Placement Testing 


Visit www.registerblast.com/ivcc to schedule your placement appointment.  You will need to have your IVCC ID number and Knumber on hand.   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.


I took a college entrance exam (ACT, PARCC, SAT)-- Do I still have to take IVCC's Placement Test?

Placement Grid (PDF)


ACT -English
SAT - Evident Based Reading/Writing
(valid for 3 years)
19 480 ENG 1001 or 1205
ACT- Math
SAT- Math
(valid for 2 years)
22 530 MTH 1000, 1008, 1009 or 1010
  24 580 MTH 1003 or MTH 1004
  26 620 MTH 1005
ACT/SAT Placement

IVCC will accept scores from ACT, PARCC and SAT that are submitted to the admissions office directly from ACT or SAT or on an official high school transcript. Please direct questions to the appropriate academic dean, the Assessment Center or Counseling about using other college entrance exams for placement. 


IVCC accepts a PARCC score of a 4 or 5 as placement into College Level gateway courses (for example, ENG 1001 or MTH 1008).  Students receiving a score of 3 in Math will need to take the Accuplacer placement test.  PARCC scores are valid for 5 years.

****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 or SAT score. 
IVCC counselors will look at ACT, PARCC, SAT, and IVCC placement test scores and work with each individual student in selecting the appropriate courses.

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

What is the Test?

Required tests in reading, English,  and math. 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)

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        10AM
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 go to www.registerblast.com/ivcc or  call 815/224-0542 to set up your placement testing appointment for either location.  




How Long is the Placement Test?

Students are tested in the subject areas of Reading, English,  and Math. 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?

1. Fill out an application.
2. Send the application and an official high school transcript to the Admissions Office.  Make sure to also submit valid ACT, PARCC or SAT scores!
3. Apply for Financial Aid/Scholarships.

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 -3 year period (depending on subject matter) 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 may be paid by cash, check (payable to IVCC) or debit/credit card.

Placement Test Retest Fees
Subject Area Fee


English $15.00
Math $10.00
Full Retest $35.00

Need a Little Practice Before the Test?

 ACCUPLACER has recently launched The Official ACCUPLACER Study App a web-based app at no charge. The app features interactive practice tests in Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistic, and Advanced Algebra Functions, Reading, and Writing (multiple choice).

The app and 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