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!
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.
Workshops are held each month for students who need to refresh their knowledge of English, math or reading prior to placement testing.
Most placement tests are not timed.
Stop by or call 847-214-7219.
Instructions for the following proctored exams:
HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
Students in ECC’s HVAC courses may apply for certain certifications, including EPA608 and residential exams. A fee is required for the EPA608 exam. Contact George Rosa for certification details: 847-214-7871, Building O, Room O153,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for HVAC exam
Students who are Heritage speakers and/or who have previous knowledge of the language are encouraged to consider seeking proficiency credit. Some students may be interested in seeking proficiency credit after taking the WebCape.Students should obtain a Proficiency form from their academic advisor and discuss the amount of proficiency credit based on their Spanish knowledge and/or WebCape placement. Students should discuss with their academic advisor the number of credit hours needed to satisfy their graduation and/or requirements for their transfer institution. Contact an ECC advisor, Bldg B. Room B120, 847-214-7390 for more information.
The Spanish language proficiency test includes a multiple choice test and written essay to be completed in the Testing Center. After scores are tabulated, students will be contacted by a Spanish faculty member for an in-person or phone interview.
Students who have completed the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam should consult the AP Credit Chart located at
elgin.edu/testing and click on the link for more details about Advanced Placement. A minimum score of 3 is required to receive college credit through Advanced Placement.
Register for Spanish Proficiency exam
WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. Through a series of tests, a person’s foundational and soft skills are measured. The goal of completing WorkKeys® testing is to prove your skills and be successful in your career. Visit the
WorkKeys© website for details.
Currently, ECC offers nine internet-based WorkKeys® exams:
- Applied Math
- Applied Technology
- Locating information
- Reading for Information
- Business Writing*
- Performance Assessment
- Fit Assessment
- Workplace Observation
- Talent assessment
*Business Writing test results are available in 3-5 business days. All other exam results are available immediately.
ECC also offers a study program for the WorkKeys® exams called Key Train
keytrain.com/keytrain.asp. Call the Career Development Services Office, Building B, room B120, 847-214-7399,
elgin.edu/careerservices for more information.
Successful completion of the WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning a
National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States.
Before registering, read the following information:
- WorkKeys® exams are administered by appointment in the Testing Center, Building B, Room B115.
- Fees are due on the day of the test and are non-refundable.
- Check the fees listed for your exam.
- On the day of exam, bring a government–issued photo ID with signature.
Download testing fee forms:
Teacher’s Aide Testing Using WorkKeys
Candidates wishing to work as teacher’s aides take three WorkKeys exams, including applied math, reading for information, and business writing. For information on the teacher’s aide certificate visit
Register for a WorkKeys exam
Proctored Exams from Other Schools
ECC provides proctoring services for other colleges, universities, and companies. Proctored exams include Remote Compass® Tests, Columbia College tests, Accuplacer tests, and Accuplacer tests for Northern Illinois University students.
- Submit your school’s proctor request form to the testing manager at
email@example.com or send via mail to Elgin Community College, Testing Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.
- Call the Testing Center at 847-214-7150 at least 24 hours prior to your test date to verify the testing information has been received from your institution
- Check in at Testing Center, Building B, Room B115 on your test date with a valid photo ID.
- All exams require a valid, government-issued, photo ID.
- Tests are administered by appointment, which must be made with a minimum of 48 hours advance notice.
- A non-refundable fee $25 proctor fee is due on the day of testing.
- Rescheduling is allowed.
- When making an appointment, you agree to all of the terms set forth by the guidelines. Please review these guidelines before making an appointment, and call the office 847-214-7150 with any questions.
Accuplacer Testing (for NIU students)
Students from Northern Illinois University (NIU) generally take the reading and math tests from NIU and only need to register for the NIU Accuplacer test at ECC.
Register for an Accuplacer for NIU Students
Accuplacer Testing (students not attending NIU)
If you attend another university or college, you can take your college’s Accuplacer test on site at ECC. Contact your college to request Accuplacer testing at ECC.
Submit your school’s proctor request form to the testing manager either by e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. mail. Send to Elgin Community College, Testing Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.
collegeboard.org/accuplacer for more details about the Accuplacer exam.
Register for an Accuplacer - (students not attending NIU)
Columbia College of Missouri Tests
ECC proctors online midterm and final exams for Columbia College of Missouri students.
- Columbia College students must contact their instructors by Week 2 (per syllabus instructions)
- Indicate that Victoria Roush is the proctor
- Ask the exam to be submitted via the Columbia College D2L drop box for Elgin.
- Call the Testing Center at 847-214-7150 at least one day prior to your test date to verify we have received the testing information.
Columbia College students may visit the Proctor Information page at
ccis.edu/online/academics/proctor.asp?Elgin or contact Karen Beckstrom, Columbia College director at ECC, with any questions on the testing procedures, 847-214-7197,
email@example.com, Bldg. E, Room E205.
Register for Columbia College of Missouri
Remote Compass Testing From Other Schools
If you attend another university or college, you can take your college’s Compass® test on site at ECC. You must contact your college to register for a “Remote Compass Test” at Elgin Community College before making an appointment to test at ECC.
The Compass® test is an untimed examination taken on computer. You do not need computer skills to take the test; it is extremely user-friendly and is less stressful than traditional paper and pencil tests.
Compass® tests measure current skills in writing, reading and math, and the results are used to select the appropriate level of English and math courses for you. Testing time varies. Photo ID required.
For more information, visit Compass website at
Register for Remote Compass® Placement Exam