Interpreting Test Scores
Some of your advisees may need to be placed in specific math, reading, and/or English courses based upon their ACT or Lake Land College placement test scores. Below is a chart to assist you in reading the scores and placing students correctly.
Degree seeking students and/or students planning to enroll in a math or English course must have ACT or Lake Land College placement test scores on file. Students will be manditorily placed in appropriate courses to achieve success in coursework as determined by placement test scores.
If placement test scores require enrollment in a reading course, students must enroll in the required course for their first semester at Lake Land College.
About Placement Scores
Lake Land College policy requires all degree seeking students to have reading, English and math placement scores on file. Students planning to enroll in a math or English course are also required to have appropriate placement scores on file. Students will be mandatorily placed in courses based upon placement scores (ACT/COMPASS.)
If a student’s record includes more than one set of scores, the highest scores recorded are used for placement. Certain courses for which a student will not earn credit for graduation are required when indicated by placement scores and major. These courses include: RDG007, RDG009, RDG050, ENG005, ENG007, MAT001, MAT005, MAT006 and MAT 008. Placement in these courses may lengthen time and costs for college.
Retesting prior to enrollment for the first semester offers an opportunity to improve your placement. Students may retest one time per subject area for a fee of $5.00 per subject̅̅ - limit of two sets of Lake Land College placement scores within a four-year period. Call 217-234-5301 to schedule a retest.
Determining Your Placement
To determine placement in reading, English and math, match your score on the ACT or LLC placement test with the appropriate range of scores on the reverse side of this sheet.
For example, follow the chart below from left to right. A student with an ACT reading score of 12-16, an Accuplacer score of 40-54, or a COMPASS score of 51-66 will be placed into RDG009. All students are required to enroll in a reading course unless their placement score is in the “None Required” range.
Use this same process to determine placement in the areas of English and math for those majors that require ENG120 or any MAT course. Not all majors require these courses.
Counselors will review this information at your orientation/advising appointment.
To discuss your placement scores or for additional information regarding degree requirements, please call Counseling Services at (217) 234-5232.
To schedule a retest, call the Learning Assistance Centers at (217) 234-5301.