Requirements for Academic Skills Assessment

You must show a valid photo ID, before being given a test. Please see the Photo ID Requirements to determine the type of ID required.

New Students

Recent high school graduates will be required to complete the new student advising session. For more information, visit the link on "Getting Started" at the Admissions website or contact the Admissions Office at 443-412-2109.

Students who have not completed College Level English or Math, nor earned qualifying SAT or ACT scores, may be referred to the Test Center to complete the Academic Skills Assessment. Please see the table below for exemptions in taking the Academic Skills Assessment.

Continuing Education Students

Some Continuing Education Certificate-seeking students planning to register for classes must have the related academic skills. Contact the Continuing Education Department at 443-412-2376 to find out the required assessments needed to register for classes.

Approved Assessments and Qualifying Scores for College and Career Readiness Designation

Qualifying scores in SAT, ACT, PARCC, Accuplacer, AP or IB tests give students a College and Career Readiness designation. Official copy of qualifying scores in all tests should be sent to Admissions for review and consideration

Students entering HCC with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher can register for college-level English and mathematics courses. Applicants will be required to submit official high school transcripts. The 3.0 GPA should be: unweighted, on a 4.0 scale, and within the preceding 5 years; junior high school GPA is acceptable.


You have your CCR designation if you meet one of the following:

  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher
  • ACT English and Reading score of 21 or higher
  • PARCC English 10 OR 11 score of 4 or higher (750 or higher scaled score)
  • GED Reasoning through Language Arts score of 165 or higher
  • AP English Language & Composition OR English Literature & Composition score of 3 or higher
  • IB Lang. A: Literature SL or HL OR Lang. A: Language & Literature SL or HL score of 4 or higher
  • Next-Generation Accuplacer Writing and Reading score of 263 or higher


You have your CCR designation if you meet one of the following:

  • SAT Math Score of 530 or higher (570 will place students in Math 109)
  • ACT Math Score of 21 or higher
  • PARCC Algebra II score of 4 or higher (750 or higher scaled score)
  • GED Math scores of 165 or higher are eligible for Math 216 or Math 102. Students needing college algebra or pre-calculus or above for program of study must take the Accuplacer test or a calculus readiness test.
  • AP Calculus AB/BC OR Statistics OR Computer Science score of 3 or higher
  • IB Math Studies or Math SL/HL OR Further Math score of 4 or higher
  • Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Math (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics) is 263 or higher

Note: You are exempt from taking the Academic Skills Assessment if you meet the CCR requirements indicated above or have earned an Associate or Baccalaureate degree (Transcript required).


You may retest 24 hours after the initial test. After two attempts within a two year period a $25 proctoring fee will be assigned for all subsequent attempts. For more information, contact the Test Center at 443-412-2352.

Assessment scores, SAT scores and ACT scores are valid for a period of two years. If you do not begin the appropriate course sequence within the two year period, you must repeat the assessment.