ACCUPLACER Assessment

The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER assessment is designed to identify your academic strengths and areas of need. Specifically, you will be assessed in the areas of reading, writing, and math to determine appropriate course placement as you begin your program at Hawkeye.

The ACCUPLACER assessment is:

  • Administered on a computer with easy to follow directions.
  • Adaptive to your skill level.
  • Not timed.

We recommend speaking with an advisor prior to and after taking the ACCUPLACER assessment to discuss your specific needs towards college credits. See the course recommendations.

Prepare for the ACCUPLACER with free practice tools, study guides, tutors, and resources.

On the day of testing, a Non-Expired Photo ID with your signature is required.

Cost

There is no cost to the student to take the ACCUPLACER the first time if you are testing for admission to Hawkeye Community College.

There is a cost to:

Testing Locations, Remote and Virtual Testing, and Scheduling

The ACCUPLACER assessment is given by appointment only. When planning your visit keep in mind that you must complete your assessment by closing time.

Each location manages their own assessment schedule. Please contact the location you are interested in taking the ACCUPLACER assessment at to inquire about scheduling.

Taking the ACCUPLACER Assessment on Main Campus

Testing Appointment: To schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER assessment, contact Evaluation and Testing.

On the day of testing:

  • Bring your non-expired photo identification to test
  • Check-in at the Make-Up Testing Center, Hawkeye Center 212

Taking the ACCUPLACER Assessment at the Independence Center

Testing Appointment: To schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER assessment, contact the Independence Center.

On the day of testing:

Taking the ACCUPLACER Assessment at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center

Testing Appointment: Making an appointment is preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER assessment, contact the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center.

On the day of testing:

Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center Regular Testing Hours

Monday 9:00am–4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am–8:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am–4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am–8:30pm
Friday By appointment

If Hawkeye Community College is closed, the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center Assessment Center is also closed. This includes weather related closings. See the Academic Calendar for scheduled college closings.

Taking the ACCUPLACER Assessment at the Western Outreach Center

Testing Appointment: To schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER assessment, contact the Western Outreach Center.

On the day of testing:

In Person Remote testing for ACCUPLACER

If you are interested in studying at Hawkeye, but would like to take the ACCUPLACER closer to your home, please contact the Evaluation and Testing office and we will help identify if there is a location closer to your home you can take the test remotely. If there is, we can create a remote testing voucher for you and walk you through the process to use that voucher.

Be aware the site you choose to test at will likely charge you a proctoring fee.

Virtual Testing

You also can choose to take the ACCUPLACER assessment virtually when it is most convenient for you via an online proctoring service.

Examity Proctoring

Examity offers an online proctoring service for you to take the ACCUPLACER assessment 24/7/365.

Examity proctoring fee: $25

Proctortrack Proctoring

Proctortrack offers both live and recorded proctoring services. Proctortrack's live proctoring is available at set times four times a day.

Proctortrack proctoring fee:

  • Live proctoring: $15
  • Recorded proctoring: $8

Virtual Testing Voucher

To get started request a Virtual Testing Voucher.

Once the voucher is created you will receive an email from the proctoring service with instructions on how to proceed.

Proctoring fees are paid directly to the proctoring service. Hawkeye Community College cannot take the proctoring payment. Instructions on how to pay will be in your voucher email. If someone other than yourself will be paying the proctoring fee, please provide them with your voucher number and they will need to call the proctoring service to pay.

Retesting

If you are retesting, there is also a retest fee per section paid to the Hawkeye Business Office. Retesting fees need to be paid before a voucher can be created.

Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

There are several ways you can prepare for the ACCUPLACER assessment:

  • Practice for ACCUPLACER with free practice tools and resources to help you prepare to succeed on each of the ACCUPLACER tests.

  • Preparatory Academic Lab (PAL) tutors are available to help you prepare to take or retake the ACCUPLACER assessment.

    ACCUPLACER PAL Tutor Schedule — Fall 2022
    Monday 8:00–9:00am
    11:00am–3:30pm
    4:00–5:30pm

    Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127

    Tuesday 8:00–9:00am
    12:00–4:30pm

    Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127

    Wednesday 8:00–9:00pm
    11:00am–1:00pm
    3:00–3:30pm
    Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    4:00–5:30pm Library 211
    Thursday 8:00–9:00am
    12:00–3:30pm
    Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
    4:00–5:30pm Library 211
    Friday 8:00–1:00pm Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Bremer Hall 127
  • Stop by the Hawkeye Library for an ACCUPLACER study guide.

  • Additional resources can be found on the ACCUPLACER website. On the right-hand side is a Resources section that includes sample questions in each area, as well as instructions on how to download the ACCUPLACER Study App.

Retesting Policy

The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken up to three times in a 12 month period from the date the first time you take the ACCUPLACER.

You must wait a minimum of 24 hours between attempts.

There is a retest fee of $5 per section. For example, if you need to retake all three sections — reading, writing, and math — the fee is $15.

Resting fees must be paid to the Hawkeye Business Office before a voucher can be created.

Requesting your ACCUPLACER Scores be Sent to Another Institution

To have your ACCUPLACER score sent to another institution complete the online Request for Release of Placement Test Scores form and submit a $25* payment to the Assessment and Evaluation office. Once we have both the request and the payment we will send your scores within two business days.

* The $25 payment is in addition to any fees you may pay for retesting.

Accommodations

Students with documented disabilities can work with the student accessibility services coordinator to arrange further accommodations.

To apply for ACCUPLACER accommodations you must turn all of the following into the student accessibility services coordinator:

Documentation must be pre-approved and testing arrangements made in advance. All accommodations testing must take place on Main Campus.

The student and the testing manager will be notified by email within 10 business days of any approved accommodations. Once notified, arrangements for an accommodated ACCUPLACER assessment can be completed by contacting the Evaluation and Testing office.

Contact Information

Evaluation and Testing

Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4318
Email Evaluation and Testing

Hawkeye recommends masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors. Please check your testing company's policy before coming to campus.

Regular Hours — Fall 2022

Monday – Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

If campus is closed, the Testing Center is also closed. This includes weather related closings. See the Academic Calendar for scheduled college closings.

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