The Basic Skills Assessment helps determine what classes are appropriate for you.

HCC requires all new students take the assessment, which includes writing, reading and mathematics. Make sure to submit an HCC application before you take the assessment.

After testing is complete, all new students must contact Advisement and meet with an academic advisor as part of the enrollment process.

What to bring

  • Your Heartland ID number (to log into the test system)
  • A photo ID
  • A calculator (if you are taking the math portion). Some calculators, such as the TI-89, are not allowed. See the ACT Compass Guidelines to find out if your calculator is allowed.

Assessment waiver

You can waive all or part of your assessment based on your ACT/PARCC scores or previous college courses. For information about waiving the assessment, see the Basic Skills Assessment FAQs.

College NOW

  • If you are assessing to take dual credit/dual enrollment courses through your high school or career center, visit the College NOW basic skills assessment page for more information.
  • If you are a high school student assessing to take courses at Heartland's campus or online on your own, the appointment information on this page applies to you. 

Contact Assessment

Normal Campus

Kaitlyn Ralph, Coordinator of Assessment
Phone: 309-268-8018

Lincoln Center

Phone: 217-735-1731

Pontiac Center

Phone: 815-842-6777