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Bldg B, Room B115, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7150/7219
Fax: 847-608-5474
Hours: M-Th 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; F & Sa: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays  - June - Aug.

No tests will be administered 90 minutes prior to the scheduled closing time.

Compass Math Placement Test

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Many ECC classes now carry minimum competency requirements.
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A valid photo I.D. is required for all testing.

The following items are prohibited from testing area:

  • Cell phones
  • Electronic devices
  • Hats
  • Coats
  • Bags
  • Books

No tests will be administered 90 minutes prior to the scheduled closing time.

Testing results are commonly used to assess preparedness for college and placement in appropriate course work. Because ECC wants you to succeed, placement testing is essential!

Placement Tests

Students are advised to send their transcripts and ACT scores or complete the ECC placement tests as early as possible to have the best selection of courses and course times. Get details»

Who Needs It

  • Students who will be completing an ECC degree or certificate program that requires satisfaction of writing, reading and/or math minimum competency requirements. View the minimum competencies procedures»
  • Students wishing to enroll in courses requiring placement testing prerequisites, if they are unable to meet the prerequisite through ACT scores or prior college coursework.
  • Students who received below a 20 on their English ACT sub-score, below an 18 on their reading ACT sub-score or below a 23 on their math sub-score.

Students may not register without either:

  1. appropriate ACT or SAT scores
  2. appropriate scores on ECC placement tests
  3. appropriate college transcripts

Note: Students with a SAT math score of 540 or above, or SAT reading score of 450 or above, or a SAT writing score of 490 or above , do not need to take the math, reading or English essay placement test respectively. ACT and SAT MATH scores are valid for 2 years from the date the test is taken. All students must meet course prerequisites.

Placement Testing Workshops

Workshops are held each month for students who need to refresh their knowledge of English, math or reading prior to placement testing. Get details»

How It Works

Most placement tests are not timed.

  • A completed ECC application for admission on file prior to testing
  • Bring your photo ID, ECC ID number, a pencil and a calculator (for  Math Placement Test)
  • Allow three hours to take the three tests (reading, essay writing and math). More»
  • Students are only allowed to take a placement test twice (once the student starts the math, reading or English class sequence, placement testing is not allowed).  View placement test appeals»
  • Reading and math placement results are available as soon as possible. English placement test results may take as long as 14 business days. Please plan accordingly to have the English placement test results completed prior to registration. All placement test results can be viewed on accessECC Portal.

Types of Testing

Types of Testing
Walk-In Testing
Placement tests (ESL, GED/pre-GED, math, reading, English composition) Get details» | preparation for COMPASS math placement test | testing scores summary
Constitution Test for Completion of HS GED
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Telecourses Get details»
Tests By Appointment - stop by or call 847-214-7219
Advanced Placement Testing Get details»
CLEP - College Level Examination Program ECC has suspended CLEP testing until further notice effective 6/1/2014. Please visit for other testing centers. Get details» | download instructions | testing fee form
Nursing Programs and How to Register for CNA Test Get details»| CNA test dates
PSB - Health Occupations Aptitude Examination for all healthcare programs Current PSB Workshops | Current PSB Testing Dates and Instructions |  testing fee form | PSB-HOA Pre-Test Instructions | PSB-HOA Post Test Instructions
Proctored tests from other schools
ECC no longer administers the Prometric certification tests for computer science. Until further notice, ECC has suspended administering Pearson Vue certification exams in computer science. Students are urged to contact Pearson Vue or Prometric for an appointment and test information.
ACT - WorkKeys® ECC administers the Internet version of WorkKeys on Tuesdays. Students must make an appointment to take the WorkKeys test at least one week prior to the test date. Get details | download WorkKeys testing fee form -  student | employer

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