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Testing Requirements

Placement test scores demonstrate your readiness for college-level writing, reading, and math courses.  Your scores:

  • Determine your​ starting level in KCC courses.
  • Are required to register for an English or math course.

Can I use my ACT, SAT or GED scores?

To enroll in a college-level course, you either need to take the placement exam, provide specific GED, ACT or SAT sub-scores (taken within the last four years), or submit transcripts with college credit to be evaluated. The sub-scores to waive the KCC placement exam are:

​English: 20 Reading: 24​ ​
Reasoning through Language
Arts:165-200​ ​
​Reading: 22
​Math: 22 Math: 530​ Math: 165-200​
​Math: 25 for Calculus ​​The KCC math placement exam is required for Calculus​ ​


​             Bring a copy of your test scores and/or transcripts to your advising appointment
If you do not meet the testing requirements listed above, you will be asked to take the KCC placement tests. Please take these tests seriously and prepare beforehand.​

Testing questions, please click here: Placement form.


KCC uses ACCUPLACER for placement in reading and/or English courses. ACCUPLACER is offered at KCC's Riverfront Campus and South Extension Center. ACCUPLACER scores from other colleges may be accepted. Ask your academic advisor for more information. Preparation for ACCUPLACER ​increases your chance to bypass some coursework (saving time and money). 


KCC uses ALEKS for placement into math courses. Like ACCUPLACER, ALEKS is offered at KCC's Riverfront Campus and South Extension Center. ALEKS scores from other colleges may be accepted. Ask your academic advisor for more information. To take the ALEKS math placement test, you must complete the application to KCC and speak with a member of the Testing Services staff for log-in information. Phone 815-802-8531 or email for information.

Scores are available immediately after you complete the tests. Please take these tests seriously.

Check the Testing Center hours ahead of time.