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Placement Testing


ECC’s Testing Center is available to assist you with placement tests, make-up tests, pre-enrollment assessment tests, certification exams, and more. Testing results are commonly used to evaluate your preparedness for college-level coursework, help you meet course or program requirements, and measure your knowledge of subject matter. Placement tests, in particular, determine whether you need to complete developmental courses before you can enroll in college-level, credit-bearing classes.

Understandably, students may prefer not to pay for and complete developmental courses before they can begin regular college course work. However, ECC data proves that students who complete required developmental courses fare better both in their grades and in reaching their personal goals than students who attempt college-level work before they are ready.

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.

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 (essay writing, reading, 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.

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»

Types of Testing

Walk-In Testing

Walk in testing
Type of Test Information
Placement tests (ESL, GED/pre-GED, math, reading, English composition, Spanish language) Get details» | preparation for math placement test» | testing score summary chart
Constitution Test for Completion of HS GED
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Tests By Appointment

Stop by or call 847-214-7219.

Tests by appointment
Type of Test Information
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Get details»
CLEP - College Level Examination Program Please visit for testing centers. Get details» | download instructions | testing fee form
IB Diploma Programme (DP) Get details»
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 below.

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,

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, Building 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. A minimum score of 3 is required to receive college credit through Advanced Placement. Get details»

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 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. Call the Career Development Services Office, Building B, Room B120, 847-214-7399, or visit 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 work keys testing fee form

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. Get more information on the teacher’s aide certificate

Register for a WorkKeys exam

Proctored Exams from Other Schools
ECC provides proctoring services for other colleges, universities, and companies. Proctored exams include 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 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 or U.S. mail. Send to Elgin Community College, testing center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.

Check 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 or contact Karen Beckstrom, Columbia College director at ECC, with any questions on the testing procedures. Call 847-214-7197, email, or stop-by Building E, Room E205.

Register for Columbia College of Missouri

Before You Take Your Test

  1. A valid photo ID is required for all testing such as: a driver license, passport, government issued ID card, military ID card or 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 and 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 such as: 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 testing materials including: 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.

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