Skills & Knowledge Assessment

Assessing your reading, writing, and math skills is part of the application and class registration processes at Ivy Tech. The assessment step helps us understand your college readiness and helps us make sure the classes you take are the right 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, previous college credit you've earned, taking an assessment (via our Knowledge Assessment tool in MyIvy), or taking a corequisite class. Review the options below to help you decide which path you'd like to take to meet the assessment requirement.

OPTION 1:
SUBMIT Assessment Documents

During the application process and before you register for classes, you'll be asked to upload documentation that can assess your readiness for college-level coursework. We specifically need to see where you currently are 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.

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.

View Test Score Course Placement Chart

Transcripts

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 can upload them after you complete your application. Note that the documents you upload do not need to be official. You have until the end of the term for which you applied to return to your application and upload your assessment documents.

View How to Upload Assessment Documents

*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.

OPTION 2:
TAKE A Knowledge Assessment

If you don’t have any of the scores or documents listed on the left, 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. 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.

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!

If you do not able to achieve a passing score, we encourage you to study and take the assessment again. You can take it as many times as you need; however, if you wish to stop studying or taking the Knowledge Assessment, you can also explore Option 3 and enroll in corequisite courses.

HOW TO USE THE Knowledge Assessment TOOL

OPTION 3:
COREQUISITE Course

If you don’t have any of the types of assessment documents mentioned on the left and are unable to achieve a passing score using the Knowledge Assessment tool you may be able to take a corequisite course in math or English, depending on your academic program requirements.

A corequisite course is a class you take at the same time as another course that provides related academic support. For example, in your first year you may take a college-level math and English course, along with a concurrent course that offers support in those subjects.

Ask your advisor or admissions representative for details about corequisite courses.

  • Using Test Scores for English & Math Course Placement

    Use the table below to find the English and math courses you qualify for based on your ACT, SAT, or PSAT test scores. If you have questions about using test scores for your assessment, contact your advisor or admissions representative.

    English

    ACT Score (within last 4 years) SAT score
    (2016 to present)
    PSAT Score
    (2015 to present)
    Course(s) You Qualify for: 

    16 or lower English

    17 or lower Reading

    24 or lower Reading

    26 or lower Writing

    450 or lower Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

    24 or lower Critical Reading

    25 or lower Writing

    Take the Knowledge Assessment to determine classes

    17 English

    18 Reading

    25 Reading

    27 Writing

    460 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

    25 Critical Reading

    26 Writing

    ENGL 111 - English Composition (TransferIN)

    Other entry-level college courses

    19 or higher English

    18 or higher Reading

    26 or higher Reading

    28 or higher Writing

    470 or higher Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

    26 or higher Critical Reading

    27 or higher Writing

    Any higher-level English class

     

    MATH

    ACT Score SAT score
    (2016 to present)
    PSAT Score
    (2015 to present)
    Course(s) You Qualify for: 
    17 or lower Math 490 or lower Math 24 or lower Math Take the Knowledge Assessment to determine classes
    18 Math 500 Math 24.5 Math

    MATH 122 - Applied Technical Mathematics

    MATH 123 - Quantitative Reasoning

    20 Math 510 Math 25 Math

    MATH 043 - Intermediate Algebra

    24 Math or higher 550 Math or higher

    27 Math or higher

    MATH 121 - Geometry-Trigonometry

    MATH 127 - Mathematics for Elementary Education I

    MATH 128 - Mathematics for Elementary Education II

    MATH 129 - Mathematics for Elementary Education III

    MATH 135 - Finite Math (TransferIN)

    MATH 136 - College Algebra (TransferIN)

    MATH 137 - Trigonometry with Analytic Geometry

    MATH 141 - Mathematics for Elementary Teacher

  • Assessment Document Formats

    The documents you upload do not need to be official.

    Formats we accept include .doc, .docx, .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .tif, and .tiff.

    We’ll also accept a digital photo of your transcripts and test scores—although the following items must be clearly visible:

    • Student's name
    • Name of institution (for high school and college transcripts)
    • Degree awarded (for college transcripts)
    • Coursework and grades (for high school and college transcripts)
    • Cumulative GPA (for high school transcripts)
    • Date of test (SAT, ACT, and PSAT scores – must be within the last four years)
    • Test scores (SAT, ACT, and PSAT scores)

    During the application process or your first term at Ivy Tech:

    UPLOAD ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS

    After your first term:

    If the term you applied for has passed, you will be unable to upload documents via the general application portal and will need to bring any assessment documents or transfer credit evaluation documents to your nearest Ivy Tech campus Enrollment Center.

    Find Your Local Enrollment Center

  • Uploading Assessment Documents

    After you have submitted your application, you will have the opportunity to upload assessment documents—such as transcripts and test scores —that demonstrate your college readiness and help us make sure you are taking classes that are the right fit for you. None of the documents are required to apply, but uploading them when you apply can help you start classes as soon as possible. 

    Upload Instructions

    • At the end of the application: After you have submitted your online application, you will see a "Congratulations!" confirmation screen. If you are ready to upload transcripts or scores at that time, select "I have transcripts or test scores to upload now." On the next page, upload your unofficial high school or college transcript or unofficial test scores SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores (must be within the last 4 years).
    • Upload documents later: Don't have your test scores or transcripts at your fingertips? Don’t worry! Just go ahead and choose the option at the end of the application that says you'll submit them later. After you submit your application, we'll email you a secure link unique to you that will take you directly to your submitted application so you can add your test scores or transcripts when you're ready. 

      You can also go back to upload assessment documents using this link at any time. We'll ask you to provide the email and the password you set up when you saved your application. http://ivytech.tfaforms.net/forms/resume/162

      You have until the end of the term for which you applied to return to your application and upload your assessment for course placement documents. Within a week, you should receive an email, text, and letter letting you know that your scores or transcripts have been reviewed.

    Accepted Document Formats

    Note that the documents for assessment do not need to be official, so you can submit them in a variety of formats. See accepted document formats

  • Deadline to Upload Assessment Documents

    If you don't have your test scores or transcripts at your fingertips while you're filling out the Ivy Tech admissions application, don’t worry! Just go ahead and submit your application. You have until the end of the term for which you applied to return to your application and upload your assessment documents.

    How to Upload Assessment Documents

    If the term you applied for has passed, you will be unable to upload documents via the general application portal and will need to bring any assessment documents or transfer credit evaluation documents to your nearest Ivy Tech campus Enrollment Center.

    Find Your Local Enrollment Center

  • Unable to Upload Assessment Documents?

    If you are unable to upload documents via the portal, you will need to visit your nearest Ivy Tech campus Local Enrollment Center.

    In addition, if the term you applied for has passed, you will be unable to upload documents via the general application portal and will need to bring any assessment documents or transfer credit evaluation documents to your nearest Ivy Tech campus Enrollment Center or to your academic advisor.

    Find Your Local Enrollment Center

Questions About Assessment?

New Students

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.

Find Your Local Admissions Rep

Current Students

Contact your advisor for assistance with Knowledge Assessment or registering for classes.

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