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Placement Services

Begin your successful academic journey

Most students who are new to Lake Michigan College will be asked to demonstrate basic skills in writing, math and reading. This is done by taking a placement test before registering for classes.  Placement testing and transcripts have no effect on your admission to the college, but it is important to test so our advisors can help determine the right classes for you.

Submit Your Transcripts

Send us your high school and/or college transcripts. Contact your high school, college or university you have previously attended to order your official transcripts. Your transcripts should be sent directly from your high school or college to LMC, not to you.

Send your high school transcripts to Admissions

Send your college transcripts to Records

  • Email to
  • Mail your transcript to:

    Lake Michigan College 
    Records Office 
    2755 E. Napier Ave. 
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Submit Your ACT or SAT scores

  • if you have ACT or SAT test scores from a test completed in the past 5 years, you may not need to take placement testing. See below to learn about placement testing exemptions. 
    • Send us your ACT or SAT scores - order your scores from ACT or SAT and have them sent to Lake Michigan College using the school codes below.
      • SAT school code
      • ACT school code

Make an appointment for Placement testing

Testing is offered at the Benton Harbor Campus by appointment only.

Students may start placement tests by appointment on the Benton Harbor Campus
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Remote placement testing is very limited and must be scheduled by phone or email in advance.


Schedule without LMC credentials

Email or call (269) 927-6173 if you have questions or problems using the link.  

Call/text 269-695-1391 for Niles Campus testing information and schedules. 
Call/text 269-637-7500 for South Haven campus testing information and schedules. 

  • If you don't have test scores or transcripts, please connect with an advisor or admissions specialist to verify whether you need to take an assessment.

  E (English/Writing) R (Reading) M+ (100-level Math)
ACT* English 18 Reading 17 Math 20
SAT* Writing/Language 27 OR 5s on all three Essay Subscores (Reading, Analysis & Writing) Reading 26 Math 25.5 OR Math Composite 510
Cumulative High School GPA
(calculated AFTER junior year)

2.6 Cumulative GPA
(weighted or unweighted; high school GPA is valid for ten years)

2.6 Cumulative GPA
(weighted or unweighted; high school GPA is valid for ten years)
Previous College Coursework Transfer credit equivalent to ENGL 101 or higher Transfer credit equivalent to ENGL 101 or higher Transfer credit equivalent to MATH 122 or higher

To determine if you need to test, please contact admissions or advising.
To schedule a proctored placement test, email for more information.

Benton Harbor Campus, (269) 927-6173
Main Building Room L-193/194

Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Niles Campus at Bertrand Crossing, (269) 695-1391 
Room 108
Please call for on-campus testing schedule.


South Haven Campus, (269) 637-7500 
Room 123

Placement testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis in Student Services at this time; please call the campus to verify before coming to test.

Other times/location:

Stop at the front desk.


Each placement testing session that includes WritePlacer for E (English) and R (Reading) and Quantitative (for M) requires approximately 2 to 3 hours. There is no time limit for proctored Zoom sessions except as designated by the proctor.

A photo ID must be presented to take a placement test. There is no charge for the placement test. 

Before testing, students are strongly encouraged to use prepare using review and practice handouts found at ACCUPLACER.

Additional Accuplacer review resources:

You do not have to take assessment if one of the following applies to you:

  • 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 Testing Center.
  • Students with an associate degree or higher, based on documentation.
  • Students with a minimum grade of “C” in the equivalent of a college-level freshman composition course and a college-level algebra course, based on documentation.
  • Students with documented transfer credit in a college-level composition class will be exempt from the reading and writing portions of the test. Those students with documented transfer credit in intermediate algebra will be exempt from the math portion of placement testing.
  • Students enrolling ONLY in courses with no prerequisites as printed in the current LMC College Catalog.
  • Students taking non-credit courses and courses for continuing education units (CEUs).
  • Please contact an advisor if you have any doubt about whether you should assess.

The initial placement test is completed as a unit; however, students may retake each portion once.

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 placement scores do not meet or exceed levels must successfully complete appropriate Transitional Studies courses prior to registration in courses with these prerequisites.

Upon request, students with disabilities, with documentation on file in the Disability Support Services, will be provided special testing accommodations; DSS can be contacted at (269) 927-8866.

Placement Score Request Form

Nursing applicants are required to complete the HESI A2 test.  

HESI A2 and TOEFL Information for Nursing Students

Other Health Science program applicant placement tests may be required; students should check with their respective program departments for the most up-to-date information. 

Health Sciences placement tests are considered Out of Class Testing; please email for more information about CNA or nursing admissions assessments.

LMC uses ACCUPLACER®  Pre-Algebra Math, Reading, and Writing to test for Ability to Benefit purposes; scores are evaluated according to the cutoff scores established by federal law.

Federal law requires that the prospective student must take, and pass, all three tests in one sitting. If he/she fails to meet the required cutoffs for any of the three sections, he/she must retake the entire test. LMC requires a 14-day retest wait for ACCUPLACER®  and a 30-day retest wait for Companion, the paper/pencil version of ACCUPLACER®. Those retesting must provide the LMC Testing Center proof of having studied prior to being permitted to retest.

College Board and ACCUPLACER®  defers to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for administration of ACCUPLACER®  to students with disabilities for ATB purposes; scores are valid as long as proper ACCUPLACER®  administration occurs under the conditions set forth by the ADA.


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