Testing Scores Summary

College readiness can be demonstrated through any one of the following ways:

  1. Test Scores - ECC accepts ACT®, SAT®, PARCC®, HiSet®, and high school equivalency test scores to satisfy minimum competency requirements. See placement test scores chart for more information.
  2. High School Transition Coursework - If you have successfully completed a high school transition math or English course with a C or better, you will be placed according to the Transition Course completed. Please submit official 8th semester high school transcripts to the ECC Registration & Records Office for review.
  3. High School GPA -  If you have earned a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale, you can be placed into college-level English and any course with English as a minimum competency. If you have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale with successful completion of a C or better in both semesters of a 4th year of math, you can be placed into certain college-level math courses. Students wishing to place into college-level algebra must also take the ALEKS placement test. Please submit your official 8th semester high school transcript to the ECC Registration & Records Office for review.
  4. Prior College Coursework - If you have taken courses at another college or university, you may have satisfied minimum competency requirements. Please submit official college transcripts to the ECC Registration & Records Office for review.
  5. Early College Credit - ECC accepts advanced placement (AP), college-level examination program (CLEP), and international baccalaureate (IB) exams. AP scores must be a minimum of 3. CLEP scores must be a minimum of 50. For ENG 101 credit, you must take the College Composition Modular & Essay exam; on that test, you must earn a minimum of 50 and pass the essay portion. IB scores must be a minimum of 4. For more information on the course credit awarded, review our advanced testing information.
  6. ECC Placement Tests - If you have not taken the ACT®, SAT®, PARCC®, HiSet®, or high school equivalency tests or if you do not meet any of the criteria listed above, you must take ECC’s placement tests in reading, writing, and/or math. If you meet the college-readiness math requirement and want to enroll into MTH 114, MTH 120, MTH 125, MTH 126, or MTH 190, you will also need to take the ALEKS placement assessment.

Note: ACT Math, SAT Math, and ALEKS Math placement scores are valid for two years. ACT Reading or Writing, SAT Reading and Writing, and ECC’s Reading and Writing placement scores are valid for five years from the date the test is taken. All students must meet course prerequisites.

Test Scores

Placement Scores Chart

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

Placment Scoring Criteria
TestReadingWritingMath
ACT 19 Reading 19 English 22 Math
SAT
(before March 2016)
450 Reading 490 Verbal No longer valid
New SAT
(March 2016 or later)
480 Reading & Writing 480 Reading & Writing 530 Math
High School Equivalency
GED 165 165 165
HiSet 15 15 Plus essay score of 4 15

Math Placement Scores Chart

This chart covers the mathematics college-readiness requirements at Elgin Community College. ECC strongly encourages students to begin their math sequence their first semester. Please check the catalog for any additional college-readiness requirements that may also be required based on your program of study.

Choosing Your First Math Course at ECC


This chart is designed to help you and your ECC academic advisor determine your math course placement. There are many ways for you to demonstrate you are college-ready in mathematics, including high school GPA, SAT, ACT, AP credit, and transfer credit scores - which are all outlined here. It’s also important that you understand the math sequence required for your particular program of study and/or transfer school, so we strongly recommend consulting with your academic advisor before registering.

Geometry Prerequisite

In addition to the criteria outlined in this chart, ECC’s geometry prerequisite is required for MTH 110 transfer level math courses and higher. The geometry prerequisite can be demonstrated by any of the following: 

  1. Score of 22 or higher on ACT.
  2. Score of 530 or higher on SAT.
  3. C or better in 2 semesters of high school geometry.
  4. Score of 46 or higher on the ALEKS placement assessment.
  5. C or better in MTH 097 or equivalent from another regionally accredited college.
  6. Score of 56 or higher on the ALEKS geometry assessment.
  7. C or better in a High School Transition to college algebra course.
  8. C or better in a 4th year math course with unweighted high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on six semesters.

Do Math Placement Scores Expire?

SAT, ACT, and ALEKS test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Transitional math course eligibility expires 18 months after course completion.

If you have not enrolled in your first math course within two years after taking the ALEKS math placement assessment, you must take the ALEKS placement assessment again to enroll in a math course. Once you have enrolled in a math course at ECC, you will not be eligible to retake the placement assessment unless you earn a grade of A in your first math course taken at ECC. If you return to ECC after several years, you may continue the math sequence started or appeal to take the math placement assessment.

