College Testing

There are three tests that may be required for admission to colleges and universities.  Students should research which tests are most appropriate for their post-secondary plans.

When taking any of these tests, you will need to report Walnut Creek Campuses’ code to the testing agency. The Walnut Creek Campus code is 164626.

College Admission

ACT Testing

The ACT is the most widely accepted exam for college and universities in the Midwest.  The majority of college-bound students in the West Des Moines School District will take the ACT.   Registration deadlines are typically six weeks prior to the test.  Students may pick up registration information in the Guidance office or register online.  Upcoming dates and additional information are available online.

SAT Testing

The SAT is the test of choice for many colleges and universities on the coasts and certain selected midwestern schools. The SAT includes a Critical Reading, mathematics, and writing section. The SAT subject tests are sometimes requested or required by certain colleges and universities. A complete listing of the SAT dates and times can be found on-line. Students may register on-line or pick up a packet in the Guidance office.


The Accuplacer test is commonly required for placement purposes at the community colleges.  It is a free test that can be taken during the registration process at DMACC. Students should contact their college of choice to schedule this exam.  It may not be required if the student has taken the ACT. If a student scores a 19 on the ACT no Accuplacer test is required. Walnut Creek Campus invites DMACC to administer the Accuplacer test several times a year. Please check with Leah to find out more information.


The ALEKS is a math placement assessment required for students who are planning to attend DMACC and are not going to take or report ACT scores. Students will be able to take the assessment once they have applied to DMACC. Students already enrolled in DMACC courses do not need to create a quick app to access the test, but will need to have their DMACC ID, PIN and password in order to take the test (this will be communicated via email to students who currently have a DMACC record). To obtain instructions please go to this website:

College Credit

AP Exams

For detailed information on the AP Exams visit the following website:

Other Testing


Career Exploration Program Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
2500 University Avenue; West Des Moines, IA 50266-1480; Phone (515)-224-9715

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is one tool that can help you assess your strengths in areas important to the career world. The ASVAB measures developed abilities and predicts what a person may accomplish with further training or education.  It also provides measures of general learning ability that are useful for predicting performance in academic areas. Scores from the tests are useful in both civilian and military career counseling. The ASVAB is a battery of ten short tests that cover the areas of general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, numerical operations, coding speed, auto and shop information, mechanical comprehension, and electronics information. The results of the ten tests are then combined to give three academic scores that can help identify career areas in which you might be interested.