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Placement Services


The placement process is one way LMC helps new students begin a successful educational 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's important to test so our advisors can help determine which classes are right for you.

  E (English/Writing) R (Reading) M+ (100-level Math)
ACT* English 18 Reading 17 Math 20
SAT* Writing/Language 27 OR 5’s on all 3 Essay Subscores (Reading, Analysis & Writing) Reading 26 Math 25.5 OR Math Composite 510
Unweighted Cumulative High School GPA*
(calculated AFTER junior year)

3.5 Unweighted Cumulative GPA OR
2.75 Unweighted Cumulative GPA and meets R based on ACT/SAT OR

3.5 Unweighted Cumulative GPA N/A
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

*Within the last five years 

  • Do you have ACT or SAT test scores, or do you have previous college experience? If so, 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
  • Send us your high school or college transcripts. Contact your high school, college or university you have previously attended to order your official transcripts.
    • Email to
    • Mail your transcript to:

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

  • If you don't have test scores or transcripts, schedule your placement test. See below for days, times and locations.

Are you a current student looking for out-of-class testing? Book your test here.


Testing is offered on a walk-in basis during the hours listed below. No appointment is necessary, with exceptions as noted below. 

Testers should plan to arrive two hours before posted closing times. 

Benton Harbor Campus, (269) 927-6173
Todd Center Room 2101

Monday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Niles Campus at Bertrand Crossing, (269) 695-1391 
Room 108

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


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

Wednesday 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Other times/location:

Stop at the front desk.


Each placement testing session that includes all three tests (reading, writing and math) takes approximately two hours. Each section takes approximately 45 minutes. Please be sure to allow enough time (usually about two hours) to complete all testing before the closing times listed. 

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 review and practice handouts found at ACCUPLACER to prepare.

Additional Accuplacer review resources:

  • 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).

The initial placement test 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 placement test.

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 Student Outreach and Support Services Office, will be provided special testing accommodations; the Student Outreach Coordinator can be contacted at (269) 927-8866.

Nursing applicants are required to complete the HESI A2 test.  

HESI A2 and TOEFL Information for Nursing Students (pdf download)

Additional information about the TOEFL iBT test for Nursing Students (pdf download)

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.

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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December 9, 2016
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