Applicants to NIU's School of Nursing

Effective immediately, nursing applicants must successfully achieve a reading comprehension score that is in compliance with the School of Nursing’s standard. Applicants with an ACT Reading Score of 24 or higher are considered to be in compliance with this standard. Applicants with an ACT Reading Score of less than 24 may take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Exam. It is the policy of the School of Nursing that students may take this exam twice with no minimum interval between administrations. If a student takes the exam more than twice, only test scores from their first two administrations will be used in making admissions decisions.

The ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Exam measures your ability to understand what you read. It is administered on computer and should take less than one hour. Applicants may register to take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Exam at NIU's Testing Services (815-753-1203) for a fee of $20. Applicants may also register to take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Exam at any of the following community colleges. Examination times, availability, and examination fees will vary between schools.

Black Hawk Community College
Michele De Grauwe
Testing Coordinator
6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265-5899
For testing hours:

College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn Campus Only
Testing Center
Berg Instructional Center, Room 2407
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Appointments are necessary. To Register:

College of Lake County
Grayslake Campus:
Dan Gorman
Lakeshore Campus (Waukegan):
Joann Jacobs
Southlake Campus (Vernon Hills):

Danville Area Community College
Assessment Center
Sarah Isaac
Assessment Specialist
2000 E. Main Street
Danville, IL 61832

Elgin Community College
Victoria Roush
Testing Coordinator
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Harper College
Testing and Assessment Center
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067

Heartland Community College
Kim Kelley
Director of Testing Services
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Illinois Valley Community College
Sarah Glascock
Assessment Center Coordinator
815 N. Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348-9692

Oakton Community College
Paula Garcia
Testing Monitor
7701 North Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077

Parkland College
Assessment Center
2400 West Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

Richland Community College
Priscilla Palmer
Testing Specialist
Donna Barnes
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
217-875-7211, Ext. 309

Rock Valley College
Testing Center (Student Center; lower level)
3301 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114-5699

Sauk Valley Community College
Sasha Wolfe
Testing Center
173 IL Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021

St. Louis Community College
Judy Ash
11333 Big Bend Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122