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.


The 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 ACCUPLACER placement testing:

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension test measures your ability to understand what you read, identify main ideas, make inferences, and distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

Sentence Skills

The Sentence Skills test measures your understanding of sentence structure—what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of a single sentence and others with the relationships between sentences.

WritePlacer® (Written Essay)

The WritePlacer® test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesn't affect your score. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

    • Focus: The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view.
    • Organization: The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas.
    • Development and Support: The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details.
    • Sentence Structure: The effectiveness of your sentence structure.
    • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics.

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.