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Waive the Placement Test

Who takes the test

  • All first-time college students take the full placement test unless using a waiver or previous college-level credit for placement.
  • Transfer students test as needed, based on your previous coursework on a transcript.
  • If you have taken Heartland courses on our campus or through our dual credit program, you may not need to test if previous scores are still active. 

If you hold degrees from another school in the United States or if you have special testing needs and considerations, contact us prior to testing.

Submit ACT, External placement test*, GED, PARCC, PSAT, or SAT scores

If you are eligible to use ACT, External placement test, PARCC, PSAT or SAT scores for a placement in literacy and/or math send a copy to testing@heartland.edu

*External placement test scores must be emailed directly from the test site.

Instructions for College NOW

College NOW campus students should choose the upload portal listed by the location you are taking Heartland courses through to upload eligible score reports:

 College NOW counselors should upload eligible score reports as follows:

Important dates

Students are encouraged to turn in their placement waivers before August 1st for the fall semester and December 17th for the spring semester. High school transcripts, intended to use as placement waivers, should be sent four weeks before enrolling into courses. 

  • ACT scores

    ACT subscores in English and math may be used for placement if you took the ACT within the past three years. Here are the scores you need for placement at the college level. If your score is lower, you will need to take the placement test. (HCC's site code for sending ACT scores: 1046)

     English

    ACT English Subscore HCC Placement
    19+ English 101

     Math

    ACT Math Subscore HCC Placement
    0-14 Math 091
    15+ Math 092 or 095
    17+

    Math 098, 089, or 094

    19+ Math 131 or Math 141
    22+ Math 109, Math 135, or TMAT 105
    28+ Math 129, 111, or 151
  • Have you already taken ACCUPLACER at another test site? Here is how you can transfer your scores:
    • ACCUPLACER placement test scores must be emailed directly from the test site to testing@heartland.edu
    • Scores must be within the last two years
    • Transferred score reports will be subject to HCC's placement ranges
  • GED test scores (2014 exam series) in Reasoning through Language Arts and Mathematical Reasoning may be used for placement into college level courses and waiver of the ACCUPLACER test. If your score is lower, you will need to take the placement test.

    • Literacy placement (English 101): Reasoning through Language Arts score of 165 or higher
    • Math placement: Mathematical Reasoning score of 165 or higher for placement at Math 109Math 131Math 135 or Math 141
  • High school transcripts should be submitted for evaluation for potential waivers if graduation was within the past three years. If your GPA is lower than what has been indicated, the placement test will may need to be completed.


    Literacy placement at ENGL 101:

    • 3.0+ on a 4.0 unweighted scale
    • 3.75+ on a 5.0 unweighted scale
    • 83+ on a 100.00 unweighted scale

    Math placement at Math 131/141: Attainment of the GPA literacy requirement and a successful completion of a 4th year semester(s) of math.

     

    High school transcripts should be sent to admissions@heartland.edu a month before enrolling into courses. 

  • PARCC scores

    PARCC scores in math and language arts may be used for placement. Here are the scores you need for placement at the college level. If your score is lower, you may need to complete the placement test.

    • English placement: Grade 11 English/Language Arts score of 4-5
    • Reading placement: Grade 11 English/Language Arts score of 4-5
    • Math placement: Algebra 2 score of 4-5 for placement at Math 109Math 131Math 135Math 141 or TMAT 105
  • PSAT scores 

    PSAT scores in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math section may be used for placement. If your score is lower, you may need to take the placement test. 

    • Literacy placement (at English 101): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480+ 
    • Math section score of 500+ for placement at Math 131 or Math 141
    • Math section score of 530+ for placement at Math 109 or Math 135 
  • SAT scores 

    SAT scores in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math may be used for placement if you took the SAT within the past three years. Here are the scores you need for placement at the college level. If your score is lower, you will need to take the placement test. (HCC's site code for sending SAT scores: 1361)

    English

    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section Score HCC Placement
    480+ English 101

    Math

    SAT Math Section Score  HCC Placement
    0-390 Math 091
    400-460 Math 092 or 095
    470-490

    Math 098, 089, or 094

    500-520 Math 131 or Math 141
    530-610 Math 109, Math 135, or TMAT 105
    620-800 Math 129, 111, or 151

     

    *If you did not include your mailing address in the background section during your SAT exam, your scores may not have been sent electronically to us. To confirm the status of your SAT scores with Heartland, please contact the Testing office at 309-268-8077 or testing@heartland.edu

    • English placement: If you completed a college-level Composition I course with a "C" or better, you are exempt from the literacy test. 
    • Math placement: If you completed a college-level math course you're exempt from the math test unless you are attempting to place above a prerequisite course

    Submit your transcripts to our Records office.

Contact Us

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Heartland Community College
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8077
Lincoln: 217-735-1731
Pontiac: 815-842-6777
EmailTesting@heartland.edu

Hannah Mathes

Associate Director, Testing Center
Email: Hannah.Mathes@heartland.edu
Phone: 309-268-8041

Stephanie Johnson

Program Assistant, Testing Center
Email: Steph.Johnson@heartland.edu 
Phone: 309-268-8011

Lincoln Center

Kelsi Edwards

Program Assistant, HCC Lincoln 
Email
: Kelsi.Edwards@heartland.edu 
Phone: 309-268-8974

Pontiac Center


Email
: Pontiac.Center@heartland.edu 
Phone: 815-842-6777