Changes during COVID-19 pandemic: 

During this semester we will continue to serve students remotely. Placement testing will not be on campus. We are here to support you through this step in the enrollment process.

Placement testing is required of all new students who are not eligible for a Placement Test waiver or received college credit for prior college courses. Testing provides course placements in reading, English, math or English for Academic Purposes (EAP/ESL) to meet major goal area requirements and course pre-requisites with the intent to provide academic student success at NHCC.

  • New, PSEO & Transfer Students

    1. Apply to NHCC if you have not already done so. Your student ID will be required to schedule an appointment.

    2. Determine if you are eligible for a Placement Test Waiver.

    3. Schedule a test appointment online, but check your computer technology first.

    • Do you have a desktop, laptop computer, Chromebook or Tablet?
      Can you verify that you meet the computer technical requirements for the ACCUPLACER program? Know that a “Failed” message can be fixed in your computer system preferences. If you answered Yes to the above, choose the testing option of Taking the Accuplacer test with Zoom.
    • Do you have a desktop or laptop computer with a web camera and microphone?
      Have you verified that you meet the ACCUPLACER technical requirements? Would you like to test outside of our normal testing hours? Choose the test option of Accuplacer with Examity. Note: Examity does not accept testing on Chromebooks or Tablets.
    • Technology is not an accessible option. Choose the Alternative testing option and a staff member will contact you.
    • Now you’re ready to schedule a test appointment online with RegisterBlast.
      Need support? Email: testingcenter@nhcc.edu or Phone: 763-424-0928

    4. Prepare for the Placement Test with the ACCUPLACER, ACCUPLACER ESL and Math study packets. This test is not timed; however, we suggest allowing up to 2 hours.

    5. Upon completion of testing, Post-Assessment advising will be available to explain the test results and your next steps to course registration.

  • Returning Students

    1. Scores Expired? Reading and writing test scores are valid for five years, ESL test scores are valid for three years, and Math test scores are valid for two years. Returning NHCC students may be required to take a placement test if test scores have expired or if required as a course prerequisite.

    2. Retesting with valid scores on file? NHCC policy allows one retest per semester. Contact the Testing Center before scheduling an appointment. Email: testingcenter@nhcc.edu or Phone: 763-424-0928.

    3. Schedule a test appointment online, but check your computer technology first.

    • Do you have a desktop, laptop computer, Chromebook or Tablet?
      Can you verify that you meet the computer technical requirements for the ACCUPLACER program? Know that a “Failed” message can be fixed in your computer system preferences. If you answered Yes to the above, choose the testing option of Taking the Accuplacer test with Zoom.
    • Do you have a desktop or laptop computer with a web camera and microphone?
      Have you verified that you meet the ACCUPLACER technical requirements? Would you like to test outside of our normal testing hours? Choose the test option of Accuplacer with Examity. Note: Examity does not accept testing on Chromebooks or Tablets.
    • Technology is not an accessible option. Choose the Alternative testing option and a staff member will contact you.
    • Now you’re ready to schedule a test appointment online with RegisterBlast.
      Need support? Email: testingcenter@nhcc.edu or Phone: 763-424-0928

    4. Prepare for the Placement Test with the ACCUPLACER, ACCUPLACER ESL and Math study packets. This test is not timed; however, we suggest allowing up to 2 hours.

    5. Upon completion of testing, Post-Assessment advising will be available to explain the test results and your next steps to course registration.