SWCC utilizes the  ACCUPLACER Next-Gen version. For a testing appointment or for more information, call 641.782.1320 or stop by the Assessment Center in room 215 of the Instructional Center. You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions. ACCUPLACER testing is also available at the Osceola Center, 641.342.3531 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the Red Oak Center, 712.623.2541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact the center directly to schedule a testing time.

How can I study for ACCUPLACER?

Sample questions for each subject are available on the ACCUPLACER Next-Gen web page.  A study app is also available: accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org. For additional information, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org.

When you come to test bring a photo ID, and a smile!

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 Next-Gen 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 Next-Gen tests are computerized and untimed. An online calculator is available when permitted on the math portion of the test.

Effective Jan. 7, 2019, SWCC began administering ACCUPLACER Next-Gen, however, SWCC will continue to accept ACCUPLACER Classic scores. All ACCUPLACER Classic test scores are good for three years from the test date.

Is there a fee to take ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER Next-Gen 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.

ACCUPLACER Transfer Form

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
Assessment Center
1501 W. Townline St.
Creston, Iowa 50801