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Why Placement Testing?

Placement testing is required for new students at LLCC in order to enhance the opportunity for student success. Placement testing helps determine the appropriate starting point for students in the areas of mathematics, English, and reading. As a result of appropriate placement, students will have a better chance of successfully completing their courses and, consequently, finishing their degree or certificate.

Placement Testing Facts

  • LLCC utilizes Accuplacer for placement testing.
  • There are six possible components to the test: reading, sentence skills, a written essay, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college level math.
  • A student can expect to spend an average of 30 minutes on each portion of the test. However, the placement tests are not timed. It is common for a student to spend 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete the entire assessment.
  • Placement testing is offered at the main campus as well as the Educational Service Areas in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield,  and Taylorville.
  • All testers ARE REQUIRED to present valid identification, such as a state drivers license, that contains a current picture.
  • There is no charge to students for this service.
  • The testing center on the main campus is an open lab. Therefore, you do not need an appointment to test. Testing is done on a continuous basis.
  • LLCC utilizes computer-based testing, so your scores are available immediately upon completion of the tests.
  • You may not use a calculator or dictionary on the assessment.
  • Assessment scores are valid for two years.
  • Students are permitted to retest once with permission from an academic advisor or appropriate department chair (after a 24-hour waiting period).
  • Students wishing to retest must obtain written permission from an authorized individual in advising and counseling or the appropriate department chair.

Who Needs to be Assessed?

All students new to LLCC must be assessed unless they meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Hold a degree at the bachelor's level or above
  2. Have achieved grades of a C or better in a college-level English  course (ENG 101 , its equivalent, or above) and a college-level mathematics course (MAT 104, its equivalent, or above) from any accredited college or university
  3. Have earned an ACT score of 22 or better in English, reading, and mathematics and/or SAT scores of 480 or better in the verbal or math sections

How Can I Prepare for the Placement Test?

You are strongly encouraged to do some preparation before taking the placement test. This is particularly important if you have not taken a math course within the past year. The following links have study guides or materials that may be helpful in your preparation.



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