Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Initial course placement can play an important role in college success. Lincoln College considers a variety of measures in determining which courses will be most useful to students as they work toward their academic goals. Depending on your academic history, you may need to complete placement testing in mathematics or English composition prior to registering for math or writing classes.

Lincoln College’s placement tests are delivered in a proctored setting via the College Board’s online Accuplacer testing system. All tests are untimed, and pencils and scratch paper are provided.


  • Math placement is based on the student’s performance on the Lincoln College Mathematics Placement Test, a 20-question, multiple-choice test developed by Lincoln College math faculty. Test questions are drawn from elementary and intermediate algebra topics, and an onscreen calculator is available throughout the test.
  • Placement in English composition is based on the student’s score on the College Board’s WritePlacer exam. Students are asked to write a short (300 to 600 word) essay in response to an onscreen prompt. The score is determined by the essay’s strength in the areas of focus, organization, development and support, sentence structure, and mechanical conventions.


Scores are available at the end of the testing session


Scheduling Placement Tests

Placement testing can be completed at the ABE location at which you’ll be attending classes. An appointment is generally required.

At this time, all ABE placement testing is administered online. Set up an appointment via the online scheduler.


Normal location
Contact the Testing Center (room 106 in the Academic Building) to schedule an appointment.

Peoria – ICC location
Contact your academic advisor to schedule a testing appointment.

Oglesby – IVCC location
Contact your academic advisor to schedule a testing appointment.

Lincoln – Lincoln College campus location
Contact the Lincoln campus ABE testing coordinator to arrange a testing appointment on the Lincoln campus.

It is recommended that students allow about 2 hours if they are taking both exams, but the amount of time needed varies according to the individual student’s test-taking style.