Placement Testing for Summer and Fall 2020

Review the following information for different placement testing needs.

If you have questions not answered here, please contact assessment@hfcc.edu for assistance.

Chemistry Placement

For the Fall 2020 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. A pre-test will be given at the beginning of each CHEM 141 class and instructors will move students who do not pass the test into CHEM 111 or the appropriate class. If we are still closed when Summer registration begins, we will extend this for summer as well.

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, and until students can be tested on campus:

  1. Students will be placed based on the following chart:
Classes MATH SAT Score (March 2016 or later) MATH ACT Score
MATH-074 200-430 < 16
MATH-080 440-490 16-19
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-080, or MATH-074 based on your high school GPA.

    Completed high school in the last two years and have a high-school GPA 3.2 or higher: place into MATH-110
    Completed high-school in the last four years and have a high-school GPA 2.8 or higher: place into MATH-080
    Others place into MATH-074

  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. A student wishing to take a higher class will be offered a proctored virtual exam as needed. (This only applies if a student cannot be placed based on the above criteria.)

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 or SAT scores if you have completed one of the standardized tests. That is the preferred placement method. If you do not have ACT / SAT scores, you may temporarily use your high school GPA as a means for course placement.

ESL Placement

We will be offering the ESL test, CaMLA, via a remote option. Students who need to take the ESL test should use their HawkMail to e-mail assessment@hfcc.edu for more details.

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

Health Careers has decided to put the Accuplacer reading test requirement on hold. Students should continue working on other requirements until testing is available again. You may continue to apply for programs. We recommend you apply early. Once we reopen our campuses, if multiple students take the Reading test on the same day and are qualified based on that test, Health Careers will use each student’s application date as the tiebreaker.

Course placement and proctored exams

Incoming students, you will need course placement exams at the Assessment Center. See incoming students section below.

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

You may take these tests at your convenience during the Assessment Center's regular hours. No appointment is necessary for assessment testing; just walk in when you're ready.

Contact Us

Due to COVID-19, our hours have changed. Please use the contact information below to reach out to us.

Hours during Summer Semester: 
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Located in the Welcome Center (WC)
313-317-6503

Provides course placement testing on a walk-in 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.