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Accuplacer Placement Testing & Exemptions

Accuplacer Placement Testing & Exemptions

Accuplacer Placement Testing & Exemptions

Purpose of Assessment

Skills assessment is required as part of the entrance process into Maryland colleges. Assessment is a process to help identify your current skills in writing, reading, and mathematics. It is not a test that you pass or fail. Placement testing provides information necessary to make the best decision about the initial courses that you need to begin your college career. HCC's goal is to place you into the courses in which you will be most successful. Based on your test results, you may be placed in preparatory courses to help you build the foundational skills that are needed for success at the college level.

You must take the placement assessment if:

  • You are seeking a degree or certificate
  • You are a student attempting your first college-level English composition or math course or are enrolled in a course that has a math or English prerequisite

Placement testing for HCC applicants is done strictly on a scheduled basis.

A&P Placement Testing

For information regarding A&P placement, including minimum score requirements and study materials, please visit the LSC Science LibGuide page.

English/Math Placement Testing

For information regarding Accuplacer English/Math content, please visit the About Accuplacer Testing page.

Scheduling

There are two ways to schedule the placement exam depending on if you are testing remotely (at home/office) or on campus. If you test remotely, you are required to have the necessary equipment (webcam, microphone, high speed Internet) to do so.

  • On-Campus
    Testing To schedule an on-campus A&P, English or Math placement test, please navigate to RegisterBlast and select HCC Placement Testing from the group list.
  • Remote Testing
    To register for a remote A&P placement test, complete the A&P Remote Placement form. Please note there is no scheduling required for this exam. To schedule a remote English/Math placement test, please navigate to RegisterBlast and select HCC Placement Testing from the group list.

Are you exempt?

  • You are exempt from mathematics placement assessment if you:
    • have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • already have a college degree,
    • have earned a SAT math score of 530* or higher,
    • have earned an ACT math score of 21* or higher,
    • have a high school MCAP Algebra II assessment score of 4 or 5 (750 or higher on the scale score),
    • have a GED Mathematical Reasoning score of 165 or higher,
    • have successfully completed a college-level mathematics course
  • You are exempt from English placement assessment if you:
    • have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • already have a college degree,
    • have earned a SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of 480* or higher,
    • have earned an ACT English score of 21* or higher,
    • have a high school sophomore or junior year MCAP English Language Arts/Literacy score of 4 or 5 (750 or higher on the scale score),
    • have a GED Reasoning Through Language Arts score of 165 or higher,
    • have successfully completed a college-level English course
  • If you are enrolled at another college and have written approval to take a course at HCC from your institution, you MAY be exempt from placement assessments.

*All SAT and ACT scores are valid for 5 years from the testing date. Cumulative high school GPA is valid for 5 years from the date of graduation from high school. All MCAP and GED scores are valid for 2 years from the testing date. GED exams taken before 2014 will not be used for exemption purposes.

Placement Results

IST Placement Tests

  • Keyboard Exemption
    • Your advisor will determine if you need to take the IST 101 Keyboarding course.

Skills assessment scores are valid for two years from the date of assessment at Hagerstown Community College.

Retaking Placement Tests

Retesting (whole, or in part) is optional given the following conditions:

  • The student has not taken the placement test twice within two years
  • The student has not begun an HCC English or mathematics course within two years

There is a $15 retest fee for English/Math placement. This fee must be assessed prior to retesting.

To schedule a retest, please visit RegisterBlast and select "HCC Placement Testing" > "On Campus Accuplacer - Retest" (or "Remote Accuplacer - Retest" if testing remotely).