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 Accuplacer Classic FAQ's

When is Accuplacer Classic Required?

Full-time students: DMACC requires admission assessment of all full-time students 12 credits or more for fall/spring and 8 credits for summer term.

Students may fulfill this requirement by completing one of the following options:

  • Submission of ACT scores for reading, writing and math (less than 5 years old).
  • Completion of the Accuplacer Classic assessments, reading and writing - at any DMACC campus and ALEKS math completed via the Webinfo System. There are no charges for the assessments when completed as part of the admission requirements.
  • Evidence of successful college experience. Have an official college transcript sent from your prior college(s) to DMACC.

Part-time students: Students planning to enroll part-time are encouraged to:

  • Complete a writing assessment before enrolling in a writing class.
  • Complete a reading class before enrolling in a liberal arts class.

Part-time students: Students planning to enroll part-time and take a math course are required to complete the ALEKS placement assessment.

What version of Accuplacer do I need?

There are two versions of Accuplacer.  DMACC accepts the Classic version of Accuplacer.

How do I schedule the Accuplacer Classic test?

Testing schedules are available by clicking on the appropriate campus link. If you require an accommodation for testing, call the Disabilities Services Coordinator at 515-964-6850.

Select a campus below for details:

If you are unable to test at a DMACC location, please contact the Ankeny Testing Center at
515-964-6595 for additional testing options.

What is Accuplacer Classic?

Accuplacer Classic is a computer-based test with a series of basic skill assessments in reading and writing. The test indicates areas where you might need help and suggests courses that might be a starting point for your college career. Most questions require a multiple choice answer.

How much time will the test take?

Generally, it takes an hour to complete the Accuplacer Classic Reading & Writing assessments and two hours to complete the Accuplacer Classic ESL assessments.

What subjects are tested?

There are two areas of focus for Accuplacer Classic:

  1. Reading: The reading assessment determine what skills students have to succeed in entry-level college courses.
  2. Writing Skills: The writing assessment requires students to find and correct errors in essays. This includes grammar, punctuation, sentence structure as well as strategy, organization assessment and style in effective writing.

Also available is ESL Accuplacer Classic, which has four tests: Language Use, Reading, Listening, and Sentence Meaning. Written in standard English, ESL Accuplacer Classic will assess appropriate levels of ESL classes or regular course work.

I Have No Computer Experience. Can I still take the Accuplacer Classic Test?

Accuplacer Classic is user friendly and was designed for those with little or no computer experience. DMACC staff are on hand to walk you through the directions and assist you with getting started.

The amount of time you spend on each area is recorded, but there is no time limit, so you can relax and do your best!