Reading Placement Test
Testing Services is currently offering the reading placement test remotely.
Use the remote testing form to sign-up for the placement test.
Limited On-Campus Testing
If you do not have access to complete testing remotely, we are offering limited, appointment-only testing on-campus. Register for on-campus testing
To demonstrate college-ready reading skills, review the testing scores summary to determine if you need to take placement testing.
Reading Placement Test FAQ
Enrollment in any English course (ENG prefix) and many general education courses, such as Psychology, History, Sociology, etc., is based upon demonstration of college-ready reading and writing skills. To demonstrate college-ready reading skills, you must take the ECC Reading Placement Test or meet one of the following criteria:
- 19 or higher on the Reading portion of the ACT; 450 on SAT or PSAT verbal (before March 2016), or 480 on SAT reading and writing (effective March 2016); or
- 4 or higher on the PARCC reading and writing assessment; or
- Successful completion with a C or higher of RDG 091 or LTC 099 at ECC or equivalent course at a regionally accredited college (official transcripts required); or
- Successful completion with a C or better in college-level courses at another college/university (official transcripts required); or
- High School cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale; or
- GED score of 165 or higher or HiSet score of 15 or higher; or
- A minimum score on AP, CLEP, or IB exam.
- Attain the specified level on the ECC reading placement test.
Using a computer, you will read several texts then respond to multiple-choice questions using what you have read. There are 30 questions on the College Success reading placement test. Keep in mind; you can return to re-read the passage at any time. Most questions fall into one of two categories: referring and reasoning. Referring items pose questions about material explicitly stated in the text. Reasoning items assess how well you make appropriate inferences, understand the text, and determine the specific meanings of difficult or unfamiliar words.
The questions will focus on tasks like:
- Recognize the purpose of a passage.
- Find important details and examples that support the author’s point of view (stated and implied).
- Recognize significant details that answer the questions who, what, when, why, where, and how.
- Compare two or more ideas.
- Identify unstated causes, effects, reasons, or opinions.
- Comprehend details and distinguish different points of view.
- Define the vocabulary used in a passage.
Research shows students who practice taking computerized tests and brush up on their reading comprehension skills PRIOR to taking the ECC reading placement test tend to have scores that more accurately reflect their abilities. Below are some online resources that provide reading comprehension practice or reading instruction that will help you prepare:
You will receive a score report at the end of the test and are available online within 24-48 hours after completing it.
If your reading placement test score is:
Compass = below 31
College Success = below 60Prepare to retake the placement test.
Compass = 31-60
College Success = 60-78Developmental course required. Enroll in LTC-099 (College Literacy)
Compass = 61-79
College Success = 79-94Developmental courses required. Enroll in RDG-091 (Advanced Academic Reading & Inquiry) or LTC-099 (College Literacy)
Compass = 80 or higher
College Success = 95 or higherNo developmental course required. Enroll in college-ready courses.
Your reading placement results are valid for 5 years. Once you have completed a reading class at ECC, you may retest only if you receive permission from your instructor or the placement coordinator.