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
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.
Any student wishing to take an English (ENG prefix) course must take the ECC English placement test OR meet one of the following criteria:
- 20 or higher on the English portion of the ACT; or
- Successful completion of English 098 at ECC; or
- 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 test results completed prior to registration. All placement test results can be viewed on accessECC Portal.
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 students receive confirmation at their home within four to six weeks after the test.
GED/Pre-GED Placement Test
Students interested in pre-GED and GED classes should call the Adult Basic Education Center at 847-214-6904. An assessment of academic skills helps determine appropriate placement and success in classes.
Math Placement Test
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Useful Links & Literature
If a student does not have high school and/or college transcripts and/or ACT scores on file in the ECC Records Office, only ECC math placement test scores will be used to determine final placement.
Reading Placement Test
Some courses or programs carry a reading prerequisite. Check course prerequisites or other course requirements to see if you need this test, or ask your counselor.
ECC’s official reading placement test is the COMPASS reading test which supersedes the DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) test. An ACT reading score of 18 or a COMPASS reading score of 80 satisfies the reading minimum competencies for ECC.