Placement Exam FAQs
Placement exams determine your skill in English and mathematics. While they are not pass-fail exams, it is important that you be prepared and review the suggested material before you take the exams (see How do I study?). Your performance on the placement exam will determine what course(s) you are eligible to take in your academic major.
Who should take placement exams?
First-year students must take tests in English, reading, and math.
Transfer students without transfer credit granted by NYIT for English and mathematics also need to take a placement exam.
International Students should follow placement exam requirements.
International graduate students whose TOEFL scores fall between 500 and 550 (written), 173 to 213 (computerized), or 61 to 80 (internet based), or whose IELTS score falls between 5 and 5.5 must take the English Proficiency Exam. (Graduate students who have been accepted to the English Language Institute take the Compass placement test by following the information here).
When are placement exams offered?
Placement exams are offered on the follow dates. We encourage you to sign up early for placement exams. This will give you the opportunity to create your ideal class schedule and sit for the exams while your knowledge of the subject material is still fresh. Additional dates will be available later in the summer.
Transfer and veteran students only:
- April 28, 29, 30 (Old Westbury only)
- May 1, 2 (Old Westbury only)
- May 21, 22, 28, 29 (Manhattan and Old Westbury)
All new students who are required to take placement exams:
- June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24
What should I bring to the test?
- Photo ID (driver's license, passport, or student ID card).
- All placement exams are computer-based. A calculator is built into the mathematics exam. However, if you would like to bring your own calculator, please check the guidelines.
- If you have taken college-level classes, AP exams, or IB exams, please bring a copy of your grades/scores.
- Transfer students should bring their Preliminary Transfer Evaluation.
- Scrap paper is provided, but you should bring a pen and pencil to work out math problems.
- Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your test time: Directions to NYIT Campuses and Campus Maps.
Though placement exams are not pass-fail, it is important that you be prepared and review the suggested material before you take the exams. Your performance on the placement exam will determine what course(s) you are eligible to take in your academic major.
If you are pursuing a math-based major, such as architecture, engineering, or sciences, it's particularly important to review the sample math test questions. In most cases, your math placement determines your ability to register for major-related courses in your first semester.
Sample questions for each exam are available at the links below:
Math*: required for all freshman; required for transfer students who do not have incoming transfer credits for the first required math course for their degree.
Writing Skills: required for all freshman; required for transfer students who do not have incoming transfer credits for FCWR-101.
Reading: required for any student who scores below 70 on the Writing Skills exam.
English as a Second Language (ESL): required for students who did not graduate from an American high school and whose country of residence does not speak English as the primary language. This exam would take the place of the Writing Skills exam.
Can I be exempt from placement tests?
Yes, but only if...
- You were admitted as a transfer student with transfer credit in English or math. Contact an admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.345.NYIT to see if you qualify.
- You have been admitted into the combined Bachelor of Science in Life Science/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (B.S./D.O.) program.
- You have been admitted to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The HEOP department will schedule a day and time for you to take the exam.
If you have any documented special testing needs, contact the disability services coordinator at 516.686.7636.
How long is the test?
The NYIT placement test is computer-based and untimed.
Your responses will determine how many questions you will receive and the areas in which you will be tested.
Even though the test is untimed, please allow at least two hours. The exam will finish once it has determined the appropriate placement. You must complete the test to receive a score.