The LMC Testing Center at Lake Michigan College provides a variety of testing services including new-student placement testing services as well as out-of-class testing, Pearson Vue certification exams, and testing accommodations for students with disabilities as approved in conjunction with the Student Outreach coordinator; the Testing Center is also an approved Prometric Certified Nurse Aide testing site.  

Lake Michigan College uses the new-student placement test 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 placement test process as listed in the Placement Testing and Placement Policy.



For course placement purposes, all students new to Lake Michigan College will be required to complete a basic skills test of writing, mathematics, and reading skills prior to registration, per the Placement Testing and Placement Policy, unless an exemption applies based on current procedure.

Before testing, students are strongly encouraged to use these review resources 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 placement 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 ACCUPLACER® placement test. 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.

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.

Students who will be exempt from the placement test 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 LMC Testing Center.
  • Students with an associate degree or higher, based on documentation.

Health Science Applicants
Nursing applicants are required to complete the HESI A2 test. Read the instructions to get started.

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.

Ability to Benefit Testing at Lake Michigan College
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.