Placement Testing

Hibbing Community College

New Student Assessment - (Placement Testing)

What is Next Generation Accuplacer placement testing?
The Next Generation Accuplacer testing is an assessment in reading comprehension and math that colleges use to determine how your skill levels meet course prerequisites to ensure your success in college.

Are study materials available?

All students are encouraged to review study materials prior to taking the test(s).

Preparation: Next Generation Accuplacer Sample Questions

ACCUPLACER FREE STUDY APP: https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login

More practice sites: Review “NEXT GENERATION” tests

Do I need to take the Accuplacer assessment? Are there exemptions?

All new students will take the Next Generation Accuplacer assessment(s) unless you have completed college level courses at another college or university, meet other score requirements, or multiple measures. Below is a listing of required scores needed for exemptions.

College Level Reading:

  • ACT Reading score of 21+ OR 19-20 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • SAT Evidence based reading and writing test score of 480+ OR 440-479 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • MCA Reading score: 1047+ OR 1042-1046 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • Next Generation Reading Accuplacer 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • Classic Reading Accuplacer 78+

College Level Writing:

  • ACT English score of 18+ OR 16-17 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • SAT Evidence based reading/writing score of 480+ OR 440-479 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • MCA - there is no applicable MCA score for college writing placement
  • Next Generation Reading Accuplacer 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • Classic Reading Accuplacer 78+
  • College Algebra – Math 1040
    • ACT MATH score of 22+ OR 20-21 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • SAT MATH score of 530+ OR 520-529 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • MCA score 1158+ OR 1152-1157 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • Next Generation Accuplacer Adv. Alg. & Functions test 250+ OR 236-249 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • Classic Accuplacer: Intermediate Alg 60+ OR Elementary Alg 76+ & College level math 50+
  • Liberal Arts Math – Math 1140
    • MCA score 1150+ OR 1146-1149 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Alg & Stats 276+ OR Advanced Alg & Functions 237-249
    • Classic Accuplacer Elementary Alg 76+ OR Intermediate Alg 50-59
  • Statistics -- Math 2010
    • MCA score 1148+ OR 1146-1147 & HS cumulative GPA of 2.7+
    • Next Generation Adv. Alg. & Functions test 250+
    • Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Alg 60+ OR College Level math test 50+
  • Calculus 1 – Math 2101
    • Next Generation Advanced Alg & Functions test 276+
    • Classic Accuplacer College Level math test 90+

College Level Math:

How do I sign up for the Accuplacer test?

The Admissions Department will schedule you for the Next Generation Accuplacer test(s). If you are not able to attend the session chosen for you, please contact the Admission’s Department to reschedule by calling 218-262-7207.

How long is the test?
The test is self-paced and not timed. Please do not to rush through the test(s). Students generally complete the tests in 1-2 hours.

What should I bring to the test?
Please note you will need to bring a photo ID for check-in. Hand-held calculators are not allowed; a calculator is provided on the computer screen. Scratch paper and pencils are provided to students.

Can I use a calculator?
The test will provide an online calculator when needed. Hand-held calculators not permitted.

What if I need to take the Accuplacer test for another MinnState college?

If you are attending another college but would like to test at Hibbing Community College, you need a voucher created from the college you are attending.

Can I take the test(s) at a college closer to where I live?

If you do not live in the area and would like to test closer to home, contact Admissions to have a voucher created (218-262-7247).

Can I fail the test?
No. These tests assess your current skill level. The purpose of the assessment is to determine your placement in college level courses, which enables you and your advisor or counselor to make informed decisions about which courses to take at the beginning of your college career.

The assessment does not affect your admission to HCC (unless you are a PSEO applicant).

How long are the results valid?
Accuplacer results are valid for five years in reading and two years in math. MCA, SAT, and ACT scores are valid for 5 years.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to take the assessment test the first time.

Can I retest?
HCC allows one retest per semester (students shall not be allowed more than 2 retests within a 12 month period). Retest fee of $5 is payable at the Bookstore. Students will need to see an advisor/counselor regarding retesting and to receive study material information. Please complete all retests prior to the beginning of each semester.

Disability Accommodations
Students with a documented disability may contact the HCC Disability Services Office by calling 218-262-7363 to seek testing accommodations.

What happens after I complete the Accuplacer assessment?

Students will meet with an advisor to discuss courses based on scores from assessments (including multiple measures) to determine proper course placement