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Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Iowa Lakes Community College requires assessment scores for all students.  These assessments place students into appropriate academic courses.

ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER assessment scores may be used for the areas of writing, reading and mathematics.  ACT science scores may also be used for certain programs. 

*Assessments must have been taken within two-years of registration in order to qualify.  (Exception for this is ACT scores for nursing programs.)

All Iowa Lakes Success/Advising Centers administer the ACCUPLACER assessment.  ACCUPLACER is a comprehensive battery of tests designed to provide information about a student’s English, reading and mathematics skills.  Tests are delivered over the Internet and are used extensively by many high schools and colleges.  These tests are untimed.  

Current and accepted students may take the ACCUPLACER exam free of charge (one time) on any Iowa Lakes campus.  Students may test in the areas of reading, writing (sentence skills only) and mathematics.  ESL (English as a second language) versions of this exam are also available.

Test results are received immediately after completing each section of the exam.  The score report will contain a placement message, which informs the student what courses he or she is eligible to enroll in.     

If a student chooses to re-test in any of the three areas, a $10 re-test fee is required before testing (fee is required for each individual test).  It is highly recommended that students do preparatory work before re-testing.  Please speak with a Success/Advising Center instructor about any online, free options that may be available to do this. 

Students with an approved accommodation plan may request accommodations for the ACCUPLACER assessment.  These can include a reader for the exams, Braille exams and larger print exams.

*Please visit for more information and for study resources.

*Click on the link below to view ACCUPLACER sample questions for students.


Summary of associated fees

Description of fee Fee amount
ACCUPLACER exam for current or accepted students (first attempt in all three categories) FREE
Re-test in any of the three categories $10 per test
Request for scores to be sent to another institution $15
ACCUPLACER exam for non-Iowa Lakes students $40 (includes cost of sending scores)
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