Testing Center

The Testing Center is committed to providing excellent customer service to our students, faculty and community, while ensuring the integrity of testing in a secure environment. Whether you’re aiming to further your education, enter the workforce, or advance your present career.

The Testing Center administers two types of tests: placement tests for incoming freshmen, and exit tests from students completing remediation or workshops. Through the following links, you will be able to access more information on the tests that we provide. You can find sample test questions and test scoring rules.

A HCC photo ID or valid government-issued ID (driver's license or state identification card) is required for all testing – No Exceptions.

*OFFICE HOURS
Monday
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

*Hours may change if testing is being conducted.

Entering Freshmen

Results of CUNY and Hostos assessment tests are used to determine placement into the appropriate level of classes in reading, writing, English as a Second Language (ESL), mathematics, Spanish, or foreign language.

Students who are placed in remedial or developmental courses will have an opportunity to retake the CUNY assessment test(s) after successfully completing those courses. Students should consult with an academic advisor or counselor to ensure that they meet the progress requirements of specific majors.

Transfer Students

Students who are transferring from a college outside of CUNY may need to take some or all of the placement tests.

Students transferring from another CUNY college must have their skills test results transmitted to the Testing Center through the University’s UAPC system. CUNY regulations prohibit the acceptance of assessment test scores in the form of paper transcripts or similar records. Students whose testing records are incomplete in the UAPC system must contact the CUNY college from which they are transferring to have their test records updated in UAPC. To avoid delays, this should be done well in advance of registration. Transfer students from other CUNY colleges should also be aware that passing a remedial or developmental course in another college is not the same as passing the associated CUNY assessment tests.

Students who are re-admitting to CUNY after a period of non-enrollment may retake their CUNY assessment tests, if those tests not passed were taken at least three years prior to the term of re-admission. Placements will be updated based on the most current test scores provided.

Students transferring from colleges outside of CUNY must take the reading, writing, and mathematics skills assessment tests, unless they have an exemption.

Exemptions from Testing


Reading and Writing
You can demonstrate the necessary skill levels in reading and writing by meeting any of these criteria:

  • SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or higher
  • ACT English score of 20 or higher
  • N.Y. State English Regents score of 75 or higher

Mathematics
Students are considered proficient in mathematics if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • N.Y. State Regents:
    • Score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2/Trigonometry AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course.
  • Score of 75 or higher in one of the following:
    • Math A or Math B
    • Sequential II or Sequential III
  • CUNY Assessment Tests:
    • Numerical skills/pre-algebra (Math 1) score of 45 or higher (passing M1)
    • Algebra (Math 2) score of 40 or higher (passing M2)

Students' need for mathematics remediation is based on results of the first two sections of the test: numerical skills/pre-algebra and algebra. All students will begin the test in algebra, and based on the performance in this section, will be routed downward into numerical skills/ pre-algebra, or upward into college algebra.

The test covers progressively advanced topics with placement into more advanced mathematics or mathematics-related courses based on results of the last three sections of the test. Minimum scores for entrance into these courses are set by the individual colleges based on their requirements and curricula.

All incoming freshmen who, based on their math SAT or Regents scores, have met the math college readiness/proficiency requirement will still be required to take the Math 3 test for placement into advanced mathematics. Math 3 is comprised of algebra, college algebra and trigonometry.

For freshmen students entering in Fall 2010 or later, there are new regulations governing the Regents exemption in Mathematics. These new regulations are related to the phase in of the new Regents sequence in Mathematics. Consult the CUNY Testing website for the details on these new regulations: www.cuny.edu/testing.

However, students entering with an exemption in mathematics must still take the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics for placement purposes, only, to ensure appropriate placement into mathematics courses.

Transfer students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college may also be exempt from testing. Determination of this exemption is made by the CUNY Office of Admissions Services. Students with the bachelor’s degree exemption will still be tested in mathematics for placement purposes. Students whose degree is from an institution in which the language was other than English may also be tested in reading and writing for placement purposes. 

Transfer students who have taken a college-level course in English or mathematics and earned a grade of C or better may be exempted from the relevant CUNY assessment test. (Note: English courses in which English was taught as a foreign language are NOT eligible for this exemption.) Students exempted in mathematics will be tested in mathematics for placement purposes, only. In addition, if the language of instruction at the previous college was not English, the student may also be tested in reading and writing for placement purposes.

All exemptions from testing MUST be requested at the time the student applies for admission to Hostos Community College, either as an entering freshman or as a transfer student. Requests for exemptions at a later date will not be honored. Students should discuss all requests for testing exemptions with an admissions counselor when they apply to the college.

As progress in certain career programs is measured by scores on the skills assessment test, it may be advisable for students who are exempt from testing to take the tests to determine the appropriate course sequences for them.

For more information contact the Testing Office at (718) 319-7921, or visit the office in Room B-207.