Black Hawk College is an open enrollment college. This means that all students are accepted into the college regardless of prior testing such as ACT or high school coursework and grades. As a community college, Black Hawk College offers classes which are either college level or developmental (pre-college) level classes. To determine which classes to take, students who enroll in or accumulate six or more credit hours at Black Hawk College are required to take our placement test that measures academic skills in writing, reading, basic math and algebra.
Students for whom English is their second language should contact Janet Francisco, ESL coordinator, at 309-796-5183 to schedule ESL placement testing.
If you would like to practice the placement test ahead of time click here to access practice tests.
The placement test scores determine a student’s mandatory placement into college-level courses (classes with course numbers 100 and above), developmental education courses (classes with course numbers less than 100), or referral to the Student Success Center or Adult Basic Education.
(Optional: Biology and Chemistry Competency Exams for Anatomy and Physiology is also available to students that are interested in waiving the prerequisite of Biology 100, 101 or 105 and Chemistry 101 or 110.)
Where can I take the placement test?
The placement test is given in two locations:
- Quad-Cities Campus in Moline, Ill. – 6600 34th Ave., 309-796-5352 or 309-796-5100
- East Campus in Galva, Ill. – 26230 Black Hawk Road, 309-854-1732
Mondays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays, weekends, and holidays.
To sign up for a test session, call:
Quad-Cities Campus – 309-796-5352 or 309-796-5100
East Campus – 309-854-1707
Students who need to take the placement test with accommodations based on their disability should contact Disability Services by calling 309-796-5949 (Quad-Cities Campus) or TTY 309-796-5903 or 309-854-1713 (East Campus), to make arrangements.
On the day of the test:
- Bring a picture ID (driver’s license).
- Bring a calculator. (The test itself has a calculator if you don’t bring your own.)
- Bring your ACT score report or a test permit from your advisor or if you are exempt from parts of the test.
- The test is free to take once each school year. Bring a check or cash if this is a retake.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test time.
- Parking passes are available – come early if you need one.
Last updated 8/26/2016