At Northeast Iowa Community College, students complete course placement prior to registering for classes. Course placement tests assess reading comprehension, writing skills and mathematics.
It is important you to prepare for the placement tests to get an accurate measure of academic skills. This ensures you are registered for classes that best match your skill level. The scores from placement assessments can also be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements for certain courses or in cases where an academic program may have a minimum placement score required for acceptance into that specific program.
Course placements scores provide skill-based information that, combined with a student’s academic background, goals and interests, are used by the College to determine appropriate course placement, course selection and academic planning. Enrolling in the right courses will help you achieve your educational goals faster.
Preparing for Course Placement
Students are encouraged to study for the course placement tests so the scores most accurately reflect academic skills. Placement tests cannot be "passed" or "failed." Preparation and review can help increase scores:
- Utilize study resources. Print materials are available at the College campuses or center locations, as well as online resources. Additional assistance is also available at one of the Learning and Writing Centers.
- Get plenty of rest and eat well before coming to take the course placement tests.
- Come prepared and relaxed. Keep in mind that placement is designed to help students succeed in courses.
- Allow plenty of time to complete testing without having to rush.
Students with a disability and requesting accommodations should contact Disability Services to make arrangements prior to the test.
Schedule a time
Course placement tests can take an average of two to three hours to complete. There is no time limit, and tests do not have to be taken all in one day. Course placement can be done at several College locations; hours may vary. For students who are unable to get to a College placement testing location, arrangements can be made to take the test at an approved, alternate site. Please contact the nearest location for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Please note: A valid form of photo identification is required for course placement testing.
Understanding Course Placement Scores
Placement scores determine placement in reading, writing and math courses in addition to satisfying specific program admission requirements. Academic advisors assist students with interpreting placement scores and appropriate course placement during their registration appointment. Results assist in determining course placement, based on individual ability in reading, writing and math courses, in addition to satisfying specific program admission requirements.
Students have the option to retake the assessment if they feel their initial score could be improved. Students are encouraged to utilize study resources, print materials are available at the College campuses or center locations, as well as online resources. Additional assistance is also available at one of the Learning and Writing Centers. Applicable retest fees may apply.