Most courses at LCC have minimum skill level requirements in reading, writing, and/or math that must be met before a student can enroll in the class. Ways to establish placement levels
Submit documents: You may not need to take any tests! Placement levels may be established by submitting any of these documents: high school transcript, college transcript, SAT/ACT/AP/GED test scores.
- Review score requirements and all ways to receive placement levels without testing.
- Ready to submit? Upload documents with the online waiver form.
Placement testing: If you do not have sufficient documents (above) or they do not meet the requirements for placement levels, you may need to take placement tests. You may also use a placement test to establish a higher level.
Worried about testing? All tests are untimed so you can take your time and take breaks if you need to. Tests are not pass or fail. There are many resources to use to prepare for testing. It is important that you do your best!
Prepare for Placement Tests
LCC uses the Accuplacer placement tests. Placement testing is available on a walk-in basis at the Downtown Campus, West Campus and East Campus. An appointment is required at the Livingston County Center. A photo ID is required to test.
Placement test study resources
You are encouraged to use the review materials on the Accuplacer website to both refresh your knowledge and become familiar with the format of the questions.
Download free sample questions, take practice tests and explore learning tools.
Types of tests
- Reading: Accuplacer Reading, a multiple-choice test.
- Writing: Accuplacer WritePlacer, an essay.
- Math: Three potential tests, all multiple-choice. Review the one that reflects your
highest previously learned concepts, or is associated with the math course you plan to take. You will likely only take 1-2 of these.
- Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics - Math Levels 4 and 5, MATH 119, STATS 170, or MATH 119 or MATH 120 with a support course (098 or 099)
- Advanced Algebra and Functions - Math Levels 6 - 9 - MATH 120, MATH 126, STAT 215, MATH 141, MATH 151
- An Arithmetic test may be administered if you do not place on the QRAS test. Math Level 3 with any score resulting in a placement into NCMA 106.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English as a Second Language (ESL): Accuplacer ESL Reading, Language Use and Listening (not Sentence Meaning), all multiple-choice tests.
- Additional practice questions available online here.
Accommodations for placement testing
- Prior approval is not needed for placement testers who would like to work with a reader or use a quiet room. Students can schedule a quiet room by calling Testing Services at 517-267-5500.
- Students scheduling an appointment with a reader need to call Reader Services directly at 517-483-1225.
- Please notify Reader Services to cancel or reschedule a reader or scribe.
- Learn more about the Center for Student Access and accommodations for classes.
Non-LCC Testing Locations
If you are not in the Mid-Michigan area, you may be able to test at an Accuplacer test center near you. Once you’ve chosen a testing location, contact the testing center for next steps.
Testing is also available virtually for students who are not able to test at an LCC Campus. A $10 fee, personal computer (phones/tablets not allowed), Google Chrome browser, webcam/microphone, high-speed internet connection, and a private room are required. Your test session, screen, and testing area will be recorded and reviewed. Fill out the form here to request a virtual placement test.Accuplacer Cut Scores and Placement Requirements
After you establish placement levels
- New students are required to attend orientation before registering for classes. Learn more about orientation at lcc.edu/orientation.
- Check required placement levels and prerequisites for any LCC course
- Discuss your placement with an advisor to ensure you enroll in the correct courses. Learn more at lcc.edu/advising.