Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognizes that student success in college coursework is directly related to appropriate course placement. Therefore, IECC uses multiple measures to determine student placement in college‐level courses and admission to a degree or certificate program. The results of these measures will improve the quality of education and enhance student success through academic advisement, assessment of students’ academic skills and provision of needed support services. Multiple measures for placement include analysis of:
- Nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc. (Testing must have been completed within the past 3 years.)
- Analysis of high school or college transcripts including course work completed and grade point average; and remedial and/or previous college coursework completed.
- If 1 and 2 are not available or do not meet the course placement requirements, additional placement testing may be required.
- TOEFL testing of all students whose first language is not English. (Additional information can be found here and applies to US Citizens as well as International.) TOEFL test exemptions may be made to those who are fluent in English at the consent of the International Director (International Students) or College Academic Advisor (Domestic Students).
A review and analysis of the multiple measures for placement and placement testing is necessary before full‐time registration and prior to enrolling in college level courses. Remedial courses may be warranted based on the results of this analysis.
ACCUPLACER Testing Information
The colleges administer ACCUPLACER for course placement and admission into select degree and certificate programs. ACCUPLACER is a placement test used to determine students' skill levels in reading, English, and math and assists in placing students in the appropriate courses. Additional ACCUPLACER information, free resources, and sample test questions are available at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.
There is no charge for the first test. For more information and/or to sign up to take ACCUPLACER, click on the college link below:
Remedial and college preparatory courses are designed to bring basic skills in mathematics, English, and reading comprehension to a level generally expected of entering college students. Credits earned in remedial and college preparatory courses cannot be applied toward a certificate or an associate degree and are not calculated in the grade point average.
Remedial and college preparatory courses must be completed for certificates of 16 hours or more and all degrees. Remedial and college preparatory courses need to be completed prior to or concurrently with enrollment in a college-level course in the same area of study.
Remedial reading courses will be given priority over other remedial courses and must be taken first. Placement in other remedial courses will be based on the student’s program of study. Non-degree students who may later elect to seek a degree, GECC Credential, or certificate of more than 16 credit hours must meet all regular admission and placement requirements.
Students requiring remedial coursework may require enrollment in an additional term to complete graduation requirements. However, in some cases it may be possible for students to take remedial or college preparatory courses and degree, GECC Credential, or certificate courses in the same semester if all of the above conditions are met.