Future students

Placement Testing

Please review the information on placement testing. Determine if you need to take placement testing and how to schedule a test.

Do I need to take placement testing?

Many current or future HACC students need to take placement tests. You need to take placement testing if:

  • You are a new applicant. You will be tested in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrollment.
  • You want to enroll in an English or math course.
  • You want to enroll in a course that has an English or math prerequisite.
  • English is your second language. You will need to take English as a Second Language (ESL) test before other placement tests.

Why do I need to take placement testing?

Placement test determine what level of classes will best meet your needs in English and math.

Am I exempt from testing? 

Some students are exempt from portions of the placement test because of prior course work or other test scores.

You are exempt from placement testing if you:

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

You are exempt from the reading placement test if you:

  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (480 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test or a 480 on the new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test) or ACT (18 or higher on the ACT Reading).

You are exempt from the writing placement test if you:

  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (480 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test or a 480 on the new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test) or ACT (21 or higher on the ACT English).

You are exempt from the reading and writing placement test if you:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education

You are exempt from the math placement test if you:

  • Submit a satisfactory score from the SAT (550 or above on the SAT Math test) or ACT (23 or higher on the ACT Math)

You are exempt from the ESL placement test if you:

  • Present acceptable TOEFL scores.
  • Submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Contact your campus testing center or Welcome Center prior to taking the test to learn more about exemptions.

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 - 717-337-3855
    731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
    • Monday          8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Last testing start time: 3 p.m.
    • Tuesday         9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. - Last testing start time: 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday    9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. - Last testing start time: 4 p.m.
    • Thursday        8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. - Last testing start time: 3 p.m.
    • Friday             9 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Last testing start time: 10:30 p.m.
  • Harrisburg Campus - 717-780-1105
    One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
    • Monday           9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday          9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday     9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Thursday         9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Friday              9 a.m.-1 p.m. (For Friday placement testing during the summer, students will report to the Cooper Student Center, room 210.)
  • Lancaster Campus - 717-358-2966
    1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Monday           9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday          9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday     9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    • Thursday         9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    • Friday              9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • For the Lebanon Campus, please call 717-270-4222
    735 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042
  • York Campus - 717-801-3214
    2010 Pennsylvania Ave., York, PA 17404
    • Monday           9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday          9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday     9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday         9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    • Friday              9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      Closed Fridays from June 8 - July 27
  • 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.

How should I prepare for the day of the test?

  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the test. Most students take up to three hours to complete testing.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the test begin to find parking, get to the test center, and relax.

What do I need to bring to on the day of the test?

HACC requires photo identification. Approved forms of photo identification are:

  • 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?

We allow all students to re-take the Placement Test after waiting at least two weeks after the initial test date.

It is recommended that students wait six months after the second re-test before re-testing. 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, 717-337-3855
    • 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 links below:
Test-out Form (for all campuses other than the Harrisburg Campus)  (pdf)

Test-out Form (Harrisburg Campus only) (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.