Before enrolling in courses at Iowa Central, all first-time, full-time students; all part-time students taking math, English, reading; and/or any students whose program requires it must present assessment scores (from the last 3 years). Iowa Central requires ALEKS®, COMPASS, ACT, ACCUPLACER®, SAT, or Iowa Assessments (junior year) scores so it can guide students to appropriate coursework and to eventual academic success.
The ACCUPLACER® Assessments are Iowa Central’s reading and writing (English) placement assessments.
The computerized ACCUPLACER® Reading Comprehension is an untimed test comprised of 20 questions and measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas, and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.
The computerized ACCUPLACER® WritePlacer® assessment is 60-minutes in length and will require an examinee to compose a 300-600 word, typed essay. The WritePlacer® test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following characteristics of writing will be considered:
Purpose and Focus – The extent to which the writer presents information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
Organization and Structure - The extent to which the writer orders and connects ideas.
Development and Support - The extent to which the writer develops and supports ideas.
Sentence Variety and Style - The extent to which the writer crafts sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.
Mechanical Conventions - The extent to which the writer expresses ideas using Standard English.
Critical Thinking – The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates reasoned relationships among ideas.
A holistic score will be given at the completion of the essay.
Study materials for the ACCUPLACER® Reading Comprehension can be access from your computer, tablet or smartphone on the free ACCUPLACER® Study App. Study materials for the ACCUPLACER® WritePlacer® can be found here: www.iowacentral.edu/writeplacerprep
The ALEKS Assessment is Iowa Central’s math placement assessment. If students have not taken any prior math placement assessments, they can take the ALEKS Assessment at any of the Iowa Central centers, free-of-charge. The computerized ALEKS Assessment is not timed and provides a built-in calculator that can be used for some of the problems. The average time for the ALEKS Assessment is 90 minutes. Once you have completed the first assessment, you will have access to an online Prep and Learning Module where you can work through a series of problems specific to your proficient/deficient math subject areas.
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