Placement Testing

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Admissions Requirements

Upon enrollment, students who have not taken the ACT, SAT or have 12 or more college credits must take the Accuplacer assessment for admissions to GRCC.

Testing while campus is closed

The GRCC campus is currently closed.  If you need to take the Accuplacer assessment please email Jason Schueller to remotely take the test.  All students must apply to GRCC before they can test.  Email jschueller@grcc.edu for more information.

Test Information

Our placement tests are not pass or fail; the results are used to ensure you are enrolled in courses that match your skill level and subject knowledge. These assessments also help us identify any potential opportunities for you to bypass courses not required for your degree or transfer pathway.  Testing is done Monday through Friday in the Enrollment Center located on the first floor of RJF Hall (formerly the Main Building).  No RSVP is required, but please remember to bring a picture ID.  Testing starts at 8 a.m. and the last testing time starts at 3:30 p.m.  

Test Types

We provide three placement tests: ALEKS PPLAccuplacer and Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP), to determine your strengths and weaknesses in subjects including:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading comprehension

English Placement

If you have taken the SAT or ACT you will be placed into the following English course based on your test scores.  The scores for placement are below:

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ACT English and Reading Total Score

450 or higher = EN 101

31 or higher = EN 101

400-440 = EN 101 and IRW 99 (must be taken together)

  • Students in IRW 99/EN 101 may opt for IRW 98

26-30 = EN 101 and IRW 99 (must be taken together)

  • Students in IRW 99/EN 101 may opt for IRW 98

380-420 = IRW 98

24-28 = IRW 98

370 or lower = IRW 97

23 or lower = IRW 97

ALEKS Test

All students must take the ALEKS math assessment test prior to enrolling in a math course unless you have completed the corresponding prerequisite math course at another college or university within the last three years.  The assessment can be taken through your Online Center.

ALEKS, Accuplacer and LOEP Placement 

ALEKS Placement Scores

Course ALEKS Placement Score
MA 094 - Pre-Algebra Lab and co-requisite MA 097 Pre-Algebra 0–6
MA 097 - Pre-Algebra 7–13
MA 098 - Elementary Algebra or MA 99 Mathematical Literacy 14–29
MA 105 - Basic Geometry 30–45
MA 107 - Intermediate Algebra 30–45
MA 124 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students 30–45
MA 108 - Trigonometry 46–60
MA 110  - College Algebra 46–60
MA 127 - Finite Mathematics with Applications 46–60
MA 210 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1 46–60
MA 211 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 2 46–60
MA 215 - Statistics 46–60
MA 129 - Survey of Calculus 61–75
MA 131 - Precalculus 61–75
MA 133 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 76–100
MA 245 - Discrete Mathematical Structures 76–100

*MA 134, MA 255 and MA 257 do not have ALEKS Placement Scores. They only have course prerequisites. 

*MA 138 must be taken concurrently with MA 133.

Accuplacer Scores

Score Class Recommendation
0 Retake test or take LOEP
Writing 1-3 IRW 97
Writing 4 and Reading below 65/245  IRW 98
Writing 4 and Reading 65/245 or higher

IRW 99/EN 101 - must be taken together

  • Students in IRW99/EN101 may opt for IRW 98
Writing 5 and Reading below 65/245

IRW 99/EN 101 - must be taken together

  • Students in IRW99/EN101 may opt for IRW 98
Writing 5 and Reading 65/245 or higher EN 101
Writing 6-8 EN 101

LOEP Scores - Listening

Score Class Recommendation
Listening 56-67 ES 101
Listening 65-74 ES 102
Listening 75-80 ES 103
Listening 81-90 ES 104
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.

LOEP Scores - Reading

Score Class Recommendation
Reading 56-77 ES 121
Reading 78-86 ES 122
Reading 87-93 ES 123
Reading 94-105 ES 124
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.

LOEP Scores - Writing/Grammar

Writing Grammar Class Recommendation
Writeplacer  1-2  Language  Use 56-72 ES 111
Writeplacer  2-3  Language Use 73-86 ES 112
Writeplacer  3-4  Language Use 87-97 ES 113
Writeplacer  4-5  Language Use 98-106 ES 114
Writeplacer 6 NA No Placement
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.

Schedule an Appointment

After you have reviewed which test you will need to take, schedule an appointment or drop in for testing at our Grand Rapids or Lakeshore Campus.