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Bldg B, Room B115, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7150/7219
Fax: 847-608-5474
testing@elgin.edu
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.


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Compass Math Placement Test

Testing

  1. A Valid Photo-ID is required for all testing - driver license, passport, government issued ID card, military ID card, school ID with photo
  2. Children are not permitted in the Testing Center.
  3. Food, beverages, hats, caps, hoodies, coats, bags, purses, watches, large jewelry, sunglasses are not permitted in the Testing Room.
  4. Electronic devices, cell phones, mechanical pencils and personal items are not permitted in the Testing Room.  All electronic devices, cell phones must be turned OFF.
  5. Calculators or laptops are allowed for specific tests. If a personal calculator or laptop is allowed, it will be examined before testing.
  6. Open book/open note testing is only permitted with the consent of the testing company or home institution and the Testing Center has been notified in advance.
  7. Once a test is issued, it must be completed in one sitting.
  8. All non-related test material, cell phones, notes, etc. are to be left in your car, or locked in the testing center's lockers or security bags.
  9. Turn in all test material, scratch paper, rough drafts, notes, etc. to the testing personnel at the conclusion of testing.
  10. The testing area is a quiet area. No talking is allowed. Please be considerate of other test takers and maintain a quiet library-like atmosphere.
  11. The testing area is monitored by video surveillance cameras.
  12. Tests will not be administered 60 minutes prior to closing.
  13. Acts of dishonesty are subject to disciplinary actions.
 

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 orientation. All placement test results can be viewed on accessECC Portal.

Types of Testing

Walk-In Testing

Walk in testing
Placement tests (ESL, GED/pre-GED, math, reading, English composition, Spanish language) Get details» | preparation for COMPASS math placement test | testing scores summary  
Constitution Test for Completion of HS GED
 
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Make-ups

Test By Appointment

Stop by or call 847-214-7219.

Tests by appointment
Advanced Placement Testing Get details»  
CLEP - College Level Examination Program ECC has suspended CLEP testing until further notice effective 6/1/2014. Please visit www.clep.collegeboard.org 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 Exams

To ensure we have a seat for you, please register for your proctored exam.

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, grosa@elgin.edu.

Register for HVAC exam  

Spanish Proficiency
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  

Work Keys
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: Student Fees| Employer Fees  

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 isbe.net/licensure/html/paraprofessional.htm.

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  testing@elgin.edu 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.

Register for a Proctored Exams from Other Schools  

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 testing@elgin.eduor U.S. mail. Send to Elgin Community College, Testing Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.

Check 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, kbeckstrom@ccis.edu, Bldg. E, Room E205.

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