Placement Test

The purpose of these required tests (Accuplacer) is to assess achievement in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students that do not demonstrate college level readiness are required to take developmental courses that are designed to improve skills needed to be successful in college.

The accuplacer is a computerized college placement test of basic math, reading, and writing. It is required of all students who intend to study at HCC. 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. While students who live nearby may take the Accuplacer at HCC, those who live elsewhere may complete the test at the location that is most convenient, including outside of Massachusetts. Please read and complete the following documents to begin the process.

HCC Guidelines for Remote Testing
Student Remote Test Request Form


English: If you have successfully completed a college-level English course, you do not need to take the reading and writing assessment.

Math: If you have successfully completed a college-level mathematics course, you do not need to take the math assessment.

Previous Test: If you were tested in the past, you may not need to re-take the tests. Test results are good for two years.

Please note: You will be asked to forward a transcript of your grades to the Admissions Office at HCC.

Preparing for the Placement Test

You may access testing information, including sample questions, by downloading this information booklet. Other websites that may be helpful for review are:, and HCC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content on these sites.

If you are taking the test at HCC

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 and Deaf Services (OSDDS) well in advance of the appointment. (Please note: Appropriate documentation of your disability must be provided prior to receiving special accommodations.)

On the day of your appointment, be sure to bring a valid photo identification card or driver's license. It is important that you attend testing on your scheduled date. Should you need to reschedule, please call 413.552.2015 or email and write PLACEMENT TEST SCHEDULE in the subject line. Provide your name and student ID, as well as the best way to reach you.

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040