Isothermal Community College

Advising and Success Center

Placement Assessment Information

What is the placement assessment?

The placement assessment is a set of aptitude tests that determine your academic abilities in English and Mathematics.

Why do I have to take it?

Scores determine your level of ability in these two subject areas placing you in the proper course in the right order to help you achieve successful completion of your academic program.

Who must take the placement assessment?

All students entering into the curriculum program who will receive a diploma or a degree upon completion. Students who meet certain criteria may be exempt from the placement assessment. Learn about what is needed for exemption from taking the assessment here.

What is on the assessment?

There are two parts to the assessment. The English part includes 50 multiple choice questions assessing your reading and sentence editing skills. The English assessment also has a writing portion that requires you to write a 300 to 600-word essay. The second part assesses in six areas of mathematics and includes 72 multiple choice questions.

How long does it take?

The entire assessment consisting of both parts will take approximately 4 hours to complete although there is no time limit. Multiple choice portions of the assessment are not timed so the tester can take as long as they need on these questions. The essay portion is limited to 2 hours but individuals generally complete it under 1 hour.

Do I need to prepare for it?

It is recommended that you prepare. There are online study materials that provide sample questions to help you prepare for the test. If you are unable to access the online study materials, please stop by the Advising & Success Center to pick up a printed copy of sample test questions.

When do I take the assessment?

Assessment times are held on various dates and times to provide flexibility to fit into your schedule. Visit the placement assessment schedule page to see when testing is taking place. The entire assessment can be taken at one time or you can take parts t in multiple sessions. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 828-395-1436 or by coming to the Advising & Success Center.

Are there special services for individuals with disabilities?

Students who have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 828-395-1732 to schedule an assessment session.