The Assessment Center at Lake Michigan College provides a variety of testing services including new-student assessment services as well as out-of-class testing.
Lake Michigan College uses the new-student assessment process to measure your skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics. It has no effect on your admission to the College. Certain levels of performance are necessary in these skill areas for success in college-level courses. College advisors use the results to help place you in the proper courses. There are several exemptions that allow you to opt out of the assessment process as listed in the Assessment and Placement Policy.
For course placement purposes, all students new to Lake Michigan College will be required to complete an assessment of writing, mathematics, and reading skills prior to registration, per the Assessment and Placement Policy, unless an exemption applies based on current procedure. Before assessing, students are strongly encouraged to call the Assessment Center at (269) 927-6173 to get information about review materials to use to prepare.
English, mathematics, and reading basic skills prerequisites for College classes are listed in the course description section of the College catalog as E-English, M-Mathematics or R-Reading. Students whose assessment scores do not meet or exceed levels set for E, M, R prerequisites must successfully complete appropriate Transitional Studies courses prior to registration in courses with these prerequisites.
There is no charge for the assessment. The initial assessment is completed as a unit; however, students may retake each portion once. If you have not enrolled for five consecutive years, you must take the assessment.
Upon request, students with disabilities, with documentation on file in the Student Outreach and Support Services Office, will be provided special testing accommodations.
Students may request disability-related test accommodations through the Student Outreach and Support Services Office at (269) 927-8866.
Students who will be exempt from assessment include:
- Students who submit ACT or SAT scores at or above current qualifying levels for E, M, and R prerequisites. Documentation of current qualifying levels will be maintained in the Assessment Center.
- Students with an associate degree or higher, based on documentation.
Note - Additional assessment is required for Health Science Applicants.