The ACCUPLACER is an approved test for entry into Southwestern’s LPN and ADN programs. All applicants for the program will need to meet or exceed the following minimum cut off scores for entrance into either program or provide documentation of an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Test scores will be good for three years from the date the test is taken.

ACCUPLACER Test Score

Reading Comprehension 80
Sentence Skills 86
Arithmetic 85 or
Elementary Algebra 43

Retake Policy

ACCUPLACER is administered free of charge the first time it is taken. Retakes are administered at a fee of $5.00 per individual test. Prospective nursing students will be allowed to retake the test in its entirety or retake individual components twice. There is no designated waiting period between test dates, but remediation between test dates is highly recommended.

If the prospective student is unsuccessful in obtaining the necessary scores needed to enter the program after taking the initial test and two retests, entrance into either the LPN or ADN programs will be denied.

An unsuccessful LPN candidate may be allowed to test an additional one time, if they successfully complete 18 college credit hours of pre-nursing (required general education courses) with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses. With 18 credit hours of pre-nursing courses, meeting the designated criteria, and adequate ACCUPLACER scores the prospective nursing student will be eligible for admittance into the LPN program provided other entrance criteria is met.

An unsuccessful ADN candidate may be allowed to test an additional one time, if they successfully complete the ADN general education courses (Microbiology and Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab) with a minimum grade of “C” in both courses. If adequate ACCUPLACER scores are reached, the prospective nursing student will be eligible for admittance into the ADN program provided other entrance criteria are met.

Once minimum cut off scores are obtained a candidate will be allowed to challenge his/her scores one time per year in each category to improve their admissions position.

Accommodations

Professional documentation that substantiates the need for requested accommodations must be received prior to testing.

Guidelines for Documentation:

  1. Documentation must be written by a professional.
  2. Documentation should state the disability or status as an entitled individual.
  3. Documentation should be current.
  4. Documentation should describe the presenting problems and applicable history.
  5. Documentation should describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability.
  6. Documentation should describe specific recommended accommodations.

For questions regarding accommodations contact Deb Pantini, Director of Student Development.

Telephone: 641-782-1458
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For sample ACCUPLACER questions or a free ACCUPLACER study app go to accuplacer.collegeboard.org.