Placement Tests

Placement Tests

Hood College offers placements in English composition, mathematics and global language to determine the starting course level for new students. These placements are not used to determine a student's admission to Hood, but instead are used to determine the level at which they should begin your academic work. 

Students will be unable to register for classes until they have taken the placements in each area or have provided the registrar’s office with documentation for an exemption, such as AP or IB credit or an official transcript showing equivalent coursework at the college level. 

Students must take all placements without assistance; the Hood Honor code applies.

If, based on a documented disability, a student needs accommodations for any of these placements, please contact accessibility services.

Click on each area below to learn more about each assessment and to complete the test(s).

Once the College receives your deposit, you will receive by letter and email your new Hood email and password; this is the same login for the Blackboard site needed to take the English composition placement test online. You will write an essay in response to one of two topics offered on the test. The response will be evaluated by English department faculty.

If you have completed a composition course with a grade of C- or higher at another accredited college or university, or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP language and composition test, you are exempt from taking the English placement test.

To start the English composition placement, log into Blackboard using your Hood username and password.

Students without an AP calculus score of a 4 or higher, or a college-level mathematics course with a grade of C- or higher from an accredited college, need to complete the math placement test. 

Students with transfer credit in math MAY need to complete the placement test, depending upon the specific credit-bearing mathematics course(s) transferred to Hood and the intended major. For assistance determining the need for math placement, contact Academic Services.

This placement consists of up to three separate tests, with each test unlocking the next level if the score is high enough. If the next level test does not appear after pressing the “grade” button, the placement process is finished.

  • Test one is 45 minutes long.
  • Test two is 40 minutes long.
  • Test three is 30 minutes long.

Calculators are permitted in all sections of the placement.

Access an algebra review to review problems similar to those found on the first two tests.

To start the math placement, you can log in with your Hood email username (For example, if your Hood email is, your math placement login username is just abc4); the password is “blazers1"

Hood College requires all students to study a foreign language— two semesters for all students, and proficiency at the intermediate level for honors program students. A placement test is not required if you intend to study a language that you have not studied before, or you have completed a college-level language course with a grade of C- orhigher at another accredited college.

The test can take up to 90 minutes, however, depending on level of mastery, actual testing time is usually significantly shorter.

The global language placement test is available online at the link below for French, German, and Spanish using the password HoodBlazers1

Global Language Placement Test