Recent Update: Effective December 2018, the College lowered the SAT math score that allows students to place in certain college-level math classes from 590 to 550.
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. Please see the table below to determine if you are exempt from any tests.
|Type of Test||Exemptions|
|Reading and Writing||
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?
- Check out 'Writing Boot Camp' by Harrisburg Area Community College and other HACC courses on iTunes U for FREE.
- Download the free College Board's Accuplacer app from their website.
- View College Board's Accuplacer online exam preparation materials.
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 Test Center - 717-339-3535
731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Check in at the Welcome Center, room 102
Jan. 21-31 Test Center Hours:
Day Time Last placement test will begin at: Monday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Thursday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 10:30 a.m.
Regular Test Center Hours:
Last placement test will begin at:
Monday 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Thursday 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 10:30 a.m.
- Harrisburg Campus Test Center - 717-780-1105
One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Check in at Whitaker Hall, room 123
Day Time Last placement test will begin at: Monday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m.
- Lancaster Campus Test Center
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
Check in FIRST at the Welcome Center, Main Building, Room 218
Day Time Last placement test will begin at: Monday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2 p.m.
- Lebanon Campus Test Center - 717-270-4222
735 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042
Check in at the Welcome Center
*Prior to walking in for a placement test at the Lebanon Campus, please call the Welcome Center for seat availability - 717-270-4222
Day Time Last placement test will begin at: Monday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. 5 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 1 p.m. Friday Closed Closed
- York Campus Test Center - 717-801-3214
2010 Pennsylvania Ave., York, PA 17404
Check in at the Welcome Center
Day Time Last placement test will begin at: Monday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 1 p.m.
- Virtual Learning Students
If you are pursuing an online degree and need to take placement testing remotely, please contact Elisa Cohen, email@example.com 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 include:
- Driver's license
- 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, 717-339-3535
- 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 link Test Out Form and Procedures (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.