Guidelines for Required Assessment

Assessment requirements: Testing Center website

DMACC requires assessment of all new full-time students in order to provide information about students’ academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment information is then used in course selection and schedule planning. Assessment for part-time students is not required but strongly encouraged.

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

    *You must meet all assessment entry requirements before your application to DMACC can be accepted.


  1. Complete the COMPASS test. It is made up of three tests: Reading, Writing and Math.
  2. Submit official ACT scores in reading, writing, and math. (All ACT scores must be sent)
  3. Provide evidence of successful college experience in math, reading, and writing course work.
Writing: Grade of C or higher in a college-level writing course
Reading: Grade of C or higher in 6 hours of college-level academic course work such as psychology, sociology, economics, etc., and/or vocational technical course work requiring comparable reading skills
Math: Grade of C or higher in a college-level mathematics course


New students who fill out a DMACC application for admission and indicate that English is not their native language may need to take the ESL Compass. It is made up of four tests: Grammar/Usage, Reading, Listening, and Math. ESL students who submit ACT scores and do not score a 19 or above in any one area will be required to take the equivalent ESL Compass assessment unless they can show evidence of successful college experience.

*If you require testing accommodations, you may contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator at 515-964-6850 or 877-TO-DMACC (877-863-6222).