Placement Testing

One of the first things you have to do after you've applied to SCC is provide standardized test scores.  If you haven't taken the ACT, you'll need to take our placement testing.

The placement testing schedule can be found here:  Placement Calendars.  When you are ready to schedule your test, please call (319) 313-1943 (Keokuk Campus) or (319) 208-5155 (West Burlington Campus) to make an appointment.

Here is some information you may find helpful about each of our placement tests:
Click here to download the Course Placement Chart.

ACCUPLACER (English)

The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER website has practice tests that help you prepare before you visit the Student Support Center for your testing needs.

Here is a brief description of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER placement testing:

Reading

Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker's ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

    • Information and Ideas
    • Rhetoric
    • Synthesis
    • Vocabulary

Writing

Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test-taker's ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

Expression of Ideas

    • Development
    • Organization
    • Effective Language Use

Standard English Conventions

    • Sentence Structure
    • Usage
    • Punctuation

ALEKS (Math)

Initially, there isn't a study guide available for the math portion of the placement testing.  We suggest that you go to Khan Academy (or any other math based instructional tool) in order to prepare for the placement testing in Math.  ALEKS does not allow you to use a calculator on some of the questions within the test, so brushing up on the proper formulas/processes is usually a good starting point.  With that said, after the first time that you take the ALEKS placement testing, there are learning modules available that you can utilize at home through the ALEKS website.

Brief Description of ALEKSAssessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.