Who must take ACCUPLACER?
- Any student enrolling full-time at Southwestern
- Any student enrolling for his/her seventh credit hour
- Any student enrolling for a math or English class
- All high school students
In lieu of the ACCUPLACER, Southwestern will accept an ACT composite score of 19 or above, or an SAT score of 1350 or above if test was taken before 10/1/2016 or a composite score of 990 if test was taken after 10/1/2016. These scores must be officially documented and on file with Southwestern's admissions office prior to registration. It is the student's responsibility to check with admissions and make sure his/her ACT or SAT score is on file with Southwestern.
Nursing students are required to take the ACCUPLACER exam or have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. If you are a prospective LPN or ADN student, please read the retake policy for important information regarding ACCUPLACER entrance requirements for nursing students.
What is the ACCUPLACER test?
The ACCUPLACER test at Southwestern Community College is comprised of a series of three placement tests developed by the CollegeBoard. The tests, which cover the areas of reading, writing and mathematics, are designed to help you identify your present strengths and needs so you can build a solid plan for success while you are a student at Southwestern. ACCUPLACER tests are computerized and untimed. An online calculator is available when permitted on the math portion of the test.
Is there a fee to take ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is administered free of charge the first time it is taken at Southwestern. Retakes are administered at a fee of $5 per individual portion of the test. A $10 fee and written request are required if you would like Southwestern to send a copy of your ACCUPLACER scores to another college.
What if I took ACCUPLACER at another college?
Southwestern will accept officially documented ACCUPLACER results taken within the past three years at another college, as long as you took all three portions: reading comprehension, sentence skills and mathematics. Contact the college where you took ACCUPLACER and ask them to send your results to:
Southwestern Community College
Attn: Assessment Center
1501 W. Townline St.
Creston, Iowa 50801
How can I study for ACCUPLACER?
When you come to test bring a photo ID, and a smile!