Placement Testing

Hibbing Community College

New Student Assessment - (Placement Testing)


What is the Next-Generation Accuplacer Placement test?

The Accuplacer test 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.

Preparation: Accuplacer Introduction and Sample Questions

Review “NEXT-GENERATION” tests

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

All new students will take the Accuplacer assessment unless you have completed college level courses at another college or meet other score requirements.

  • ACT READING subscore of 21 or higher:Placement:college-level reading
  • ACT ENGLISH subscore of 18 or higher:Placement:college-level writing skills
  • ACT MATH subscore of 22 or higher:Placement:Math 1040 – College Algebra

Students can take the Next-Generation Advanced Algebra & Functions test to check for higher math placement.

  • SAT Evidence based reading and writing test score - 480 or higher: College Level Reading & College Level writing
  • SAT MATH score - 530 or higher: Math 1040 College Algebra
  • MCA READING score:1047 or higher – College Level Reading
  • MCA WRITING score: – there is no applicable MCA score for college writing placement
  • MCA MATH score:-1158 or higher – Math 1040 (College Algebra); Score of 1150 - Math 1140 (Lib Arts Math) or Math 1020 (Adv Alg); Score of 1148 - Math 2010 (Statistics)

How do I sign up for the Accuplacer test?

The Admissions Department will schedule you for the 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 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, 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?
Results are valid for three years in reading and two years in math.

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. Complete retest prior to the beginning of a semester.

Disability Accommodations
Students with a documented disability may contact the HCC Disability Services Office at 218-262-6712 to seek testing accommodations.