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Placement Test Appeals 4.404

Note: FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records, but these rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a postsecondary institution regardless of age. This law prohibits staff from discussing a student’s placement testing with the parents without prior written consent. This law will be observed by all staff. Parents who need more explanation regarding review of their student’s educational record may be referred to the Registrar or Dean of Students.

Students may place into reading, writing, and math classes through the following options: appropriate score on the ACT, AP credit, Elgin Community College’s placement tests, CLEP exam for English 101. The ECC placement tests or the CLEP College Composition Modular Exam with Essay may be appealed.

A student may take each of Elgin Community College’s reading, math, or writing placement tests twice before taking a class in those areas. A student may retake the CLEP exam 6 months after each attempt.

After retesting, if said student is still not satisfied with his or her results and wants to appeal the placement, he or she must follow this procedure for the reading and writing placement tests:

  1. The student must contact the Testing Center manager to fill out an appeal form, requesting a review of placement and stating reasons why the test result did not accurately reflect his/her level of competency.
  2. The appeal form is sent to the appropriate subject coordinator.
  3. Upon receipt of the appeal form, the subject coordinator requests any test material needed from the testing manager.
  4. The subject coordinator may present the test material and the appeal to a committee in his/her area for discussion, review, and final decision.
  5. The subject coordinator returns the form to the testing manager who contacts the student with the decision.

For math, the appeal procedure is as follows:

  1. The student notifies the Testing Center manager to fill out an appeal form, requesting a review of the placement and stating reasons why the test result did not accurately reflect his/her level of competency.
  2. The appeal form is sent to the subject coordinator.
  3. Upon receipt of the appeal form, the subject coordinator requests any test material needed from the testing manager.
  4. The subject coordinator may present the test material and the appeal to a committee in his/her area for discussion, review, and final decision.
  5. The subject coordinator returns the form to the testing manager who contacts the student with the decision.
  6. The testing manager may give the student the name of one of the math co-coordinators and contact information.

The decision in all placement test situations may be one of the following:

  • the student may retake the placement test again.
  • the student may retake the CLEP exam six months after each attempt.
  • the student is placed into the desired class.
  • the student is told the placement stands.

All decisions will be made in 15 business days or less. All decisions are final.