Placement Testing Review Workshops

The workshops described on this page review the basic math, English, and reading concepts needed when taking placements tests at Elgin Community College. These workshops are optional and non-credit.

Workshop summaries:

  • Math: Review basic and intermediate algebra.
  • English: This workshop discusses how to write a 400-word essay on a topic that will be given to you. Your placement will be assessed on how well you develop, organize, and support the topic of your essay. Your placement also depends on your understanding of form, variety of sentence structure, and correct grammar.
  • Reading: Review the skills needed to read a passage and answer questions accurately. The workshop will also cover the test design as well as the main idea, vocabulary in context, transitions, and paragraph patterns.

To register for a workshop:

  1. Complete the non-credit form and take it to Registration (Building B, Room B105, 847-214-7393).
  2. Pay the $10 fee at Student Accounts (Building B, Room B166, 847-214-7380) by cash, check, or charge.

Please note:

  • These workshops are open only to ECC students or individuals who plan to enroll at ECC.
  • You must pre-register; see above.
  • No refunds.
  • Receipt of payment must be brought to the class.
  • ECC reserves the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment. Class will be canceled if fewer than five students are enrolled. You will be refunded ONLY if classes are canceled.
  • Dates, times and rooms are subject to change.

Math Workshops


Saturdays, Noon to 3 p.m.
2019 DatesCourse CodeBuilding G Room Number
January 12 CPC-588-101 G226
January 26 CPC-588-102 G226
February 9 CPC-588-103 G226
February 23 CPC-588-104 G226
March 9 CPC-588-105 G226
March 23 CPC-588-106 G226
April 13 CPC-588-107 G226
April 27 CPC-588-108 G226
May 11 CPC-588-109 G226

English Workshops


Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
2019 DatesCourse CodeBuilding F Room Number
January 10 CPC-589-101 F224
February  14 CPC-589-102 G226
March 14 CPC-589-103 G226
April 11 CPC-589-104 G226
May 9 CPC-589-105 G226

Reading Workshops


Currently none available.

  • Currently, there are no workshops offered for reading. You are encouraged to prepare independently.
  • Information about the reading placement test and how to prepare for it is available here.
  • For more information, contact Tina Ballard, 847-214-7933, Building B, Room B281.