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Placement Testing

 Placement Testing

 Please review the information on placement testing. Determine if you need to take placement testing and how to schedule a test.


Do I need to take placement testing?

Many current or future HACC students need to take placement tests. You need to take placement testing if: 

  • You are a new applicant. You will be tested in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrollment. 
  • You want to enroll in an English or math course.
  • You want to enroll in a course that has an English or math prerequisite. 
  • English is your second language. You will need to take English as a Second Language (ESL) test before other placement tests.
Why do I need to take placement testing?

Placement test determine what level of classes will best meet your needs in English and math.

Am I exempt from testing? 

Some students are exempt from portions of the placement test because of prior course work or other test scores. 

You are exempt from placement testing if you: 
  • Present evidence of successful completion of prerequisite, college-level courses. 
  • Enroll in courses without English or math prerequisites.  
You may be exempt from the reading placement test if you: 
  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (480 or above on the SAT Reading) or ACT (18 or higher on the ACT Reading). 
You are exempt from reading and writing placement testing if you: 
  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education 
You are exempt from the ESL placement test if you: 
  • Present acceptable TOEFL scores.  
Contact your campus testing center or Welcome Center prior to taking the test to learn more about exemptions. 

How do I prepare for the placement test?

HACC uses the College Board's ACCUPLACER placement test. It is not a pass or fail exam, but we do want you to prepare to ensure you succeed and do your best.

  • Avoid taking the ACCUPLACER test just to get it done. Choose a day and time that works best for you.
  • Review the sample questions and resources to build your confidence.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat properly before the test.
Where can I find resources to prepare for the test?

How do I set up a time to take my placement test?

Start preparing for the placement testing once you receive your admission letter.  

  • For the Gettysburg Campus, please call 717-337-3855.
  • The Harrisburg Campus offers walk-in placement testing, Mondays—Thursdays, 9 AM—5 PM and Fridays, 9 AM—1 PM. For more information, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment, please call 717-780-1105.
  • The Lancaster Campus offers walk-in placement testing, Mondays between 9 AM—2 PM and Tuesdays —Thursdays between 9 AM—6 PM. If you prefer to schedule an appointment any day, including Fridays between 9 AM—2 PM, please call 717-358-2966.
  • For the Lebanon Campus, please call 717-270-4222. 
  • The York Campus offers walk-in placement testing, Mondays—Thursdays, 9 AM— 5:30 PM. For more information, or if you prefer to schedule and appointment, please call 717-801-3276.

How should I prepare for the day of the test?

  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the test. Most students take up to two hours to complete testing.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the test begin to find parking, get to the test center, and relax.

What do I need to bring to on the day of the test?

HACC requires photo identification. Approved forms of photo identification are: 

  • Driver's license 
  • Passport 
  • Work or school identification

Note: We do not permit children in the test center. We do not permit cell phones, calculators or electronic devices.  

What should I do after I complete the test?

After completing placement testing, schedule your new student orientation. An advisor will interpret your scores and help you choose courses. 

What is the re-testing policy?

We allow all students to re-take the Placement Test after waiting at least two weeks after the initial test date.

It is recommended that students wait six months after the second re-test before re-testing. The initial test and first re-test are free of charge. Any subsequent retests will incur a $25 non-refundable fee. 

Who do I ask about accommodations before I take the test?

  • If you have a documented disability and require special assistance with testing, contact the campus to schedule testing: 
    • Gettysburg Campus, 717-337-3855 
    • Harrisburg Campus, 717-780-2614 
    • Lancaster Campus, 717-358-2972 
    • Lebanon Campus, 717-270-6333 
    • York Campus, 717-801-3276

How can I prepare for the First Year Seminar test-out exam?

Students interested in testing out of the 1-credit First Year Seminar should use the "On Course" textbook for preparation, available at most bookstores. Additionally, a set of flashcards is available free online. Students should also be familiar with the OnCourse principles, outlined here."