Math Placement Chart
Test/AssessmentScore/GradeCourse Placement OptionsALEKS RequiredCollege Credit For
ACT 22-27 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112* 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* -
ACT 28 or higher MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* - -
SAT
(after March 2016)
530-659 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112* 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* -
SAT
(after March 2016)
660 or higher MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* - -
GED 165 or higher

MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*

120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* -
HiSet 15 or higher MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112* 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* -
High school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale based on a minimum of six (6) semesters excluding summer with successful completion of a 4th year of math with a C or better in both semesters C or better MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110* 112* (score of 30-45) -
Successful completion of an appropriate developmental course(s) at a regionally accredited college or university equivalent C or better MTH 107 (appropriate course equivalent MTH 090), MTH 102 or 104 (appropriate course equivalent MTH 095, 098, 099), MTH 110* (appropriate course equivalent, MTH 097, 098, 099), MTH 112* (appropriate course equivalent MTH 097, 098, 099) - -
HS Transition to Technical Math Course within 18 months C or better MTH 107 - -
HS Transition to Quantitative Literacy and Statistics course within 18 months C or better MTH 107, 102 or 104 - -
HS Transition to College Algebra course within 18 months C or better MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112* - -
AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC 3 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 210* - MTH 190
AP Calculus BC 4 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 230* or 240* - MTH 190 or 210
AP Statistics 3 MTH 107 MTH 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* MTH 102
AP Statistics 4 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*,114* or 125* or 126* MTH 190* MTH 120
CLEP College Algebra 50 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126* - MTH 112
CLEP Calculus 50 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114 or 125 or 126*, 210* - MTH 190
IB Mathematical SL/Mathematical HL 4-7 MTH 107, 110*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126* - MTH 102 or 112
IB Further Mathematics HL 4-7 MTH 107, 110*, 112*, 120*, 125* or 126 - MTH 102, 114
IB Further Mathematics HL 6-7 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 210* - MTH 190
IB Mathematical Studies SL 4-7 MTH 107 MTH 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190* MTH 102
IB Mathematics HL 6-7 MTH 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 125* or 126* - MTH 114

*Requires geometry prerequisite

ALEKS Placement Assessment


If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you must take the ALEKS placement assessment to determine your first math course at ECC.

ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Preparation

Preparing for your ALEKS math assessment is essential. You have several options:

  • Check out the free trial before taking the assessment for the first time at aleks.com/free_trial. You will register as a student and choose the level of math you have studied in high school. You should complete the free ALEKS trial before you take the actual ALEKS placement for the first time.
  • Take a math preparation workshop
    • Cost is $10.
    • Register online or in person.

ALEKS is designed to be taken multiple times in order to allow you to brush up and provide the best possible placement. You must wait at least 24 hours between attempts however and complete the required prep and learning modules between attempts. Learn more about ALEKS

Accessing Your Math Placement Scores

You will receive your ALEKS score when you complete the assessment. Scores are also available on accessECC through the self-service app. Test summary is located within the academic planning section.

ALEKS Placement Assessment Chart
ScoreCourse Placement
0-13 MTH 190
14-25 MTH 090, 095, 096
14-251 MTH 090, 095, 096, 099, 107
26-29 MTH 090, 095, 096, 099, 107
30-41 MTH 090, 095, 096, 099, 098, 107
30-45 MTH 098, 107, 102 B01 or 104 B01
30-452 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104
30-453 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*
42-45 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104
46-60 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*
61-75 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*
76-100 MTH 098, 107, 102 or 104, 110*, 112*, 120*, 114* or 125* or 126*, 190*

1With an unweighted high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on a minimum of six (6) semesters of secondary coursework, excluding summer.

2With unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on a minimum of six (6) semesters of secondary coursework, excluding summer, and two semesters of HS Algebra II with a C or better.

3With unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on a minimum of six (6) semesters of secondary coursework, excluding summer, and two semesters of HS Algebra II with a C or better and two semesters of HS geometry with a C or better.

*Requires geometry prerequisite