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Course Placement, Testing and Remedial Courses

Course Placement
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognize 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.  

Multiple measures for placement are used to determine students’ readiness for college level courses and programs. 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:

     1.  Nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc.
     2.  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.

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

There is no charge for the first test. For more information and/or to sign up to take ACCUPLACER, proceed as follows based upon college of choice: 

Call the Student Services Office at 618-842-3711 or 877-464-3687 and speak with Advisement.

Contact the Learning Skills Center.

Testing and contact Information

Contact the Learning Skills Center

Remedial Courses
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.

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