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 Placement Testing

What is the Test?

Required tests in reading, English, math, and basic computer skills. Currently the test consists of:
     ** a sentence skills test, and the possibility of a written essay
     ** a vocabulary and reading comprehension skills tests
     ** a math test (calculators can not be used on the math placement test)
     ** a basic computer skills inventory

You should take this test seriously because IVCC uses the results of this assessment to place you into your courses. Some students will be required to take developmental classes to improve their basic skills and prepare them for college level courses including English and math. Do your best to assure that you are properly placed. There is no charge the first time you test.

An appointment is REQUIRED for all Placement Testing.  A minimum of twenty-four hours is required for scheduling placement testing.

Who Must Take the Test?

 

All first-time, full-time students. Additionally, any student who wants to take a writing or math course.

When Can It Be Taken?

Placement Testing Hours:

Main Campus (Oglesby)

Tuesday   10 AM
Wednesday 10 AM and 4 PM
Thursday     4 PM

Ottawa Center

Tuesday   4:30 PM
Wednesday    9:30 AM

Thursday 1:00 pm  *Offered in fall and spring semester or  before the start of semester*

 

Please call 815/224-0542 to set up your placement testing appointment for either location.  

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Call the Assessment Center at (815) 224-0542 to schedule an appointment. An appointment is required to take the Placement Test. Please bring a photo ID with you, and arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled testing time. Testers arriving late will not be admitted to the testing session.

How Long is the Placement Test?

Students are tested in the subject areas of Reading, English, Math and Computer Skills. Each test (except for the essay) is not timed, so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You cannot leave a question blank or come back to it later to change your answer.  Most students spend approximately 2 to 3 hours in the Assessment Center testing.  However, because most of the testing is untimed, students are free to use as much time as needed.

What Do You Do Before and After the Test?

Before: 
1. Fill out an application.
2. Send the application and an official high school transcript to the Admissions Office.
3. Apply for Financial Aid/Scholarships.

After:
1. Meet with a counselor.
2. Register for classes.
3. Pay tuition and fees.
4. Attend the Preview: an introduction to the staff, layout, classes, and activities of IVCC.

How Long Are Placement Results Valid?

Placement results from IVCC, ACT, or any other college, are not valid after a 2 year period, unless a student has successfully completed coursework in the particular subject.

What are the tests like? 

IVCC uses ACCUPLACER, a computerized placement test from the College Board. You will take the test using a computer and use a mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. All questions (with the exception of the essay) are multiple choice. A Test Administrator will be available should you have any problems.

ACCUPLACER tests are computer-adaptive. "Computer-Adaptive" means that your performance on one test question will determine the difficulty level of the next questions. Therefore, you must answer every question when it is first given. Your final score on each test is determined by how many questions you answered correctly, and the difficulty level of the questions you answered correctly.

What do my test scores mean?

Scores are available as soon as you have completed the test. The results of the test are used to place you into your first English, reading and math classes.

Can the Test be Retaken?

Each of the subject areas can be retaken twice in a 12 month period for a fee. Please contact the Assessment Center for more information on retesting. Fees must be paid using cash or check. No credit/debit cards are accepted.

Placement Test Retest Fees
Subject Area Fee
Reading

$10.00

English $15.00
Math $10.00
Full Retest $35.00

I took the ACT - Do I still have to take the IVCC Placement Test?

IVCC will accept ACT scores that are submitted to the admissions office directly from ACT or on an official High School Transcript. 

 

ACT Scores
English ACT sub-score of 21 or higher English Comp I (ENG 1001)
Written Communication Skills for Business (ENG 1205)
Reading ACT sub-score of 21 or higher Reading Requirement is Waived
Math ACT sub-score of 22 or higher

Math for Liberal Arts (MTH 1000)
 Statistics (MTH 1008)   

Math ACT sub-score of 24 or higher

Math for Liberal Arts (MTH 1000)
Statistics (MTH 1008)

College Algebra (MTH 1003)
Trigonometry (MTH 1004)
Structure of Number Systems I or II (MTH 1009 or MTH 1010)
Dimensions of Mathematical Understanding (MTH 1011)

Math ACT sub-score of 26 or higher

Math for Liberal Arts (MTH 1000)
Statistics (MTH 1008)

College Algebra (MTH 1003)
Trigonometry (MTH 1004)
Structure of Number Systems I or II (MTH 1009 or MTH 1010)
Dimensions of Mathematical Understanding (MTH 1011)
Precalculus (MTH 1005)

****Students that are unsure what math may be appropriate for their career choice, and students interested in taking Finite Math (MTH 1006), Business Calculus (MTH 1007) or Calculus (MTH 2000) should take the math placement test, regardless of math ACT score. 
IVCC counselors will look at ACT and IVCC placement test scores and work with each individual student in selecting the appropriate courses.

****Students exempt from placement tests due to ACT scores are still required to take the Basic Computer Skills Inventory.

***** ACT scores are valid for for a two year period. Students with ACT scores over two years old will need to take the IVCC Placement tests.

****** ACT scores can be sent directly to the IVCC Admissions Office at 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348.

Need a Little Practice Before the Test?

ACCUPLACER has recently launched The Official ACCUPLACER Study App, offered exclusively through Apple's iTunes Store.  The cost of the app is $2.99 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The app features interactive practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills.

Another helpful printable review is found at www.accuplacer.org .  Click on the "Information for Students Link".   The page will guide you to Resources option found on the right hand side of the webpage.   A printable PDF file is available for all subject areas. 

The following links have a list of suggested web sites that will assist you in refreshing your academic skills. For additional web sites and links to a large amount of ACCUPLACER practice tests, go to www.google.com and type 'ACCUPLACER practice' in the text box.

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What to expect from the ACCUPLACER Test

Reading Review

English Review

Math Review

Printable Review

Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to open the printable review. Once you click this link you will see links for a printable English review, a printable Reading review and printable review for each of the Math tests.  You can find out more about each subject test in the review above.

Printable Review

Basic Computer Skills Review