Testing and Scheduling START
Get ready to enroll
For most students, the enrollment process has several steps. Students who need placement testing must test first. All students must complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire prior to scheduling their START session. Once testing (if needed) and the Pre-Advising Questionnaire are complete, students may schedule their START.
Planning ahead and starting early leads to success!
It is best to complete the enrollment process as soon as possible for the semester you plan to attend. Students who need placement testing must complete testing at least one week before they can schedule START. The sooner you complete testing, the more options there will be at the time your course schedule is developed. We recommend checking your email regularly, testing early, and scheduling START as soon as possible, once you are eligible. Getting the courses you need at the days and times that work best for you is a great way to plan for a successful first semester.
Taking the Placement Tests
New students must meet certain Admissions criteria to take their placement tests and will receive email communication from the college when they are ready to test.
Placement Testing Options
For students planning to begin in the Fall 2018 semester (which begins in August), there are four options that allow you to easily complete your placement testing:
1. Test at the Dryden Main Campus – Testing is available on the following schedule. To schedule your placement tests, please use the link in your email or call 607.844.6580.
- Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE – Testing is not available on the Main Campus in Dryden on the following dates: July 3, July 4.
2. Test in the evening at one of our Extension Centers –
Testing is available on select dates in the evening at our Ithaca and Cortland Extension Centers. You must schedule online using the link in your email or call 607.844.6580 to set up your test. Space is limited. All evening test sessions begin at 5 p.m.
Cortland Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp)
- Tuesday, July 17
- Thursday, July 26
- Tuesday, August 14
Ithaca Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp)
- Thursday, July 12
- Tuesday, July 31
- Thursday, August 9
3. Test closer to home by finding a proctor
Tompkins Cortland students who are unable to come to one of our locations to test have flexible options to test closer to home.
If you would prefer to take your placement tests at another location closer to where you live, you must make arrangements to find an approved proctor. Students may check with a local high school, college or university, or library to see if the staff there can proctor your tests. Please note that some offsite testing locations may charge a fee to administer your test.
To test offsite, students MUST find a proctor (cannot be related to you) who has a .gov, .edu, or .org email address. Once you have found a proctor who meets these criteria, you must a complete the Offsite Placement Test Request Form NO LATER THAN three (3) business days prior to the date you have scheduled/would like to take your test. Tompkins Cortland staff will set up an account for your proctor and will communicate with you and your proctor via email to send instructions for your tests.
4. Test at the SUNY Welcome Center in New York City
If you live near or can easily get to New York City, you may take your placement tests at the SUNY Welcome Center on select dates. Testing at the Welcome Center for Fall 2018 accepted students begins in April 2018.
Tompkins Cortland staff will create a voucher for your test at SUNY in NYC. Once you have your voucher number, you need to schedule your test online through the link provided in your voucher.
5. Test at the SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center in Brooklyn, NY
If you would like to test in Brooklyn, you may take your placement tests at the SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) on select dates. Testing at the BEOC for Fall 2018 accepted students begins in April 2018.
To test at the SUNY Welcome Center or the SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center, students MUST complete the Offsite Placement Test Request Form NO LATER THAN three (3) business days prior to the date you have scheduled/would like to take your test.
New students who have completed placement testing (if required) and the Pre-Advising Questionnaire are eligible to schedule their START session. Students will receive an email from the college when they are ready to schedule their session.
START sessions take place on selected dates from April 16 through August 18 for students entering in the Fall 2018 semester. New Student Orientation events take place on August 20-21, 2018 and fall courses begin on August 22. Students must have completed START by August 18 to attend in the fall semester.
Students who will begin their studies in the summer may complete START anytime between November and May (or in June if you only plan to take second session courses, but please be aware course offerings are limited).
All students must attend a START session at the Dryden main campus prior to the first day of classes and the beginning of their first semester, unless they are fully online students.
At START, students will:
- Learn how to use their myTC3 account
- Meet with an academic advisors to discuss their degree program, first-semester schedule, and degree completion plan
- Understand important information about college costs and financial aid
- Learn about resources available to support their success (including housing, if applicable)
- Enjoy a meal with fellow new students and Tompkins Cortland faculty and staff
- Take a campus tour (strongly recommended for all students)
START is a four-hour commitment. We offer morning, afternoon, and early evening START sessions on select dates (from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., noon-4 p.m., and 4-8 p.m.). It is important to plan ahead and ensure there is time allocated to be on campus all day, and that appropriate travel arrangements are made for students coming from a distance.
Space is limited in each START session and students must sign up to attend START using the personalized link received by email.
We cannot accept walk-ins.
START sessions will be held on the following dates (times vary, use the link to see specific times and to sign-up):
Tuesday, July 10
Thursday, July 26
Friday, July 13
Wednesday, August 1
Wednesday, July 18
Tuesday, August 7
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, July 24
Students who are completing a fully online degree program at the College and live too far away to reasonably travel to Tompkins Cortland will work with an advisor from the Student Success and Advisement office to complete START without visiting campus, usually via phone. Email email@example.com to request an exemption from the required on-campus session.
Attending START is a key step in the transition to Tompkins Cortland. All students must attend START and should attend the earliest date possible to allow the most time to prepare for a successful semester. There are limited number of START sessions offered. Space is limited in each START. Students must register to attend START and need to prioritize this important step.
If an emergency arises and a student cannot attend your scheduled orientation date, they must contact us at 607.844.6580 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance.