Rock Valley College

Placement Requirements

All new students enrolling in credit classes are required to meet placement requirements prior to registering for credit courses and must submit a completed application to RVC  prior to testing.

No appointment is needed for Walk-In Placement Testing  (Monday -Thursday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.).  Call (815) 921-2380 if a 5:30 p.m. appointment is needed (Tuesday and Wednesday).

A photo ID is required for all placement testing.

Placement is required for the following individuals:

  Reading Required  English Required Math Required  Geometry Required
New Full-time or Part-time Students. Yes Yes Yes *Yes
Students Transferring from an accredited institution with college level course work. **Yes **Yes **Yes *Yes
Students wishing to only take a math course. Yes No Yes *Yes
Student wishing to only take an English course. Yes Yes No No
Student wishing to take any non-math or non-English course. Yes No ***No No
Students wishing to enroll in NAD 101 (CNA) or the Phlebotomy Technician Program. Yes No Yes No
Students wishing to enroll in WLD 150 and/or 152. Yes No No No

*Geometry may be waived by submitting a high school transcript showing one year of geometry with a "C" or better.

**Post-secondary transcripts/degrees from institutions accredited by recognized regional agencies may be submitted for placement test waivers or exemptions.

***Certain science courses have math prerequisites.

Programs with limited enrollment that require additional application steps include Aviation Maintenance Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Graphic Arts Technology, Fire Science, Early Childhood Education, Data Assurance and IT Security, Criminal Justice, Computer and Information Systems, Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care, Automotive Service Technology, Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Sustainable Energy Systems, Office Professional, and Web Programing and Design

Placement at RVC will be determined through the best combination of any of the following:

Submission and Acceptance of ACT, SAT or GED Scores

Submission and Acceptance  of Transcripts

  1. Advanced Placement (AP) transcripts
  2. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit
  3. Transcripts from another college or university: contact our Records and Registration office at (815) 921-4250.