COURSE PLACEMENT

Course Placement Score Qualifications

HCC utilizes ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER for Course Placement.

ACT® -- Writing, Reading, & Math Scores for placement

  • English Composition 1A: ACT English score of 20 or above
  • English Composition 1B: ACT English Score of 17-19
  • Basic English: ACT English Score of 16 or below
  • Reading Comprehension: ACT Reading Score of 16 or below
  • College Algebra: ACT Mathematics Score of 21 or higher (Note: If below 21, students must complete a placement exam in order to be enrolled into a mathematics course.)

COMPASS -- Writing, Reading, and Math Scores for placement
Score Levels

  • English Composition 1A: Writing placement score of 76 or above
  • English Composition 1B: Writing placement score of 53-75
  • Basic English: Writing placement score of 52 or below
  • Reading Comprehension: Reading placement score of 74 or below   
  • College Algebra: Math placement score (Algebra) of 48 or above
  • Intermediate Algebra: Math placement score (Algebra) of 28-47
  • Basic Algebra: Math placement score (Algebra) of 27 or below—regardless of Pre-Algebra score
  • Principles of Math: Math placement score (Pre-Algebra) of 39 or below

ASSET -- Writing and Reading Skills
Score Levels

  • English Composition 1A:  Writing placement score of 45 or above
  • English Composition 1B:  Writing placement score of 41-44
  • Basic English: Writing placement score of 40 or below
  • Reading Comprehension: Reading placement score of 38 or below

ACCUPLACER (Elementary Algebra Version) -- Math Scores for placement
Score Levels

  • College Algebra: Math placement score (Elementary Algebra version) of 75 or above
  • Intermediate Algebra: Math placement score (Elementary Algebra version) of 57-74
  • Basic Algebra: Math placement score (Elementary Algebra version) of 25-56
  • Essential Principles of Math: Math placement (Elementary Algebra version) of 24 or below


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