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Placement Testing

Highland Community College does not require ACT or SAT scores in order to be admitted, but does require placement scores for reading, English, and math. Scores from the ACT or SAT will be used as placement scores for students who have taken those tests. Students who have NOT taken the ACT or SAT test will be given a COMPASS assessment test at HCC prior to enrolling in math, English, or reading courses. Students enrolling in off campus courses at HCC will take the ASSET placement test. The following table illustrates the scores needed on each of the placement tests for enrollment in HCC courses. Click here for more information about placement tests offered across HCC's Norheast Kansas Region. Schedule your placement testing date by clicking here.

High School Transcript Placement

Subject Score Placement
English Cum. GPA of 2.74 or below Fundamentals of English (no college credit) or Placement Test
English Cum. GPA of 2.75 or above College English I

ACT Score Placement

Subject Score Placement
English 0-17 Fundamentals of English (no college credit) or Placement Test
English 18-36 College English I
Reading 0-16 Reading Skills I (no college credit) or Placement Test
Reading 17-36 Adequate Reading Skills
Math 0-15 Fundamentals of Math (no college credit) or Placement Test
Math 16-18 Beginning Algebra or Placement Test
Math 19-21 Intermediate Algebra or Placement Test
Math 22-36 College Algebra or higher

Compass Score Placement

Subject Score Placement
Essay Writing 0-4 Fundamentals of English (no college credit)
Essay Writing 5-8 College English I
Writing Skills 0-73 Fundamentals of Math
Writing Skills   74-100   College English I
Reading 0-80 Reading Skills I (no college credit) or Placement Test
Reading  81-100  Adequate Reading Skills
Math (Pre-Algebra) 0-43 Fundamentals of Math (no college credit)
Math (Pre-Algebra) 44-100 Beginning Algebra
Math (Algebra) 0-25 Fundamentals of Math (no college credit)
Math (Algebra) 26-40 Beginning Algebra
Math (Algebra) 41-60 Intermediate Algebra
Math (Algebra) 61-100 College Algebra or higher

Asset Score Placement

Subject Score Placement
Writing 23-38 Complete a writing sample
Writing 39-54 College English I
Writing Sample N/A Graded and recommendation given by faculty
Reading 23-39 Reading Skills I (no college credit)
Reading 40-54 Adequate Reading Skills
Numerical Skills 23-39 Fundamentals of Math (no college credit)
Numerical Skills 40-53 Beginning Algebra
Elementary Algebra 23-29 Take Asset Numerical Skills Test
Elementary Algebra 30-35 Beginning Algebra
Elementary Algebra 36-45 Intermediate Algebra
Elementary Algebra 46-55 College Algebra or higher


Highland Community College Technical Center

Work Keys Informational Guide

Work Keys is a national system for teaching and assessing workplace skills that connects knowing with doing and learning with earning. Work Keys is a national system enabling education and business to work together to strengthen achievement of workplace skills. For additional information about the Work Keys assessment system, please visit www.act.org.

All potential students seeking admission to Highland Community College Technical Center will be tested using the Work Keys Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics assessments.

Potential students are reminded that this is not a pass/fail test and that they are not competing against anyone. Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics scores are reported on a scale from 3 to 7; Level 3 is the least complex and Level 7 is most complex. Level 3 is established at the point where a business would begin to show interest in assessing individuals.

Reading for Information

33 multiple-choice questions that increase in difficulty. Test time is 55 minutes.

Applied Mathematics

33 multiple-choice questions that increase in difficulty. Test time is 55 minutes. Students can bring their own calculator or a calculator will be provided to use when taking the Applied Mathematics assessment.

Potential students need to inform testing staff when making their assessment appointment if they are/were ever on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or considered for Special Educational Services while attending K-12. These students will be given special time consideration.

Work Keys Placement

Program Math Level Reading Level
Accounting Specialist 4 4
Administrative Assistant 4 4
Auto Collision Repair 4 4
Automotive Technology 5 5
Building Trades 4 4
Computer Aided Drafting 5 5
Computer Support Technology 5 5
Diesel Technology 5 5
Electrical Technology 5 5
HVAC 5 4
Industrial Welding Technology 4 4
Medical Office Assistant 4 5
Practical Nursing 5 6

 

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