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Course Placement

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After you've been admitted to HCC, the next step is to determine if you are ready to take college-level math or college-level English. Many students do this by taking our placement test, but there are other ways to prove college readiness that can be found on the list below. By submitting documentation (the more, the better!), you may be able to place directly in to college-level math and English courses without having to take the placement test.

English Placement Math Placement
  • AP English scores
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) scores 
  • College transcripts
  • Accuplacer Classic or Next Generation scores from placement tests taken through another approved institution   
  • HCC English Placement Test in Reading & Writing
  • High school transcript (showing overall GPA and grades in all classes)
  • SAT math scores
  • ACT math scores
  • GED Mathematics Reasoning Score
  • College transcripts (showing successful completion of math course)
  • Accuplacer Classic scores from placement tests taken through another approved institution
  • HCC Math Placement Test


You may turn in unofficial transcripts or score reports by faxing 413.552.2946 or taking a picture and emailing to admissions@hcc.edu as documentation. Please note that an official transcript is required for transfer of credits through AP or prior college coursework.

If you need to take the HCC Placement Test, we encourage you to take a moment to review what will be covered in the test.

For English placement, you will take a reading comprehension test. This test has 23 multiple choice questions. Download sample reading tests here and here. Following the reading test, you will be asked to write an essay. Please click here to prepare for the essay. Your combined score on reading comprehension and the WritePlacer essay will determine your course placement for English.

For math placement, you will take up to three of these four tests:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Introductory algebra
  3. Intermediate algebra
  4. Advanced functions

We encourage you to prepare for this math placement test by studying the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 sections of Khan Academy.

schedule your placement test

Schedule your placement test here. HCC administers the placement test Monday through Friday by appointment and on a walk-in basis in the Assessment Center. Please allow a minimum of two hours to complete the test. If you have any questions, please contact the Assessment Center at 413.552.2015 or assessment@hcc.edu.

important information for testing day

Location: Frost Building, room 271. Park in the visitor or any student lot.

  1. You must bring a photo ID to your testing appointment.
  2. You are encouraged to take your time; the placement test is not timed, but please allow at least two hours to complete your test.
  3. Electronic devices, calculators, food, and beverages are not allowed in the testing room.
  4. Your HCC photo ID will be issued when you take the Placement Test.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation to take the Placement Test, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services to request an intake and discuss your accommodations at 413.552.2417.

Online Students & Remote Testing

Holyoke Community College offers a wide array of online courses and recognizes that a robust online community is comprised of students from across the country, and often the world! Many online courses require placement test scores as a registration prerequisite for students who have not previously completed a college level English or math course. For the convenience of our online students, HCC offers admitted students the opportunity to complete the assessment off campus, and outside of Massachusetts. Please read and complete the following documents to begin the process.

Apply Now

Wherever you want to go, HCC can help you get there. 

Apply


questions? contact us

admissions@hcc.edu
413.552.2321
FR 221


Becoming a Student

Download and print the Becoming a Student checklist. 

A screenshot of the registration checklist

download