Community College - Placement Testing
Students MUST meet all testing requirements before they can enroll in a course. This is required for online or on campus college classes.
ACT or Placement testing will be required for all Math / English courses: see course description for specific testing requirements.
Placement tests are tools used to identify your academic skills and a means to gather information regarding your background and educational needs and goals.
These three steps must be completed before placement testing:
- Student applies to Kirkwood;
- Student receives admission letter and K number in the mail. It will take several days to receive the letter in the mail; (Students without a K number cannot test.)
- With K number, student logs into the Kirkwood account, creating a password and setting up Kirkwood email.
Placement tests are offered for free+ to Kirkwood students for the purpose of attending Kirkwood. There are two placement tests taken on the computer – Accuplacer Classic for reading and writing and ALEKS for math. The Accuplacer tests are not timed. The ALEKS test has a limit of three hours and cannot be paused or stopped. Typically, though, most students spend an hour and a half to two hours to complete all three exams. No advanced computer skills are necessary, but students should know how to use a keyboard and navigate with a mouse. Also, these tests are designed to test students current knowledge for placement; no studying is needed.
IHCC students first two attempts free. A $20 fee applies for people attending a
school other than IHCC or para-professional certification. Students are only
allowed to complete the ACCUPLACER (CLASSIC) exam three times within a
calendar year with a minimum of two weeks between exams. ACCUPLACER
(CLASSIC) scores must have been completed two years prior to program start
ALEKS* Student must register online at https://aleks.com.
Call IHCC Testing Center for appointment. No Charge for IHCC Students.