ History Introd. Sociology & World Civilization I 6 crs SOC 101/HST 101
Western Civilization I or II No ECC equivalent    
Science & Mathematics
Biology General Biology I & II 8 crs BIO 101-102
Calculus Unified Calculus I or Calculus I 3 crs MTH 114
    4 crs MTH 121
Chemestry General Chemestry I & II 8 crs CHM 103-104
College Algebra Pre Calculus I 4 crs MTH 119
College Mathematics Fundamental Concepts of Modern Mathematics I & II or 7 crs MTH 103-104
  Technical Math I or 3 crs MTH 109
  Introductory College Math 4 crs MTH 100
Natural Sciences No ECC equivalent    
Pre calculus Pre calculus I or 4 crs MTH 119
  College Algebra with Trigonometry 4 crs MTH 113
Financial Accounting Financial Accounting 4 crs ACC 101
Information Systems/Computer Applications No ECC equivalent    
Introductory Business Law Business Law I 3 crs BUS 251
Principles of Management Business Org. & Management 3 crs BUS 101
Principles of Marketing Principles of Marketing 3 crs BUS 211

*effective May 17, 2017

Testing Center Representative

Testing Center – Room 4152

Phone: 973.877.3481

Email: testingcenter@essex.edu


Zoltan Nagy

Coordinator – Testing Center

Room 4120D

Phone: 973.877.3295

Email: znagy@essex.edu

Testing Center Locations


Essex County College

Testing Center – Room 4152

303 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102

Telephone: (973) 877-4436

Fax: (973) 877- 3446

Email: testingcenter@essex.edu



North Wing

Room 110

(973) 877-6590