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 accomodations.
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 curent 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.
Ability to Benefit Testing at Lake Michigan College
LMC uses Compass 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 Compass and a 30-day retest wait for ASSET, the paper/pencil version of Compass. Those retesting must provide the Assessment Center proof of having studied prior to being permitted to retest.
ACT Compass defers to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for administration of Compass to students with disabilities for ATB purposes; scores are valid as long as proper Compass administration occurs under the conditions set forth by the ADA.