Placement testing is a basic skills assessment in English and mathematics and is required of all students who intend to study at Holyoke Community College as outlined by the State of Massachusetts. Students who have already completed a college level English or Mathematics course with a grade of C- or better may be waived from taking the placement test. Transcripts are required to verify coursework and to determine whether a waiver can be granted.
HCC uses the College Board's Accuplacer test to assess course placement. Accuplacer is a nationally recognized, self-paced exam used to measure your skills in reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, elementary algebra and college level mathematics. Your placement test results will indicate the courses (college or developmental) that you are eligible to take.
Preparing for the Placement Test
Click here, select either the Classic Accuplacer Sample Questions or Get the Free Accuplacer Practice App, and choose the classic version. Practice reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, and elementary algebra. Once you are satisfied with your preparation, schedule your placement test appointment.
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; the placement test is not timed, but please allow at least two hours to complete your test.
- Electronic devices, calculators, hats, hoodies, 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.