Holmes CC administers ACCUPLACER, an untimed computerized assessment, to provide incoming students with immediate
results of skill levels in the areas of reading comprehension, sentence skills, and
mathematics. The higher score of ACT and ACCUPLACER determines the student's optimal curriculum as acknowledged in the HCC placement and prerequisite/corequisite tables. In Fall 2016, Holmes will be moving to ACCUPLACER for placement testing,
but previous COMPASS scores will still be used for placement purposes.
If ACT scores are not available at the time of registration, ACCUPLACER placement tests are taken to make such recommendations. If one wishes to challenge an ACT placement, the student must take ACCUPLACER prior to registration by appointment or on the designated registration date(s) per campus. Holmes Community College offers ACCUPLACER only to HCC students and no testing fee is applied. Two ACCUPLACER tests per semester with a minimum of a 48 hour time period between testing are permitted. ACCUPLACER scores taken at any other institution will not be accepted.
A student who places into two or more Pre-Core Studies courses based on placement within the areas of English and mathematics will be assigned a General College Studies (DS) advisor to facilitate the student's completion of the core curriculum required for graduation. Once Pre-Core Studies courses are concluded, the student will be transferred to an advisor of one's major/concentration area.
Students are strongly encouraged to view test information such as sample test questions, test-taking tips, and a downloadable student study app provided by ACCUPLACER. Note that only the computer calculator is permitted for use when taking the ACCUPLACER mathematics test. For additional information or to schedule a ACCUPLACER placement test, contact the appropriate campus representative. Proof of acceptance to Holmes Community College (Holmes ID Number) and a valid Photo I.D. must be presented to the test proctor before one is allowed to take ACCUPLACER at any HCC test site. Cell phones must be turned off upon entrance of the testing center.
If you live out-of-state where coming to one of our campus locations for testing would not be a viable option, then you can request to take your Accuplacer tests via bVirtual online by clicking here to complete the necessary form. You will be charged a fee of $25 per proctored session by bVirtual in order to take your Accuplacer tests. You are required to have a computer with a microphone, a web cam, and a HIGH SPEED Internet connection. The computer must be in a TIDY and UNDISTURBED environment where you can conduct your test session. Once your request for online Accuplacer testing has been approved and processed, you will receive an email containing a voucher number and an attached PDF document with additional instructions.
Please contact the representative where you will be testing.
Dr. Robert Harris
Director of Placement Testing
Counseling Center Administrative Assistant