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DMACC Testing Center

DMACC requires assessment of all new full-time students (12 credit hours or more Fall & Spring semesters, 8 credit hours or more summer term). This assessment provides information about students' academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment information is then used in course selection and schedule planning.

Assessment scores used for admission purposes must be (5) years old or less from the test date.

*Only one option below is required for completing DMACC's assessment requirement.

  1. The COMPASS test is used for DMACC's required assessment. For testing information, call 877-TO-DMACC (877-863-6222) or visit the Testing Center website.

    *New students who fill out a full or part-time application for admission and indicate that English is not their native language may need to take the ESL Compass, which is made up of four tests: Grammar/Usage, Reading, Listening, and Math. Delivered in Standard English, the ESL Compass will assess appropriate levels of English proficiency while suggesting courses to start your college career.

  2. Submitting an ACT in reading, writing, and math. (All ACT scores must be sent).
  3. Providing evidence of successful college experience in math, reading, and writing course work. If college experience is older than five (5) years, students are strongly encouraged to take the COMPASS test.

There are required scores for ESL students:ESL grammar-94, ESL reading-94, ESL listening-94.

DMACC has seven Testing Centers:

  • Ames Hunziker Center
  • Ankeny
  • Boone
  • Carroll
  • Newton


  • Perry Van Kirk Center
  • Southridge Center
  • Urban/Des Moines
  • West Des Moines

A valid photo ID is required for all testing and know either your DMACC student number or your social security number.

For compass testing calculators and scratch paper is provided, please make sure you apply for admission before taking the compass test. Applying for admissions is not required if you do not plan to attend DMACC.