Placement, Testing, & Developmental Education

Student Placement

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:

  1. Review of nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc. (Testing must have been completed within the past 3 years.)

  2. Analysis of high school or college transcripts, including course work completed and grade point average; and developmental and/or previous college coursework completed.

  3. If 1 and 2 are not available or do not meet the course placement requirements, additional placement testing may be required. (See ACCUPLACER Testing Information below.)

  4. ACCUPLACER ESL testing of students for whom English is not their first language.*  This test consists of 4 multiple choice sections: Language Use, Listening, Reading, and Sentence Skills. Grading is based on a scale of 20 to 120 points. The results will determine whether the student will: 

  • begin academic course work;

  • begin a combination of academic courses and ESL classes; or

  • begin only ESL classes.

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. Developmental courses may be warranted based on the results of this analysis. 

* 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).

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

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: 

Testing Information

Testing Information 

Testing Information 

Testing Information

Developmental Education

Developmental education focuses on aiding students in achieving their full potential on their journey to college completion. A significant key in this achievement is preparation. Developmental courses are designed to better prepare a student to succeed in college-level courses. The successful completion of developmental courses will bring basic skills in English, mathematics, and reading comprehension to a level generally expected of entering college students. Those seeking a degree or certificate (of 16 hours or more) are required to enroll in developmental courses when it’s been determined the additional coursework will be beneficial to their college success story.  

Developmental reading courses are a priority over other developmental courses and must be taken first. Placement in other developmental coursework will be based on the student’s program of study. Developmental courses need to be completed prior to, or concurrently with, enrollment in a college-level course in the same area of study.  

Credits earned in developmental courses cannot be applied toward a certificate or degree and are not calculated in the grade point average.