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  • Welcome to HCCC Testing and Assessment

    Our Testing and Assessment Center is here to help you succeed in learning and developing. We administer the College Placement Test , English as a Second Language (ESL).

    After you've been admitted to Hudson County Community College, you must take the College Placement Test (CPT) to help us place you in classes that are in line with your skill level. As of July 2012, HCCC applicants must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency to be eligible for financial aid..

    The College Placement Test is also used to decide if you may need to go through our English as a Second Language or Academic Foundations Programs, which will strengthen basic skills in reading, writing, computation and algebra before moving on to college-level courses.  Not everyone must take the College Placement Test.

    The following criteria will exempt students from taking the College Placement Test:

    1. Any student with a degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university. Graduates of foreign universities should have their records evaluated by any member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). An official transcript should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

    2. Students who completed college-level English composition and mathematics courses with a minimum grade of C at another college. An official transcript should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

    3. Students who took the Placement Test (Accuplacer) at HCCC or at another college in New Jersey within the last two years.

    4. Students enrolled in selected proficiency certificates.

    5. ACT:
      English/Reading: 21+
      Math: 21+
      * ACT scores valid for 5 years.

    6. SAT taken before March 2016:
      Critical Reading: 540+
      Math: 530+

    7. SAT taken as of March 2016:
      Evidence-based Reading & Writing (ERW): 480+
      Math: 530+
      * SAT scores valid for 5 years.

    8. Overall High School G.P.A.* of 3.0 PLUS SAT ERW 450-479 and/or SAT Math 500-529
      College-level English Placement
      College-level Math Placement

    9. Overall High G.P.A.* of 3.5:
      College-level English Placement
      College-level Math Placement: HS Pre-Calculus grade of D or better or HS Algebra II grade of C or better
      Pre-Calculus Placement: HS Pre-Calculus grade of C or better or HS Calculus grade of D or better
      Calculus Placement: HS Calculus grade of B or better

      * High School Transcript Guidelines:
      Juniors/Seniors transcripts accepted; students must complete 4 years of high school in the U.S
      H.S. transcript valid for 5 years.
      Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization.
      Further testing may be required.

    10. Testing of English as Foreign Language* (TOEFL):
      Must achieve the following TOEFL scores to place directly into College-level English:
      Reading: 22-30
      Listening: 22-30
      Speaking: 26-30
      Writing: 24-30

      Must achieve the following TOEFL scores to be exempt from ESL Reading and Academic Discussion:
      Reading: 22-30
      Listening: 22-30

      Must achieve the following TOEFL scores to be exempt from ESL Writing and Grammar:
      Writing: 24-30

      * TOEFL Guidelines:
      TOEFL scores valid for two years.
      Students may be eligible for partial exemption form the ESL Placement test.
      Further testing may be required.

    11. Advanced Placement* (AP):
      AP Calculus AB: 3+
      AP Calculus BC: 3+
      AP Statistics: 3+
      AP English Language & Composition: 3+
      AP English Literature & Composition: 3+
      * AP scores valid for 5 years

    12. GED* Exam:
      Reasoning Through Language Arts: 165+
      Mathematical Reasoning: 165+

      * GED Guidelines:
      GED scores valid for 5 years.
      Only English version of GED exam accepted.

    Document Processing:
    Students are encouraged to submit documents before taking the CPT.

    Documents can be sent to Enrollment Services:
    70 Sip Ave, Jersey City, 07306 201-714-7200 admissions@hccc.edu

    Students who need to take ESL or Academic Foundations courses in writing, reading, computation or algebra must register for these courses in their first semester at the College and must continue to do so until they demonstrate standards of proficiency in English or mathematics.

    In some cases, if low scores indicate the need for intensive basic skills preparatory study, students will not be allowed to register for any college-level courses until satisfactory progress is made in developing their reading, writing and math abilities. In other cases, where test scores are higher but still indicate the need for ESL or developmental work, students will be allowed to take selected college-level courses.


    I took the College Placement Test.
    What scores do I need to place into college-level English and Math?

    College-level English requirements:
    1. Writeplacer score 7+
    2. Writeplacer score 6+ AND Reading Comprehension 83+
    3. Writeplacer score 6+ AND Next-Generation Reading 255+

    College-level Math requirements:
    1. Next-Generation Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) 200+
    2. Classic Arithmetic 78+ AND Classic Elementary Algebra 76+

    Pre-Calculus requirements:
    1. Next-Generation Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) 250+
    2. Classic Arithmetic 78+ AND Classic Elementary Algebra 110+

    Calculus requirements:
    1. Next-Generation Advanced Algebra & Functions (AAF) 276+
    2. Classic Arithmetic 78+ AND Classic Elementary Algebra 115+

    ** Students may not be concurrently enrolled in both Basic Math & Basic Algebra.

  • Contact Information

    HCCC Testing and Assessment
    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave., Lower Level
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    (201) 360-4190