Placement, Testing, & Developmental Education

Student Placement

IECC is committed to supporting student success in college by ensuring appropriate placement in reading/writing, mathematics, English, and English as a Second Language courses. Therefore, as part of the admissions process, IECC uses multiple measures to assess student placement in college-level and developmental courses. Prior to registration, initial placement levels for reading/writing, math, and English must be determined for all degree-seeking students. Additionally, all students are subject to placement level assessment prior to enrolling in an English or math course with a prerequisite requirement.   

The results of the following placement assessment measures will assist in determining college-readiness with the goal of enhancing the college experience and improving student outcomes.

  1. Review of nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc. (Testing must have been completed within the past 3 years.)

  2. Analysis of high school and/or college transcripts, considering coursework completed and grade point average; 

  3. On-Campus ACCUPLACER Testing. If standardized test scores or transcripts are not available or do not meet the course placement requirements, additional placement testing may be required. (See ACCUPLACER Testing Information below.)

  4. ACCUPLACER ESL testing of students for whom English is not their first language.*  This test consists of 4 multiple choice sections: Language Use, Listening, Reading, and Sentence Skills. Grading is based on a scale of 20 to 120 points. The results will determine whether the student will: 

  • begin academic course work;

  • begin a combination of academic courses and ESL classes; or

  • begin only ESL classes.


* Exemptions may be made to those who are fluent in English at the consent of the International Director (International Students) or College  Academic Advisor (Domestic Students).

ACCUPLACER Testing Information

The colleges administer ACCUPLACER for course placement and admission into select degree and certificate programs. ACCUPLACER is a placement test used to determine students' skill levels in reading, English, and math and assists in placing students in the appropriate courses. Additional ACCUPLACER information, free resources, and sample test questions are available at

There is no charge for the first test. For more information and/or to sign up to take ACCUPLACER, click on the college link below: 

Testing Information

Testing Information 

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Testing Information

Developmental Education

Developmental education focuses on aiding students in achieving their full potential on their journey to college completion. A significant key in this achievement is preparation. Developmental courses are designed to better prepare a student to succeed in college-level courses. The successful completion of developmental courses will bring basic skills in English, mathematics, and reading comprehension to a level generally expected of entering college students. Those seeking a degree or certificate (of 16 hours or more) are required to enroll in developmental courses when it’s been determined the additional coursework will be beneficial to their college success story.  

Developmental reading courses are a priority over other developmental courses and must be taken first. Placement in other developmental coursework will be based on the student’s program of study. Developmental courses need to be completed prior to, or concurrently with, enrollment in a college-level course in the same area of study.  

Credits earned in developmental courses cannot be applied toward a certificate or degree and are not calculated in the grade point average.