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.
Testing is by appointment only:
Mount Pleasant Center (319) 385-8012 or West Burlington 319-208-5155
Photo ID and Social Security Number are REQUIRED for testing.
Calculators can be used for the Math section.
Please bring test results to Kelli in Student Services.
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.