Exemption / Waiver Criteria

You may be eligible for a college placement exemption/waiver!

HCCC uses multiple measures to place you directly into college-level courses without testing.

If you meet any of the criteria below, please send documentation to admissions@hccc.edu.

Transfer students who completed English composition or math courses with a minimum C grade at another college/university can send their transcript(s) to transferevaluations@hccc.edu.

English Exemption

Review our full criteria below:

You graduated within the past 5 years from a high school in the United States, with an overall High School GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet the following criteria: 

  • Complete 4 years of high school of in the U.S.
  • Minimum of 3 years of College Prep English with grades of C or higher. 
  • Submit final Junior or Senior year transcripts.

You took the SAT exam within the past 5 years and scored a 450 or higher on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section.

You took the ACT exam within the past 5 years and scored a 21 or higher on the English/Reading section.

You took the AP exam within the past 5 years and scored a 3 or higher on the English Language and Composition Exam.

You may be eligible for partial or full exemption if you took the TOEFL within the past 2 years and scored the following:

  • Reading: 22-30
  • Listening: 22-30
  • Speaking: 26-30
  • Writing: 24-30

You took the GED exam within the past 5 years and scored a 165 or higher on the Language Arts Exam.

You took the HiSET exam within the past 5 years.

  • Reading: 15
  • Writing: 15
  • Essay: 4

You took the TASC exam within the past 5 years.

  • Reading: 580
  • Writing: 560
  • Essay: 6

You completed the Accuplacer placement test at another college/university within the past 2 years.

  • Writeplacer: 6+
  • Next-Generation Reading: 255+

Math Exemption

Review our full criteria below:

You graduated within the past 5 years from a high school in the United States, with an overall High School GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet the following criteria: 

  • Complete 4 years of high school of in the U.S.
  • Minimum of 3 years of College Prep Math with grades of C or higher.
  • Submit final Junior or Senior year transcripts. 

You took the SAT exam within the past 5 years and scored a 500 or higher on the math section.

You took the ACT exam within the past 5 years and scored a 21 or higher on the math section.

You took the GED exam within the past 5 years and scored a 165 or higher in Mathematical Reasoning.

You took the HiSET exam within the past 5 years and scored a 15 or higher on the math section.

You took the TASC exam within the past 5 years and scored a 500 or higher on the math section.

You completed the Accuplacer Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) and Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF). placement test at another college/university within the past 2 years. 

  • College-level Math (i.e. College Algebra, Statistics): QAS: 250+ AND AAF 200-249
  • Pre-Calculus: QAS 250+ AND AAF 250-275
  • Calculus: QAS 250+ AND AAF 275-300

Contact Information

Gabert Library
71 Sip Avenue - Lower Level
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4190
testing@hccc.edu