Immigrant Student Admission
All students interested in admission to Hawkeye Community College are required to take the free ACCUPLACER assessment, or equivalent. The ACCUPLACER assessment provides information about your academic skills in reading, writing, and math. This information is used to determine if and what preparatory coursework you will need before full acceptance into your program of study at Hawkeye.
Learn more about the ACCUPLACER assessment, testing locations and hours, and how to schedule your assessment.
Your assessment scores will determine your next steps:
English for Academic Purposes classes are required: It is recommended for you to improve your academic reading, writing, and listening in English skills by enrolling in English for Academic Purposes classes.
College preparatory coursework is required: College preparatory courses will help you improve your academic reading, writing, and math skills. Please keep in mind these classes are designed for students whose first language is English. You may wish to improve your academic reading, writing, and listening in English skills before taking the college preparatory coursework by enrolling in English for Academic Purposes classes.
No additional coursework is required: If your ACCUPLACER scores place you in transfer level courses, you do not need to take college preparatory classes before enrolling in your program of study coursework, however, the kind of English needed to study and learn in college successfully is different and very formal. You may wish to improve your academic reading, writing, and listening in English skills by enrolling in English for Academic Purposes classes.
What is English for Academic Purposes?
Academic English is different from everyday spoken English. Everyday spoken English is less formal and may be spoken with improper grammar, for example, when you are talking to your friends.
Academic English is used in school when:
- Reading to help you understand your study materials.
- Writing to complete your assignments.
- Listening to lectures and taking notes.
- Describing an object, situation, process, or how something works.
- Explaining something.
English for Academic Purposes classes will help improve your academic English and get you ready for college level classes. You will be able to practice your writing, listening, and speaking in English skills in a safe space with others that are learning along with you.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Test
If English is not your first language and you want to improve your academic reading, writing, and listening in English skills, you should take the free English for Academic Purposes test in addition to the ACCUPLACER assessment. The English for Academic Purposes test will help us determine which English for Academic Purposes course level you should begin with.
This paper and pencil test consists of three parts: Reading (70 minutes), Writing (90 minutes), and Listening (30 minutes). You can finish the three tests in one day, or finish one or two tests and come back for the rest on a different day.
Scheduling your English for Academic Purposes Test
To schedule your English for Academic Purposes test, email Yumiko Uchiyama-Hansen or call 319-296-4029.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Classes
English for Academic Purposes classes are different because they are designed for students whose first language is not English. Class sizes are kept small so you get more focused, individualized instruction.
Teachers in English for Academic Purposes classes:
- Are trained to help you with questions about English grammar and writing.
- Can help you read academic material, understand academic textbooks, and work with the words you do not know.
- Can answer your questions about the American classroom and culture.
- Are highly qualified to fill in the gaps of your understanding.
Study Skills Lab Course
The English for Academic Purposes study skills lab course, ESL020, may be required before taking intermediate classes, but can also be taken independently while in your intermediate or advanced level English for Academic Purposes classes.
Intermediate Level Classes
Advanced Level Classes