Placement Testing & Assessment
Henderson Community College and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System requires students to have assessment and placement information before beginning college classes. This may be done by ACT scores, transfer credit, or TABE/KYOTE scores. These assessments are used to place students in appropriate classes in order to increase success in college.
The TABE and KYOTE assessments are computerized exams used to determine skill level
in reading and English (TABE) as well as mathematics (KYOTE). These assessments help
to determine at what academic level a student should begin post-high school work.
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
Please contact Pamela Buchanan at 270-831-9783 for your questions about assessment and placement tests. You may also fax student copies of placement test scores to 270-831-9612, though official ACT scores must be on file in the Admissions office.
TABE and KYOTE are computerized exams used to determine your skill level to place
students in appropriate classes.
The TABE assessment is used to determine your skill level in English and reading. The KYOTE assessment is used to determine your skill level in mathematics. The entire testing sequence will last approximately three hours.
Placement exams are by appointment only. Contact Pamela Buchanan, HCC Testing Coordinator, at 270-831-9783 for more information. You may also fax student copies of test scores to the coordinator at 270-831-9612, though official ACT scores will need to be on file in the Admissions Office.
KYOTE Practice Placement Exam
- Note: Testing Coordinator must give you access to the KYOTE site before you will be able to take practice exams
- Go to KYOTE.org
- Click on Student Login in upper left corner
- Enter your last name, email, and password given to you by an HCC Start Center advisor
TABE Practice Placement Exam
- Go to http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/exercises.php
- Click on any TABE Reading or TABE English practice test links
Free ACT Practice:
ACT Sample Tests:
Paid ACT Services/Resources:
ACT offers a paid service on the web.
Several books are available for purchase that also include practice CDs that can be used on home computers. Many titles can be checked out at the local libraries or purchased at any local bookstore or online. These books normally include real practice tests, lessons, strategies, and test taking tips. These might include:
- The Real ACT Prep Guide (This book is the official practice book published by ACT)
- Kaplan ACT Premier Program (w/CD-ROM)
- The ACT for Dummies
The KCTCS Computer Literacy Exam is available for interested, qualified students. KCTCS uses Certiport's IC³ exam to determine your computer literacy, which is one of the requirements necessary for a KCTCS diploma or degree.
The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³) provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. The Global Standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today's academic and business environments.
In an increasingly digital world, where virtually every field and function is impacted by computers, IC certification can help you refine your aptitude in the most important and valuable areas.
The IC³ exam consists of three tests in one package.
- Living Online covers skills for working in an Internet or networked environment.
- Key Applications covers popular word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications and the common features of all applications.
- Computing Fundamentals covers a foundational understanding of computing.
Vouchers for the exam can be purchased at the campus bookstore (Barnes and Nobles).
The cost of the vouchers for the full exam (for 3 credits) is $107.80 while the cost
for the Fast Track exam (digital literacy certification but no credit) is $20.60.
The entire exam takes approximately 3 hours to complete. The test will be given in
the Sullivan Technology Center (STC), room 218.
PLEASE NOTE: IC³ exam code should be purchased at least 48 hours prior to scheduled exam to allow time for testing code to be emailed to purchaser. Please see below for additional information.
Details and competencies of the Computer Literacy Exam can be found at: http://www.certiport.com/ic3.
To receive more information about the IC³ exam and to schedule an appointment, call (270) 831-9783.
The Testing Center is an authorized proctor for the KY Department of Insurance. We test on Mondays at 2 pm and 3 pm.
All applicants must have a scheduled appointment to sit for examination(s); walk-ins are not accepted.
You can only schedule an examination via obtaining an eServices account on http://insurance.ky.gov after the Department processes your application. If you have never registered for secure access, please click the "First time here" link under eServices. Applicant may not test more than three times within 120 days, including retakes for failures.
- Any applicant who fails to report for a scheduled appointment may forfeit the $50 fee for examination.
- Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time. If you fail to arrive by your scheduled test time, you may forfeit your placement at the testing site due to availability.
- Government-issued photo ID must be provided in order to take any exam.
- There is an examination fee of $50 for each scheduled retake of an examination.
- Any changes to exam appointments should be made 48 business hours prior to the scheduled time. Failure to give 48-hour notice of cancellation may result in the forfeiture of the $50 examination fee.
All examinations are computerized and graded upon completion. License certificates are printed and handed out at the Frankfort location only. Applicants who do not pass the examination may pay the $50 retake fee and reschedule another examination through eServices on the next business day.
To receive more information about the Kentucky Department of Insurance Exam, contact Pamela Buchanan at (270) 831-9783.
All new students required to take placement testing will be able to take the initial assessment at no charge. After initial testing is completed, students may choose to retest one additional time before the beginning of the semester.* Student will be charged a $10 fee to retake the TABE assessment. There is no charge for the KYOTE assessment. Students may schedule a second test by contacting the Testing Coordinator.
Students who maintain continuing enrollment status may retest once before each subsequent semester. Students will be charged a $10 fee to retake the TABE assessment. There is no charge for the KYOTE assessment.
Readmitted and Transfer Students
Readmitted and transfer students who are required to take an assessment exam to determine their placement will be able to take the initial assessment at no charge.
After the initial testing is completed, students may choose to retest one additional time before the beginning of the semester.*
Students will be charged a $10 fee to retake the TABE assessment. There is no charge for the KYOTE exam. Students may schedule a second test by contacting Pamela Buchanan, Testing Coordinator at 270-831-9783.
Readmitted and transfer students who are not required to take a placement exam may choose to test one time before the beginning of the semester.* Students will be charged a $10 fee to retake the TABE assessment. There is no charge for the KYOTE exam.
NOTE: Retests are subject to availability of testing times. Students should not expect to be able to retest immediately, as there may not be an opportunity to retest before the registration deadline for the current semester.
The testing center is available to proctor exams. This is free for all KCTCS classes. For non-KCTCS classes, a $25 fee will apply.
Contact Pamela Buchanan at 270-831-9783.