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Placement Testing Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, you are already admitted to IU Northwest, these tests do not affect your academic record or your admission to university. 

  • There are two parts to placement testing, math and English. The math portion is an in person, multiple choice test which determines your first course of math you will be taking at IU Northwest. The English portion is a seventy-five minute essay response that can be completed in any location. 

    Students may also need to complete biology and/or chemistry based on their majors.

  • Testing for Summer and Fall semesters is available from February-August. Testing for Spring semesters is available from October-January. We recommend testing early so that you will have the most options available to you for class selection. 

  • You must have an appointment to take the math placement test. In order to schedule an appointment for placement testing you must first create your IU Technology Account.

    After setting up your account, you must wait 24 hours before you can make a placement test appointment. Use our online calendar to schedule your appointment here. After scheduling print the confirmation page and the parking permit.

    Parking permits must be displayed on your dashboard so that you do not get a ticket. If you have difficulty scheduling online call 219-980-6830. 

  • If you have already completed a college level math or English class with a grade of C or better you will not need to take that portion of the test. In order for us to remove your placement hold,we need to have an official copy of the transcripts from the college(s) through which you completed the class. These can be sent to us electronically [[admit2]]. If you took an AP test then we need a copy of your score report.

    If you are still currently taking the class and do not have a final grade as of yet, we recommend taking the placement test now so you can register for classes sooner. Once your dual credit class is completed, order your official transcript(s) from the college(s) upon receipt, we will transfer in any applicable credit to your IU transcript. The placement test will then become null and void when the credit is transferred in. If you have taken any dual credit classes or ACP through IU, you do not need to send transcripts but please make us aware. 

  • Yes, there is optional testing available in French, German and Spanish. Other languages may be available, please check with the Modern Languages department. There is a $13.80 fee for a foreign language test-paid at the Office of Student Accounts before taking the test. Please click here for more information about Modern Language testing.