Rock Valley College
Sharon Jacobsen helps a student in the Testing Center.

Testing Center

About the Testing Center

The Testing Center provides various types of testing for placement, courses, certifications, credit for prior learning, program admission, accommodations for students with disabilities, and for community residents enrolled at other colleges/universities. A photo ID is required for all testing.

Any student with a disability who receives accommodations for testing can contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment by phone at (815) 921-2385 or email at

Testing Center Availability

  • Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Note: Testing Center hours are subject to change between academic semesters, breaks, and summer.

Academic Honesty is expected of all our students. We encourage you to review our Academic Honesty Standards and Procedures.

Testing Center Computers

Placement Requirements

If you plan to enroll in credit classes at RVC, you will need to establish placement requirements.



The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program of credit by examination that gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know.

Testing with ACCUPLACER


Using ACCUPLACER for placement testing allows you to get an accurate measure of your academic skills so that you may be placed in the appropriate course. These tests are computer-based and do not have a time limit – so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

Rock Valley College uses the following ACCUPLACER tests:
  • Writing (English)
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

To learn more about what is on each test, visit

Studying for your placement test can help you place into higher-level courses – saving you money and helping you earn your degree faster.

ACCUPLACER offers free practice tools to help you succeed on each of the ACCUPLACER tests. To learn more, check out these resources:

RVC's Tutoring Center also offers free tutoring sessions for any student looking for help preparing for the ACCUPLACER test. To get started, contact the Tutoring Center at (815) 921-2370.

In general, preparing for a test can significantly reduce test anxiety. Make sure to set aside time to study, be well-rested, eat/drink well before testing, approach the exam with confidence, and allow yourself plenty of time during testing. You got this!

For ACCUPLACER tests, all students must present a valid Photo ID. There is no testing fee for the first time, but retests are available at $5 per test. During testing, students may not use a translator, calculator, or other websites. Testing accommodations may be requested through the RVC Office of Disability Support Services by calling (815) 921-2356.

Ready to test?
  • Walk-in Testing: Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Appointment Testing: Appointments may be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (5:30 PM) and select Saturdays. (Please note: hours may vary during finals, holidays, and summer.) To schedule an appointment, please call the Testing Center at (815) 921-2380.