Testing Center at elgin community college

ECC’s Testing Center offers placement tests, make-up exams, and much more.

Information regarding Testing Services.

Testing Services is offering remote testing for ReadingWritingMath, and Geometry placement. Use the remote testing form on the placement tests page to select the test or tests you would like to take.

Limited On-Campus Testing

If you do not have access to complete testing remotely, we are offering limited, appointment-only testing on-campus. Register for on-campus testing.

Testing can help make sure you’re taking the right classes and prepare you for your next step. Most of our services are designed for incoming ECC students, but we also offer tests for high school students and the broader community.

Testing Scores Summary

Placement Tests

If you’re an incoming ECC student, you may have to take placement tests in subjects like English and math to assess your skill levels and place you in the appropriate classes. The Testing Center offers workshops and practice tests to help you prepare for your placement exams. 

The Testing Center offers workshops and practice tests to help you prepare for your placement exams.


Who needs to take placement tests?

ECC has modified its placement scores and has adopted additional ways for you to demonstrate you are college-ready in reading, mathematics, and writing. Review the testing scores summary to determine if you need to take placement testing.

How do placement tests work and how can I prepare for my test?

Placement Testing Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops and practice tests to help you prepare for placement exams, and we encourage you to make the most of them. The more you practice, the better you’ll do!

Get more information about placement tests.

Make Up Exams

If you missed a test, talk to your instructor about possibly making it up in the testing center.

Testing Accommodations

If you have a documented accommodation and need to arrange for testing, please make an appointment with the coordinator of ADA and student disability services by calling 847-214-7390.

Our Policy

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 90 minutes prior to closing.
  13. Acts of dishonesty are subject to disciplinary actions.


Testing Center

Building B, Room B115
Fax: 847-608-5474

Summer Hours
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Fridays and Saturdays

No placement tests administered 90 minutes prior to closing. All other tests must be administered at least 60 minutes prior to closing.  All tests must be completed by testing center closing time.