Testing Centers

Course Placement

Course placement testing is important as it provides skill-based information that, combined with a student’s academic background, goals and interests, is used by the College to determine appropriate course placement, course selection and educational planning. ACCUPLACER® is used to assess skills in reading and writing. ALEKS® is a math placement assessment to determine readiness for math courses. A Prep and Learning Module is available to review and learn material and to improve placement.

A fee of $20 is required for third and subsequent retests in reading and writing. Retests for math may be done up to five times within six months at no cost; a fee of $15 is required thereafter.

Complete and submit the placement score release form to have your ACCUPLACER® and ALEKS® scores sent to another college. Fees apply: $20 for ACCUPLACER® and $20 for ALEKS® score transfers.

Procedure for Placement Test Accommodations

NICC is committed to serving individuals with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the individual's diagnosis and needs. For placement test accommodations:

  • Apply for accommodations
  • Provide current documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator
  • Meet with Coordinator to set up individualized accommodations plan

Following placement tests, meet with your academic advisor to determine appropriate course selections.

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Testing

The HiSET (previously GED) test is a series of five tests that are a high school equivalency program recognized nation-wide and internationally. To test for your HSED, you must schedule an appointment. It is not possible to take all five tests at one time, so multiple appointments are necessary.

Students must be enrolled in an AEL program and attend classes to be eligible for testing. This requirement is mandated by the Department of Education under the Adult Education Program.

Professional Assessment

Professional assessments are computer-based professional licensure tests for specific career paths. Both the Dubuque Center and Town Clock Business Center partner with many assessment providers including PearsonVue, ACT and Prometric. The centers also provide assessment proctoring for students taking online classes with other educational institutions, for employees of companies offering skill/knowledge proficiency assessments and for assessments of job applicant skills through ACT’s WorkKeys system.

The Calmar testing center provides professional assessment for the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine and state journey person and master testing.

Other Testing

Keyboarding assessments are available by appointment, and accommodation testing is scheduled at the same time as the classes completing the test.

Times and Locations

Testing hours vary depending on the campus or center attended. Please contact the nearest NICC testing center in Calmar, Peosta or Dubuque to schedule your testing appointment. Please review the Testing Center Policy for more information.