WHAT IS COURSE PLACEMENT?
Course placement is a part of registering for classes where we assess your reading, writing, and math skills. It's an important step that helps us and you make sure you register for courses that are the best fit for you.
We can measure where your skills are currently in several different ways, including through ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores, high school GPA, or previous college credit you've earned. If you don't have any of those, you can complete our free Knowledge Assessment to help develop your customized learning path to better prepare you for courses.
Work with your advisor to complete one of the two options below before you register for classes.
Course Placement Options
Before you register for classes, you'll be asked to upload documentation that helps us assess your readiness for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and math skills in order to place you into coursework that is appropriate for your skill level. One way you can do this is to submit test scores or transcripts. If you already uploaded these documents when you applied to Ivy Tech, you will not need to do it again.
A. Test Scores
You can submit your ACT, SAT, or PSAT test scores to be used for course placement. View our course placement chart to see which English and math courses are the best fit for you based on your scores.
In place of test scores, you can also submit your high school transcript. If you have a high school GPA of 2.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale* you will not need to take a placement test. If your GPA is lower, you will need to take the Knowledge Assessment to prepare you for courses.
If you have already earned college credits in English or math, or been awarded an associate degree or higher at another college or university you will not need to take a placement test. International students need to supply a NACES-approved transcript.
Uploading Test Scores & Transcripts
If you have test scores or high school or college transcripts, you have until the end of the term for which you orignally applied to return to your application and upload your assessment documents (note that the documents you upload do not need to be official). If that time has passed, speak with your advisor about your options.
*GPA after six completed semesters if still in high school or at graduation with a Core 40, Technical Honors, or Academic Honors diploma or equivalent within the last four years.
Knowledge Assessment Tool
If you don’t have any of the scores or documents listed on the container above, or your scores don't meet the minimum thresholds, don’t worry. Ivy Tech is committed to helping you succeed! You can assess for success by evaluating your skills with our Knowledge Assessment. Knowledge Assessment is a free web-based tool that helps gauge your skills in reading, writing, and math.
As part of the assessment, you will take a diagnostic test in math and/or English based on the requirements of your academic program. If you reach the target score after taking the diagnostic, you are ready to register for your course!
Customized Study Path
After you complete the assessment, you will have a chance to improve your scores through a customized Study Path to better prepare you for courses. If you do not achieve a passing score, we encourage you to study and take the assessment again. You can take it as many times as you need.
Helpful Info for Course Placement
Questions About Course Placement?
If you need help with uploading assessment documents or using the Knowledge Assessment tool, reach out to your local admissions representative who will be happy to assist you.
Contact your advisor for assistance with course placement or registering for classes.