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Advanced Testing

Looking for ways to speed up the completion of your degree and career goal? Up to 50 percent of credit hours required for a degree or certificate can be earned through proficiency exams. Here's how.

Advanced Placement Tests

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests may be used to fulfill ECC course requirements in a variety of areas. They are nationally standardized, subject-specific tests taken at your high school after completing an Advanced Placement course. ECC courses which may be proficiencied by successfully completing Advanced Placement exams are shown here along with the AP score required for credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Charts

CLEP Testing

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of nationally standardized tests offered by appointment at the ECC Testing Center during regular hours. These computerized tests are usually best suited for those with considerable academic and life experiences. Students may take as many CLEP tests as they wish, most tests requiring 90 minutes to complete. Instructions

Students who wish to receive proficiency credit for English Composition I (ENG 101) must complete a two-step CLEP testing process. The first step is to pass the College Composition Modular exam with a score of 50 or higher. This exam includes approximately 90 multiple-choice items that measures knowledge of the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and ability to apply the principles of standard written English. Once the exam is passed, the students complete two essays within 90 minutes. The essays may be written on a computer. In one of the two essays, the student must develop a position by building an argument by synthesizing information from two provided sources, with citations. Each essay is read and scored independently by three ECC English department faculty. Each essay is evaluated against the student learning outcomes for ENG 101 English Composition I. Students will be contacted with the final essay score results approximately 3 to 10 business days after the essay is completed. For more information CLEP, visit

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Call Academic & Transfer Advising for an appointment to discuss whether these tests are appropriate for you – building B, room B120, ECC Campus, 847-214-7390. Call the Testing Center in advance of when you want to take a CLEP test to make an appointment – building B, room B115, ECC Campus, 847-214-7219.

ECC Proficiency Program

Proficiency credit earned at other accredited institutions is accepted at ECC if it applies to the degree or certificate the student intends to complete at ECC, and the institution recorded the proficiency credit on the student’s official transcript. Proficiency request form | cost & fees»

This program is a series of measures created by ECC to evaluate the equivalency of your experiences, knowledge and talents to college courses. Contact the dean and instructor of the appropriate academic department at the college to explore ECC proficiency credit. In addition to written exams, some of the other ways you may earn credit are detailed as follows.


Vocalists, musicians, actors may perform for credit.

Native Language Proficiency

If English is your second language, you may test your native language, providing ECC has a qualified instructor, to earn college credit.

Portfolio Review

Graphic designers, artists and writers may have their bodies of work, exhibition experience, and published or purchased materials reviewed.

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