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Placement Test

To ensure academic success, new students at Itasca are required to take a placement test. The College Board Placement Test, Accuplacer, assesses skill levels in English composition, mathematics and reading. Test results are used to determine the appropriate course placement. Placement tests are offered on a regular basis throughout the year and the first set of tests are free.

A student who meets one of the following criteria and can provide documentation may be exempt from taking the assessment:

  • The student has a college degree.
  • The student has passed college level math and/or English classes with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • The student has been assessed within the last three years.
  • On the ACT test, students who have a English sub-score of 18 or a reading sub-score of 21 are exempt from taking the English and reading test and are ready for college-level English and reading classes. An ACT sub-score in Math of 22 means the student is ready to enroll in college algebra, statistics or contemporary math.

If you want to take the placement test at Itasca, please review the Placement Test Schedule and make an appointment online. If you have a disability or a temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, please contact Disability Services at 218-322-2433 V/TTY.

You may wish to prepare for the placement test by reviewing the following sample questions and study materials:


Placement results do not determine admission to Itasca, however they do determine course placement.  If your scores indicate pre-college level placements you must enroll and complete the required courses with a C- or higher before you can continue to the next course in the sequence i.e. English 91 - Fundamentals of Written English to English 1101 - Composition I.   If your scores are below the lowest level of developmental coursework, you may be referred to Adult Basic Education (ABE) .

You are expected to complete all courses numbered below 1000 prior to the completion of 30 credits.

If you are not satisfied with your placement results, you may retest once per subject area. A $10 retest fee will be charged. Retest options apply only to initial course placements. Once you have begun any course in English composition or math, you may not use the retest option to attempt to change your placement. To appeal initial course placement, contact a counselor or advisor.

Course enrollment may be canceled if you do not follow the placement test requirement. Course refunds may not be issued for inappropriate registration.

GED Test ImageGeneral Educational Development (GED)

Itasca Community College is an official General Educational Development (GED) testing center. The tests are high school equivalency examinations, which are designed for persons at least 19  years of age who are not Currently enrolled in high school.  Age waivers are required for anyone under 19 years of age.  Components of the test include English usage, essay writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. To register go to www.myged.com. Contact Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390 if you have questions.

External Studies

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for students who are in external study programs. There is a $10 proctor fee per test for non-MnSCU testers. Persons wishing to schedule a test may contact Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390. 

MTLE Testing

Itasca Community College is an official site for MTLE testing. MTLE tests are administered at least once per month. You can register for these tests directly at www.mtle.nesinc.com.

A passing score on the ACT Plus Writing exam may also be submitted to meet the requirements for a “skill in reading, writing, and math”.

ACT Plus Writing

Composite Score ≥ 22 AND Combined English/Writing ≥ 21

  • Scores presented for the purpose of licensing must be the result of exams taken within the last 10 years.
  • The ACT Plus Writing must be taken as a complete exam. Those who have previously taken the standard version of the ACT must take the new ACT Plus Writing in its entirety, should they choose this option. 

ACT Testing

Itasca Community College is an official site for ACT testing. ACT tests take place on various Saturdays throughout the academic year. To register for the test, contact ACT directly at www.act.org.

ACT Compass (Remote Testing Only)

Later this year, ACT will stop offering the Compass test. The last day to test for Compass is November 30, 2016.

ICC is a remote testing site for the ACT Compass test. ACT Compass is a computer-adaptive college placement test that lets educators:

  • Evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language
  • Place students in appropriate courses
  • Connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success

Tests are proctored by appointment only. For information on the content of the test, visit the www.act.org/compass.

Contact Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390 with questions.


Students must register online at www.atitesting.com.  You must create an ATI student account where you will be prompted to pay for and schedule a date for your exam. (NOTE: The testing fee has increased to $71.00). Be sure to write down your login credentials and bring them with you on test day. The TEAS test measures your knowledge and skills in the areas of science, math, language and reading. Study materials are available online from ATI Testing. For additional questions, contact Elizabeth Gillman 218.322.2390.

TEAS Testing Dates

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, April 15, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, June 17, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, July 15, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, August 12, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm







Comira LogoComira Testing

Itasca Community College is an official testing center for Comira. Comira offers computer based exams for a wide variety of organizations. For a full list of organizations with tests available, and to register for tests, please visit the Comira Website. Persons interested in more information can call Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390.

Make Up Tests

Students who need to make up a test can do so during regular Testing Center hours.  It is the student's responsibility to contact their instructor and have the test sent down to the Testing Center.  There are sign up sheets outside the Testing Center door for students who are interested in taking a test. 


Monday and Wednesday

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Elizabeth Gillman

Please call or stop in to make an appointment. Walk-in testing is not always available.