Placement Score Requirements

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. HCC will also consider an unweighted high school or GED GPA as placement. Students who have no placement, or outdated placement, will be given a ACCUPLACER assessment test prior to enrolling in math, English, or reading courses. 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 and scheduling offered across HCC's Northeast Kansas Region.

HCC Placement Score Chart

*Chart shows each type of placement we accept and the scores for each math, English, and reading courses. 



Highland Community College Technical Center

WorkKeys Informational Guide

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

All potential students seeking admission to Highland Community College Technical Center will be tested using the WorkKeys Workplace Documents and Applied Math assessments.  Minimum scores are required for each program.  Call to schedule your tests at (785) 442-6210.  Each tester will need to set up a WorkKeys account prior to testing.    

Potential students are reminded that this is not a pass/fail test and that they are not competing against anyone. WorkKeys 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.

Workplace Documents

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

Applied Math

34 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  
  Auto Collision & Refinishing 4 4  
  Automotive Technology 5 5  
  Business Technology 4 4  
  Computer Support Specialist 5 5  
  Construction Technology 4 4  
  Diesel Technology 5 5  
  Early Childhood 4 4  
  Electrical Technology 5 5  
  Engineering Graphics 5 5  
  HVAC 5 5  
  Medical Assistant 4 5  
  Practical Nursing 5 6  
  Precision Agriculture 5 5  
  Welding Technology 4 4  

These are the scores students must have prior to graduating.  Applicants must meet program minimum standards prior to program acceptance (minimum standard is one level below the graduation requirement).  


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