The college placement test is a computerized assessment of basic math, reading, and writing, and is required of all students who intend to study at HCC. Along with your acceptance letter, you will receive an appointment to take your test at HCC's Assessment Center. After the test, you will meet with an advisor to select and register for your classes.
Testing takes approximately two hours. If you have a disability and require special accommodations to complete the placement test, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services well in advance of the appointment. (Please note: Appropriate documentation of your disability must be provided prior to receiving special accommodations.)
Preparing for the Placement Test
HCC uses the Classic version of the Accuplacer for course placement. Visit the Accuplacer website for practice tests and study guides.
Taking the test
Tests are administered in the Assessment Center in the Frost building, room 271. Be sure to bring a valid photo identification card or driver's license. It is important that you come on your scheduled date. Should you need to reschedule, please call 413.552.2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and write "Accuplacer SCHEDULE" in the subject line. Provide your name and student ID, as well as the best way to reach you.
We look forward to seeing you on your scheduled testing day, and wish you the best of luck as you progress through the first phase of your student life at Holyoke Community College!
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.
Test results are good for two years. If you completed the test as a tech prep student, you do not need to re-take this test. If you have successfully completed a college-level freshman English course, you do not need to take the reading and writing assessment. If you have successfully completed a college-level mathematics course, you do not need to take the math assessment. In order to be exempt from the test or certain components, you must forward a transcript of your grades to the Admissions Office at HCC.