• College Placement Test (Accuplacer)

    Welcome to HCCC! The CPT is a computerized assessment used to assist with English/Math course placement. Take the CPT seriously! Depending on your scores, you may have to register/pay for additional semesters of courses that do not bear college credit/count toward degree.

    You may be exempt from the CPT, if you have College-level transfer credit, have qualifying ACT/SAT scores or Accuplacer scores from another institution. For more information, visit www.hccc.edu/testing

    Before taking the CPT:
    • Review, Brush-up, Study!!! Look near the bottom of this page for free study resources
    • For special testing accommodations, contact Disability Support Services at 201-360-4157 in advance.
    On the day of CPT:
    • Make sure you eat and rest well
    • Bring photo ID, College Wide ID #, pen, and pencil
    • Report at least 10 minutes before the test start time
    • Walk-ins accepted for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. sessions; Appointment required for 5 p.m. sessions

     January 2018

     January testing schedule

     February 2018

     February testing schedule

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the college placement test (CPT)?

    When do I have to take the college placement test (CPT)?

    Do I have to take the CPT?

    What happens if I fail the CPT?

    What subject areas are covered on the standard placement test? How long is test?

    What is the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)? How long is test?

    What subject areas are covered on the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test? How long is test?

    Why is it important for me to study and prepare for the CPT?

    How can I prepare for the CPT?

    I’m not happy with my CPT results, can I take test again?

    Can I use a calculator?

    How can I set up testing accommodations (i.e. extended time)?

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  • Academic Success begins with preparation for the
    College Placement Test (Accuplacer)

    College Placement Test
    *Approximately 2-3 hours

    1. Writeplacer: 1 hr. timed/typed essay
    2. Reading Comprehension: untimed/multiple choice
    3. Arithmetic: untimed/multiple choice
    4. Elementary Algebra: untimed multiple choice

    Writing Proficiency Test
    *Approximately 90 minutes

    • The WPT is required when Eng 101 transcript is older than 10 years; this exam is handwritten.

    English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test
    *Approximately 2.5-3.5 hours

    1. ESL Reading Skills: untimed/multiple choice
    2. ESL Language Use: untimed/multiple choice
    3. ESL Listening: untimed/multiple choice
    4. ESL Essay: 1 hr. timed/handwritten essay
    5. Must be eligible to take Math Placement test
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  • Contact Information

    HCCC Testing and Assessment
    Library Building
    71 Sip Ave., Lower Level
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    (201) 360-4190