Course Placement

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Contact Us: Please fill out this form. to receive more information about Course Placement. For further questions, email or call at 413.552.2015. On the day of the assessment, you will need to provide a valid photo ID.

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 courses. Many students do this by taking our course assessment, but there are other ways to prove college readiness.


You can send unofficial copies of the documents below to to see if you can waive the test.

English Placement Math Placement
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores
  • GED English scores
  • HiSET writing and essay scores   
  • College transcripts
  • High school transcript
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores
  • GED Mathematics Reasoning Score
  • HiSET math scores
  • College transcripts
Taking the Course Assessment

Please fill out this form to receive more information about course placement. For further questions, email or call at 413.552.2015.

It's important to put your best foot forward and prepare for your course assessment! This assessment will determine which course you should start in so you can be the most successful.  If it is determined that you will be most successful in courses that are designed to enhance students' readiness in English and math courses, these are called Development courses. (Credits from developmental coursework do not count towards graduation.) The course assessment can be retaken to see if you can score higher. (There is a limit of four tries for taking the Math Placement test).

Please note: On the day of the assessment, you will need to provide a valid photo ID.

If you place into both developmental English and math, we recommend that you check out our free Transition to College & Careers program (TCC).  

PREPARING FOR THE Course Assessment

The assessment is computerized and is untimed except for one section.

English Section

  • Reading test (untimed) 
    • 20 multiple choice questions
    • To study, create an account for the ACCUPLACER study app by clicking here (Make sure to select the ACCUPLACER Reading option)
  • Essay Portion (timed)
    • You will be given 60 minutes to write a paragraph response to a prompt
    • The essay is not based on factual knowledge, but rather your ability to write a composed and organized essay
    • You are expected to write 3-5 paragraphs with a thesis statement, supporting arguments, introduction, and conclusion
    • To prepare for the essay, click here

Math Section (untimed)

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

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Introductory algebra
  3. Intermediate algebra
  4. Advanced functions
  • Each section has 10 questions
  • We encourage you to prepare for this math placement test by studying the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 sections of Khan Academy, which is a free online tutoring resource
  • You can also prepare for this test by using HCC's free Math Prep Programs. Register online with HCC's Math Center to get started! You will need to have access to your HCC email account.

There is an optional math self-placement assessment for students who are looking to place into math classes up to Statistics (MTH 142). You can only take this self-placement option once, and your first attempt will be used for placement. Once completed, you will receive your recommended math placement and you can contact the Advising Center to go over your scores.

*Please note that this self-placement is not for students who wish to place into College Algebra or higher.

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