Rockford, Illinois

Placement Test

All new students enrolling in credit classes are required to meet placement requirements in the areas of Reading, English and Math prior to being able to register for credit courses. Placement will be determined through the best combination of any of the following actions:

Completion of the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER), submission and acceptance of ACT or SAT Scores, submission and acceptance of Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts or successful evaluation of transcripts from another college or university.

All new students must submit a completed Enrollment Information Form prior to being eligible to attempt the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) at Rock Valley College.

Placement Test Description                                                                            Back to Top  ↑

Rock Valley College uses ACCUPLACER to assess your current skills in reading, English and math for placement into appropriate coursework. It is an online test featuring a computer-based format, unlimited time and immediate scores. The ACCUPLACER placement test is comprised of three sections:

  • Reading Comprehension - 20 questions related to reading skills, such as identifying the main idea and making inferences
  • Sentence Skills (English) - 20 questions related to sentence structure and grammar.
  • Mathematics (Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra or College Level Math) - All new students will take an Elementary Algebra test; based on score, some students may also take an Arithmetic or College Level Math test. Each test will have 12-20 questions.

Placement Test Preparation

When it comes to taking the placement test (ACCUPLACER), doing your best matters. Test results determine whether you will start in college-level courses or developmental (remedial) courses. We have found that students who spend as little as one hour preparing for the test by reviewing sample questions actually perform better.

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Placement Test Times                                                                               Back to Top

Walk-in Testing: (no appointment necessary)

  • Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Placement Test by Appointment:

Fall & Spring Semesters

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Select Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Call (815) 921-2380 for more information about testing by appointment.

Please Note: Hours are subject to change during Interims, Summer and Spring Break. Please contact the Testing Center to verify hours of operation during these periods.

Off Campus Testing                                                                                  Back to Top ↑  
Placement testing is also offered on a limited basis
at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education on Samuelson Road.

Score Reporting                                                                                        Back to Top ↑
When you complete the placement test (ACCUPLACER), you will see a report of your score(s) on the screen. You will also receive a printed report of your score(s) and corresponding placement(s). A member of the Testing Center staff will help interpret your score(s). You can find more information about your score(s) and corresponding placement(s) by viewing the Guide to ACCUPLACER Placement Scores.

After Placement Testing                                                                          Back to Top ↑
When testing is complete, new students are required to attend a Getting Started Session before being able to register for classes. Once you have tested and attended a Getting Started Session, you are encouraged to visit the Advising & Counseling Center on the top floor of the Student Center to determine accurate course selection and assist you in making decisions regarding your educational opportunities at Rock Valley College. Please call the Advising & Counseling Center at (815) 921-4100 to make an appointment or obtain walk-in hours.

Re-Test Options                                                                                       Back to Top ↑
For information about re-testing, please see our Re-Test Policy.

ACT/SAT                                                                                                   Back to Top ↑
Students may be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting their ACT or SAT scores to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.

  ACT Score Acceptance Policy
  SAT Score Acceptance Policy

Advanced Placement                                                                                Back to Top ↑
Students may be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting their Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.

You can find more information about Advanced Placement (AP) here.

Transfer Students                                                                                     Back to Top ↑
Transfer students or students already holding a college degree may also be able to determine their placement in one or more areas by submitting transcripts to the Records & Registration Office on the top floor of the Student Center.

Students with Disabilities                                                                        Back to Top ↑
If you have a disability or a temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking tests under standard conditions, please contact Disability Support Services at (815) 921-2356.

What to Bring With You to Test                                                                         Back to Top ↑
A photo ID is required for all testing services (i.e. Driver's License, State ID, Passport or School ID).

Storage of Personal Items                                                                                 Back to Top ↑
Calculators, cell phones and any type of electronic devices are not permitted. Lockers are provided for these items and all other personal belongings.

                              ACCUPLACER Prep                                 Back to Top ↑ 

                                Subject Specific Resources                      Back to Top ↑

Reading and Vocabulary
http://www.testpreppractice.net/ACCUPLACER/Reading-Comprehension-ACCUPLACER-Practice-Tests.aspx Practice exams

http://www.cerritos.edu/reading/mainide2.htm More help with finding main ideas in paragraphs and identifying topic sentences

Sentence Skills (English)

http://www.dcccd.edu/emp/departments/ea/student%20affairs/assessment%20practice%20tests/accuplacer/sentence%20skills%20test/Pages/default.aspx Sample ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills (English) Questions



http://www.veritasprep.com/sat-prep-algebra-resources-galore/ Created for SAT review, but great source for Algebra

http://www.algebrahelp.com Great site for reviewing algebra skills

http://www.mathgoodies.com Offers many free review lessons and explanations of math concepts

http://www.calculus.org  The calculus review web site!

Books (Available at most Libraries and Major Bookstores)
Essential Mathematics: Basic Math for Everyday Use, Williams and Atkins, Barron.
Contemporary's Building Basic Skills in Mathematics, Contemporary Books
GED Review Book
SAT-I Review Books (publishers include: Arco, Kaplan, Nova and Barron)
Forgotten Algebra, Bleau, Barron
Quick Algebra Review: A Self-Teaching Guide, Selby and Slavin, Wiley.

Please feel free to contact us at (815) 921-2380 if you have any questions regarding the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER).

Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will only be provided to The College Board, to Rock Valley College, and to the state to meet state information requirements. The information may be used for counseling, advisement and placement purposes and may be used to document whether or not you have met state testing requirements. It may also be used by The College Board for research and training purposes. Your test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose without your permission. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please see your Test Administrator.