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Placement Services

Most students who are new to Lake Michigan College will be asked to demonstrate basic skills in writing, mathematics, and reading before registering for classes.

Here's how you can take your placement test unless an exemption applies to you. 

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 these review resources to prepare.Review and practice handouts can be found at ACCUPLACER. Download additional ACCUPLACER review information.

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

Benton Harbor Campus, (269) 927-6173
Room: B200/202

Monday, Tuesday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday
1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Niles Campus, (269) 695-1391

Room 101

Monday - Thursday7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Haven Campus, (269) 637-7500
Student Services area

Wednesday 4:30 p.m. to  7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 Friday9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Early College Students with September 28 Application Deadlines

Early College placement testing will take place from 4 - 7 p.m. on the following dates. Please call (269) 927-6173 to schedule a placement test.

September 11
September 12
September 18
September 19
September 25
September 26

  • 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.

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.