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.
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You may turn in unofficial transcripts or score reports by faxing 413.552.2946 or taking a picture and emailing to email@example.com 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:
- Introductory algebra
- Intermediate algebra
- Advanced functions
We encourage you to prepare for this math placement test by attending a free prep session hosted by HCC's Math Center (register online), or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
important information for testing day
Location: Frost Building, room 271. Park in the visitor or any student lot.
- You must bring a photo ID to your testing appointment.
- You are encouraged to take your time, but please keep in mind that there is a two-hour limit for the Write Placer test.
- Electronic devices, calculators, food, and beverages are not allowed in the testing room.
- 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.