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Placement Assessment Information

If you haven’t taken the SAT/ACT or a Placement Assessment within the last four years or if you have not taken and received college credit for Math and/or English Composition courses at another college/university, then you will need to take the Math and English Placement Assessments. 

Placement is based on:

  • ACT or SAT scores completed within the last four years and/or 
  • The Write Class English assessment and ALEKS or NICE MP math assessments.  

Math Placement Interpretations

English Placement Interpretations

For more information about placement, contact Admissions. In the meantime, if you need a ADA compliant PDF for the Math Placement Interpretation please email admissions as well.

If you have taken the ACT or SAT within the last four years, send your scores to Cardinal Central by mail:

North Idaho College
Cardinal Central
1000 W. Garden Ave.
Coeur d’Alene ID 83814

or by fax at (208) 769-3399.


After completing the NIC placements:

Any required next steps will be sent to you by email, so check your NIC Cardinal Mail for more information.

  • NIC uses The Write Course (TWC), a free, unproctored placement assessment for English courses.

More about English Placement

  • North Idaho College offers two math placement options for its students. The first is the NIC Easy Math Placement, which is tailored specifically to the curriculum at NIC. NIC Easy Math Placement is best to take first before the ALEKS. The second is ALEKS, a system used nationwide to assess students' readiness for college-level math courses. Having these options allows students to demonstrate their proficiency in math and determine the appropriate level of coursework for their skills and academic goals.

NIC Easy Math Placement

ALEKS Math Placement