Most of our course placement is being done using High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores. For dual enrollment students you may use pSAT scores. Please e-mail or call 313-845-9600 for more information, or discuss your placement while meeting with advising or counseling.

Placement Guidelines

Review the following information for different placement testing needs.

If you have questions not answered here, please contact for assistance.

Chemistry Placement

For Winter 2022 registration period, the Chemistry placement test score has been waived for CHEM 141. As long as students meet all other course requirements, they may register for CHEM 141 without taking the Chemistry Placement test. If, within the first 3 weeks, students registered in CHEM-141 believe that they are misplaced, they will be offered the option to move down to CHEM 111 (12-week semester) after a discussion with the instructor. It will be adjusted by the department if needed.

Math Placement

Additional ACT and SAT scores have been added for placement into courses that typically require Accuplacer scores.

Summary: Placement changes effective March 20, 2020:

  1. Students will be placed based on the following chart:
Classes MATH SAT Score (March 2016 or later) MATH ACT Score
MATH-110 500-530 20-21
MATH-115 540-620 22-26
MATH-175 630-690 27-31
MATH-180 700-800 > 31
  1. If you do not have an SAT/ACT score as listed above, you may be placed into MATH-110, MATH-131, or MATH-141 based on your high school GPA.

    • Completed high school in the last ten years and have a high-school GPA 2.5 or higher: place into gateway Math courses: MATH-110 or MATH-131, or MATH-141
    • All students, including those with a high-school GPA below 2.499 or those who completed high school over 10 years ago; place into (are eligible for) Math co-requisite class pairs
      • MATH-110 + MATH-010 (Intermediate Algebra and its support course)
      • MATH-131 + MATH-031 (Math for the Modern World and its support course)
      • MATH-141 + MATH-041 (Introduction to Statistics and its support course)
      • For MATH-031 and MATH-041; students must also meet English pre-requisite requirements to register

  2. Dual-Enrollment / Early College / Collegiate Academy-Placement Into MATH 115 or 165 (Handled by Waiver)

    Based on high-school teacher, principal, or counselor recommendation, a student may be placed up to MATH-115 or MATH-165
    Beginning Winter 2021, dual-enrollment students may also be placed using PSAT scores. Please reference the MATH SAT score chart listed above for placement information
    Dual-enrollment students looking to take MATH 175 or MATH 180 will also need to take the Accuplacer Math test

English Placement for Early College / Collegiate Academy and Dual Enroll / Advancement Plus

For students who are in Early College, Collegiate Academy, and Dual Enrolled or Advancement Plus, you may also use ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores if you have completed one of the standardized tests. That is the preferred placement method. If you do not have ACT / SAT / PSAT scores, you may email to request a testing appointment.

ESL Placement

We will be offering the ESL test, CaMLA, via remote and in-person options, by appointment only. Students who need to take the ESL test should use their HawkMail to e-mail for more details.

Accuplacer Reading Test – for Health Career programs with a reading test score requirement

Students who need to take the Accuplacer reading test should use their HawkMail to e-mail for more details.

Placement Options

For students that are not eligible to place by GPA or SAT/ACT scores, we do offer placement testing.

We currently have virtual and in-person options for scheduling placement testing appointments. For both in-person and virtual options, you must have an appointment to test. You may email to schedule testing. Please remember to follow all required screening and safety measures to be on campus, which may include screening forms and face coverings, etc. For more information and current HFC campus policies, visit the HFC coronavirus safety information page.

Virtual testing online through zoom

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Must have computer with webcam and reliable internet
  • Must have a valid photo ID

In person testing in the Welcome Center

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (you may take until 4:30 to finish your test)
  • When you arrive at the Welcome Center you will check-in at the front desk and show proof that you have completed the HFC health screener and testing appointment confirmation
  • Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to your appointment

Course placement and proctored exams

Incoming students, course placement is based on GPA or ACT/SAT scores. See the Placement Guidelines for Winter 2022 information above.

Current students, you will need proctored exams for online hybrid courses at the Assessment Center. See currently-enrolled students section below.

You may schedule a testing appointment by emailing Appointments are required for placement testing.

Contact Us

Some departments are providing remote services only. Please contact us before coming to campus.

Hours during Summer Semester: 
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Provides course placement testing on a virtual basis for all students in English, Math, Chemistry, and computer literacy.

Assessment Center Services

Incoming Students: Course Placement

Course Placement allows us to evaluate your skills in math, reading, and writing, to make sure you register for classes that give you the best chance to succeed.

Most new students are required to take Course Placement before you will be able to register for classes. If you took the ACT or SAT, you may be eligible to waive course placement and register for classes.

If you want to take advanced subject courses, take our advanced placement tests. See all available tests.

Currently-Enrolled Students: Online Hybrid Exams

Midterms and final exams are provided for some online hybrid courses. Your instructor will tell you if your test needs to be taken in the proctored Assessment Center.

  • Only bring materials that your instructor has approved.
  • No electronic notes or textbooks will be allowed (please make sure all material is printed).
  • Calculators are available on a limited basis (If approved by instructor).
  • You will be responsible to sign up for an appointment time that fits into your instructors assigned testing dates.

Contact your instructor for assigned testing dates and instructions.