Schedule Placement Testing
You will need to have your IVCC ID number and K-number on hand. These can be found on the welcome e-mail or letter you received after you have applied to IVCC. Appointments (minimum of 24 hours to schedule) are required for placement testing. If you need assistance scheduling, please call (815) 224-0542. When you make an appointment, you will receive an e-mail with all the information you need to be ready for your placement testing. Make sure to read it!
IMPORTANT INFO: A photo ID is required for placement testing. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled testing time. Testers arriving late will not be admitted to test.
Placement testing, is just that... a test that places you into the appropriate coursework for you at IVCC. IVCC administers placement testing in the areas of Reading, English and Math. Placement testing is required for any course with one of the above subject pre-requisites. All first-time, full time students take placement testing. Placement testing should be taken seriously as your placement affects the amount of time and money you spend at IVCC and future institutions. If you have taken college coursework at another institution, or dual credit courses or even have high scores from High School Equivalency exams, it may exempt you from placement testing in certain or all subjects. If this pertains to you, make sure to meet with an IVCC counselor to discuss your options before scheduling placement testing.
IVCC uses ACCUPLACER®, a computerized placement test from the College Board. You will take the test using a computer and mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. All questions (with the exception of the essay) are multiple choice. ACCUPLACER tests are computer adaptive, which means that your performance on one test question will determine the difficulty level of the next questions. You receive one question at a time and cannot return to any previous questions. Your final score on each tests determined by how many questions you answered correctly. and the difficulty level of the questions you answered.
There is no fee for initial testing. 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 may be paid by cash, check (payable to IVCC) or debit/credit card.
Placement Test Retest Fees
Subject Area Fee
Full Retest $35.00
Students are testing in the areas of Reading, English and Math. Each subject area consists of about 20 multiple choice questions. The multiple choice areas are untimed, which students are encouraged to utilize to their advantage, but to also manage their time efficiently. In the English subject testing, there is a possibility of a timed essay. If you are taking all three areas, you should plan on about 2 1/2 hours for testing.
Placement testing is offered in both Oglesby and at the Ottawa Center on specific days and times. During certain times of the year, placement testing appointments can fill up fast!
Placement is offered in Oglesby:
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Placement is offered at the Ottawa Center
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Thursdays at 1:00 pm
- Fill out an IVCC application if you haven't done so already
- Send application and an official high transcript to IVCC Admission office. Make sure to also submit your valid ACT, SAT and/or PARCC scores!
- When you receive your welcome letter from IVCC, follow the information about scheduling your placement testing appointment.
- In the meantime, apply for Financial Aid and scholarships
After placement testing:
- Meet with an IVCC counselor
- Register for classes
- Pay tuition and fees
- Attend IVCC events that inform you about the resources and programs at IVCC
IVCC has developed course placements from multiple college entrance exams that determine if a student needs placement. IVCC will accept scores from ACT, SAT, and PARCC that are submitted to the IVCC admissions office directly from ACT, SAT or on an official high school transcript. These scores are used to either exempt from placement or to place students in a specific course. To best assist you, make certain scores and any completed dual credit coursework records have been submitted before scheduling your placement. Please direct questions to the Assessment Center, the IVCC Counseling office, or appropriate academic dean.
Students that are uncertain of what math they may be appropriate for their education or career choice or are interested in taking Finite Math (MTH 1006), Business Calculus (MTH 1007), or Calculus (MTH 2000)will need to take the placement test, regardless of Math ACT or SAT scores.
IVCC counselors will look at ACT, PARCC, SAT, IVCC placement test scores and any other transferred credits (other institutions, AP or IB) and will work with each individual student in selecting the appropriate courses.
The following SAT Scores will exempt a student from placement and will allow students to register for the following courses:
Evidence Based Reading/Writing (valid for three years) 480 ENG 1001 or 1205
Math (valid for two years) 530 MTH 1000, 1008, 1009, or 1010
580 MTH 1003 or MTH 1004
620 MTH 1005
The following ACT scores will exempt a student from placement and will allow students to register for the following courses:
English (valid for three years) 19 ENG 1001 or 1205
Math (valid for two years) 22 MTH 1000, 1008, 1009, or 1010
24 MTH 1003 or MTH 1004
26 MTH 1005
ACT English score of 19 now meets the prerequisite of Reading and English to be eligible for college English coursework at IVCC. If a student does not have a score of 19 in the ACT English category, they need to take both the Reading and English placement tests. If a student has an ACT Reading score of 21, they will only need to take the English placement test.
When you are done with placement testing, you will receive an automated report which provides you your actual scores from testing as well as the classes you have placed into and can register for. IVCC faculty have determined score ranges based on the test and knowledge a student should have to be in the appropriate IVCC classes.
Placement results from IVCC, ACT, SAT or any other college are not valid after a 2-3 year period (depending on the subject matter), unless a student has successfully completed coursework in the particular subject area.
ACCUPLACER has The Official ACCUPLACER Student app, a web-based app at no charge. The app features interactive practice tests in Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRS), and Advanced Algebra Functions (AAF), Reading and Writing (multiple choice).
Click on the "Information for Students" link. The page will guide you to the Resources option found on the right hand side of the webpage. A printable PDF file is available for all subject areas. IVCC Counseling office keeps the printable review packets on hand for you to pick up as well.