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Placement Testing

Please note the changes to placement testing are effective for summer and fall 2020 class registration.


Do I need placement testing?
Yes you do, unless you qualify for direct placement into college-level math or English courses. Submit a high school or college transcript or score report for scores to be accepted. See the chart below to determine qualification for college-level courses.

 

  Qualifications
College-level English
  • SAT score of 480 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test (ERW) within 5 years OR
  • ACT Reading of 18 or higher AND ACT Writing of 21 or higher within 5 years OR
  • Completed an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education OR
  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
College-level math
  • Unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 or greater within 5 years OR
  • MATH SAT score of 530 or above within 5 years OR
  • ACT score of 21 or above within 5 years OR
  • HS Algebra II grade of B or greater within 5 years of graduation OR
  • GED math score of 175 or better within 5 years
College-level Math, Reading and Writing

 

  • Present evidence of successful completion of prerequisite, college-level courses OR
  • Enroll in courses without English or math prerequisites

 

Are there other exemptions from placement testing?Some students are exempt from portions of the placement test because of other test scores. Please see the table below to determine if you are exempt from any of these tests.

Exempt from Reading Placement Test
  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (480 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test) OR
  • ACT (18 or higher on the ACT Reading)
Exempt from Writing Placement Test

 

  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (480 or above on the SAT Writing test OR
  • ACT (21 or higher on the ACT English)
Exempt from ESL Placement Test

 

  • Acceptable TOEFL scores OR
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above

 

How do I submit a high school transcript or SAT, ACT, GED score report?

High school transcripts or score reports may be submitted in one of the following ways:

 

1) Mailed to:

HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College

Central Admissions Office, C131

One HACC Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17110-2999

 

2) Emailed to start@hacc.edu

 

How do I submit a college transcript?

 For transfer information, https://www.hacc.edu/Students/TransferringfromHACC/Transcript-Request.cfm


How do I prepare for the placement test?

HACC uses the College Board's ACCUPLACER placement test. Your placement tests are not a pass or fail, but we do want you to prepare to ensure you succeed and do your best. Performing well on your placement test will ensure that you can enroll in the best-fit classes.

  • Avoid taking the test just to get it done. Choose a day and time that will allow you to concentrate on the exam for an extended period of time without distractions.
  • 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. Placement testing is available without an appointment at these locations:

  • Gettysburg Campus Test Center - 717-339-3535
    731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
    Check in at the Welcome Center, room 102
     

    Regular Test Center Hours:

    Day

    Time

    Last placement test will begin at:

    Monday 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 4 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 4 p.m.
    Thursday 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 10:30 a.m.

     
  • Harrisburg Campus Test Center - 717-780-1105
    One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
    Check in at Whitaker Hall, room 123
     
    Day Time Last placement test will begin at:
    Monday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m.

 

  • Lancaster Campus Test Center
    1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
    Check in FIRST at the Welcome Center, Main Building, Room 218
    Day Time Last placement test will begin at:
    Monday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m.
    Thursday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2 p.m.

 

  • Lebanon Campus Test Center - 717-270-4222
    735 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042
    Check in at the Welcome Center
    *Prior to walking in for a placement test at the Lebanon Campus, please call the Welcome Center for seat availability - 717-270-4222
    Day Time Last placement test will begin at:
    Monday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m.
    Friday Closed Closed

 

  • York Campus Test Center - 717-801-3214
    2010 Pennsylvania Ave., York, PA 17404
    Check in at the Welcome Center
    Day Time Last placement test will begin at:
    Monday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 1 p.m.

 

  • Virtual Learning Students
    If you are pursuing an online degree and need to take placement testing remotely, please contact Elisa Cohen, escohen@hacc.edu or call 717-780-3203, for more information.

 

What do I need to bring to on the day of the test?
HACC requires photo identification. Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • 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?
Students are allowed to retake all or individual placement tests. Students may not retest on the same day. Before re-taking a test, students should review preparation resources.

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, 717-339-3535
    • 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.

For information regarding the First Year Seminar test-out exam, please visit the link Test Out Form and Procedures (pdf)
 

Where can I find information regarding the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?
Get information about scheduling the TEAS exam for nursing here. (pdf) Students should not schedule a TEAS exam until after consulting with an advisor.

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