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Placement Testing

Many courses at LCC have minimum skill level requirements in reading, writing, and/or mathematics.  These skill levels must be met before a student will be permitted to enroll in those courses.  One way students meet these skill prerequisites is by achieving the required scores on placement tests.

Placement test results also play a large role in determining both the level and number of required courses. It is important that you do your best.  You are encouraged to use the review materials listed below—both to refresh your knowledge and to become familiar with the question format.

If you have completed the ACT or SAT
you may be able to waive placement testing and receive levels based on your score.  Click here for information on submitting test results for placement levels.
If you have previously attended college or have AP or CLEP scores, visit the Waiver Team Webpage to determine if you can waive the tests.
Veterans or military personnel may use ASVAB scores (or in some cases the Joint Services Transcript) to receive reading/writing levels. Click here for more information.

Information, Test Overviews, & Preparation Materials:

NOTE: LCC currently administers the Classic Accuplacer Tests, not Next-Generation

Alternative Testing Locations

Additional Testing Information:

Reading & Writing Assessments:

The Reading Comprehension Test is an untimed multiple-choice test.  There are two types of questions:

  1. A passage followed by a question based on the text.
  2. Sentence relationships: Presents two sentences followed by a question about how they are related (such as supporting, contradiction, or repetition).

Reading Comprehension Sample Questions

The WritePlacer is a timed essay (70 minutes).

You will be asked to write a 300-600 word essay that draws on your experiences, learning, and ideas in support of your point of view in relation to the issue in question.

Responses do not require any technical or specific knowledge. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas. 

The following components are considered in the score:
Focus - The clarity of the main idea or point of view
- The clarity of the structure and the logical sequence of ideas
Development and Support -
Elaboration of ideas and supporting details
Sentence Structure -
Effectiveness of the sentence structure
Mechanical Conventions -
Extent to which the writing is free of errors is usage and mechanics

The WritePlacer Guide has sample essays representing the full range of possible scores.

Math Assessments:

There are 3 possible math assessments. You will choose which test to start at. A high or low on the score of the first test may result in a second test.

The Arithmetic Test has three types of questions:

  1. Operations with whole numbers and fractions
    • Including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
  2. Operations with decimals and percents
    • Including: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, estimation
  3. Applications and problem solving
    • Topics: rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry, distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

The Elementary Algebra Test has three types of questions:

  1. Integers and rational numbers, computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, ordering
  2. Operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials; evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, factoring.
  3. Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems; solving linear equations and inequalities; solution of quadratic equations by factoring; verbal problems in an algebraic context, geometric reasoning and graphing; the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

The College Level Math Test assess intermediate algebra through precalculus. Including:

  • Algebraic operations: simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, manipulating roots and exponents
  • Solutions of equations: solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, other algebraic equations
  • Coordinate geometry: plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, graphs of algebraic functions
  • Applications and other algebra topics: complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, word problems
  • Functions and trigonometry: polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

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Math Resources on the Web

Khan Academy and are good resources for additional math review.  However, these websites are NOT designed specifically for the Accuplacer tests.  Review the subjects listed in the overviews above to narrow your focus before visiting math related websites.

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English as Second Language:

NOTE: ESL students who have graduated from an English speaking high school or have academic admission on their I-20 take the college-level placement tests (which are also available after high scores on the ESL tests or upon request).

There are 3 ESL assessment tests. Students will use the average score of the ESL Reading Skills and ESL Language Usage tests along with the ESL Listening score to determine their courses. 

ESL Reading Skills - Evaluates comprehension of short passages. Including: paraphrasing, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, pronoun reference, main idea, fact vs. opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author's point of view, applying author's logic to another situation.

ESL Language Usage - Measures grammar and usage
Subjects for both of the above tests include: Subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, irregular verbs, noun forms and pronouns, modifiers and comparatives, prepositions of direction and place, comparatives, connectives and commands, sentence fragments or run-on sentences.

ESL Listening - Assesses the ability to listen and understand one or more people speaking English - not on ability to read English. First, student will listen to the conversation and the question that follows, while looking at pictures of the speakers. Below are four answers from which to choose, written on the screen or with a drawing next to each choice.

PDF file Sample Questions

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Health Biology Proficiency Test

The HBPT is a 50 question multiple choice test.  A passing score meets one of the prerequisites for BIOL 201. This test can only be attempted once and does not require a scheduled appointment. For additional information about this test contact the Science Department at 517-483-1092.

PDF file HBPT Study Guide

How to View Previous Test Scores

  1. Log into myLCC from the LCC main page
  2. Click on the "Profile" tab
  3. On the right side of the screen you will see "Placement Test Scores"

Your placement test scores should be viewable within 24 hours.  Even though you may not be able to view your scores the same day as your test, you can still use them to register for classes that day (if registration is open).

Math and CORE Proficiency test scores and levels are viewable within 3 business days.  A score of 71% or higher is passing.

The Health Biology Proficiency Test (HBPT) is recorded as either a pass or fail; a score of 1 is passing and a score of 0 is failing.

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ACCUPLACER Cut Scores and Placement Levels

Reading Level Test Score Accuplacer Test







37-58 (or 34-36 and Writing Level 2+)

59-65 (or 57-58 and Writing Level 2+)

66-77 (or 64-65 and Writing Level 4+)

78-120 (or 76-77 and Writing Level 6)

Reading Comprehension

Writing Level Test Score Accuplacer Test








0 or 1





6 and Read Comp ≥95

7+ and Reading Comp ≥95

WritePlacer Essay

Math Level Test Score Accuplacer Test








Elementary Algebra







College Level Math

*College-level placement

Discuss your placement with an advisor to ensure you enroll in the correct courses.
Academic Advising
LCC course offerings
Math courses
Reading and writing course sequence (below college-level)

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Assessment Center at Lansing Community College

Testing Services

Course Testing Center - TLC 104
Placement Testing Center - GB StarZone

Phone: (517) 267-5500
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