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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.

Placement Tests

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test

ECC offers English as a second language (ESL) classes in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for non-native English speakers. An assessment of English skills helps determine appropriate placement and success in classes.Please call the Adult Basic Education Center for more information at 847-214-6904.

For information regarding intensive ESL (immersion English), please call 847-214-7163.

English/Writing Placement Test

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Enrollment in any English course (ENG prefix) is contingent upon certain criteria. ENG 101 and 102 fulfill general education requirements in communication for ECC degrees and transfer. ACT, SAT and English Essay placement test scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken.

Any student wishing to take an English (ENG prefix) course must take the ECC English placement test OR meet one of the following criteria:

  1. 20 or higher on the English portion of the ACT; or
  2. Successful completion of English 098 at ECC; or
  3. Attain the specified level from the ECC English placement test.

Allow two hours to adequately write the essay. English placement test results may take as long as 14 business days.Please plan accordingly to have the English placement testresults completed prior to registration.All placement testresults can be viewed onaccessECC Portal.

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For placement into advanced English composition (ENG 102), students must have successfully completed ENG 101 with a C or better at ECC or its equivalent at another college; or successfully complete the standardized CLEP Examination for ENG 101 and the ECC writing sample; or score 4 or better on the Advanced Placement Examination in English language and composition test. CLEP and AP studentsreceive confirmation at their home within fourtosix weeks after the test.

GED/Pre-GED Placement Test

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Students interested inpre-GED and GED classes shouldcall the Adult Basic Education Center at 847-214-6904. An assessment of academic skills helps determine appropriate placement and success in classes.

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Math Placement Test

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Math requirements vary greatly based on a student’s major, degree or certificate. To ensure choosing the correct math course to fulfill your major, speak with a counselor before registering.

Any student wishing to take a mathematics (MTH prefix) course must take the ECC math placement test OR meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Students with a math ACT score of 23* or higher or SAT math score of 540 or higher fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in the following entry-level classes: MTH 101, 102, 104, 110, or MTH 112.
  2. Students with a math ACT score of 28 or higher fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in MTH 114, 120, 125, 126 or MTH 133.
  3. Successful completion of a transfer college-level mathematics course at another institution with a grade of "C" or better.

*Note: Even though a score of 23 will exempt you from the placement exam, you may wish to take ECC’s math placement test to qualify for higher-level math courses. ACT, SAT, and COMPASS math placement test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

Allow one hour for ECC's Math Placement Test and bring a calculator and a pencil. No appointment is required. No fee is charged. Results are issued to students upon completion of the test. To determine final placement, the student is encouraged to meet with an ECC counselor to review test scores and high school and/or college transcripts. If a student does not have a high school and/or college transcripts on file, only the ECC Math Placement Test scores will be used to determine final placement.

Preparation for COMPASS Math Placement Test

MyMathTest is a free program, only available to students who plan to take or retake the COMPASS math placement test. Get step-by-step instructions, study aides, watch videos and much more! Download instructions

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If a student does not have high school and/or college transcripts and/or ACT scores on file in the ECC Records Office, onlyECC math placement test scores will be used to determine final placement.

Reading Placement Test

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Some courses or programs carry a reading prerequisite. Checkcourse prerequisites or other course requirements to see if you need this test, or ask your counselor. ACT, SAT, and Compass Reading placement test scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken.

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An ACT reading score of 18 or a COMPASS reading score of 80 satisfies the reading minimum competencies for ECC.

Spanish Language Placement

Students choosing to register for any language courses should consult the prerequisite language level needed for each course. This should be done in order to determine which course is appropriate for them given any previous high school, prior college coursework, or Heritage speaker status.

  • Students with no previous background in Spanish should enroll in SPN 101 – Elementary Spanish I.
  • Students who speak Spanish at home but have not had any or have had little formal education in the Spanish language should enroll in SPN 251 – Spanish for Spanish Speakers or complete the WebCAPE Spanish placement exam for course placement. Please see an academic advisor for a referral form to take the Spanish language placement exam.
  • Students who are Heritage Speakers are encouraged to seek proficiency credit.
  • Students who are unsure of their Spanish language skills should consult with their academic advisor and may be provided a Spanish Placement Advisor Referral Form in order to take the WebCAPE Spanish placement exam prior to registering. The WebCAPE exam is designed to determine the appropriate Spanish course in which the student should enroll. It is advised that students register for Spanish in the next available term after taking the placement exam prior to the start of the term. Placement scores will expire after two years.
Scores and Placement
WebCAPE Score Recommended Course Placement
Below 270 Spanish 101
270 - 345 Spanish 102
346 - 427 Spanish 201
Above 427 Spanish 202
600 + Heritage Speaker Spanish 211, 251 or 261


 
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