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Testing Services

Housatonic Community College provides the following testing services:

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing for New Students

The ACCUPLACER computerized placement test is administered to students who have not already successfully completed college-level English and Math classes. Placement testing will help you to identify your academic strengths and needs in reading, writing, and mathematics. This is not a pass/ fail test – it is used for course placement only. After testing, you will meet with an Academic Advisor and the results will be used to make decisions regarding the appropriate level of classes for you. Students must fill out an admissions application and get a Banner ID number before taking the test. The test usually takes about 1 - 1 ½ hours to complete. No computer experience is necessary and assistance is available if needed.

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Spanish & French Language Test for HCC Course Placement

The Spanish & French Placement tests are comprised of a brief survey and a series of multiple-choice questions that take about 20 minutes to complete. The scores and the language background data will be used to place students into the appropriate level Spanish or French course. The Placement test helps instructors balance their classes with students at the same level. There is no charge for the test.

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Computer Literacy Test & Requirement (for HCC students only)

This test is for all students enrolled in an associate degree program who have not yet met the Computer Literacy Requirement.

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CLEP and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) Exams

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) and DSST exams provide students the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge acquired through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, professional development, or internships. Credit is awarded by earning qualifying scores on any of the 33 computerized CLEP exams or 38 DSST tests.

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