Types of Testing

On-Campus Testing

On-campus testing is available by appointment only. Schedule your testing appointment.

Remote Testing

Remote testing is available for ECC placement exams. Learn how to access Reading, Writing, and Math placements exams.

ECC’s Testing Center is available to assist you with placement tests, course exams, pre-enrollment assessment tests, certification exams, and more. 

Placement Tests

If you’re an incoming ECC student, you may have to take placement tests in writing, reading, and math to assess your skill levels and place you in the appropriate classes. 

Get more information about placement tests.

Course Exams

Course exam proctoring is available only to enrolled ECC students for on-campus exams. Appointments are required for testing.

Accommodated Testing: 
These appointments are intended for students with testing accommodations approved by our Student Access & Disabilities Services office. Students with accommodations, please follow these steps:

  • Extra Time:
    • Schedule the test/quiz at the ECC Testing Center two business days before the test/quiz through this Register Blast Exam Registration link
      • Students must use the Student Access and Disabilities Services office's instructions to ensure accommodations are applied to the testing appointment. 

  • Reader/scribe/assistive technology on the computer/private room:

For more information on accommodations, visit the webpage and the next steps.

Make-up Exams:
This offering is intended for students with an instructor-accepted excuse for not testing during an on-campus exam. The Testing Center cannot service online exam proctoring at this time. 

If approved by an instructor, students can take an exam that was missed in class in the Testing Center. To do that, the instructor must submit the proctoring exam instructions. The student will need to schedule a Make-up Test appointment a minimum of two business days before testing through this Register Blast Reschedule Exam Registration link

Healthcare Programs

ECC offers several exams to prepare you for careers in healthcare. For example:

Career Certification

ECC offers certification and assessment testing in a specific career and technical areas. These tests are given by appointment only, and additional fees apply.

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) - ASE student certification is the first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry. Marking the completion of career-entry studies in automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, or medium/heavy-duty trucks, these tests can provide the student with their first industry certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. ECC tests students once a year. Visit the ASE website for more information.

  • HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) - certification testing, including EPA 608 and residential exams, is available to students in ECC’s HVACR courses. A fee is required for the EPA 608 exam. For details, contact George Rosa at 847-214-7871 or go to Building O, Room O153.
  • WorkKeys - A job-skills assessment system that measures your foundational and soft skills. ECC offers WorkKeys tests in nine subjects.

  • Castle - Certification and licensure for various health professions. ECC tests Castle applicants every Wednesday. Visit castleworldwide.com for more information.

  • IAODAPCA (Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association) - A private, non-profit organization that promotes standards for professionals in the addiction field. IAODAPCA applicants are tested every Tuesday. Visit iaodapca.org for more information.

Tests that Help You Earn College Credit

In some cases, ECC awards college credit for what you already know. For example:

  • AP Exams - Advanced Placement tests are national, subject-specific tests taken at your high school after completing an Advanced Placement (AP) course. You may use them to fulfill ECC course requirements in various areas. 
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - allows you to demonstrate prior knowledge and earn credit in specific disciplines. A series of computerized tests in 33 subjects, CLEP exams are offered at the ECC Testing Center by appointment during regular hours.
  • Proficiency Credit - Credit by Proficiency offers an opportunity to gain credit for knowledge you have acquired in an occupation or educational environment outside of college or through other life experiences related to specific Elgin Community College courses. Students who demonstrate the knowledge needed to complete an ECC course can gain college credit without taking the course. 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) - The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subject tests may be used to fulfill ECC course requirements in various areas. Download a guide to assessment to learn more about your IB diploma and college admission. Learn more about IB Diploma Programme.
  • Seal of Biliteracy - A State Seal of Biliteracy designated on a high school transcript may be used to earn proficiency credit in a language other than English. The State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes completing two years of high school language coursework. The courses for which a student can receive college credit based on the Seal of Biliteracy are denoted with a proficiency code in the catalog. Learn more about the State Seal of Biliteracy.
  • GED® & High School Equivalency Completion Tests - ECC offers the GED® test and the HiSET high school equivalency test for students to complete their high school diplomas. More information is available at kaneroe.org.
  • Constitution Test - ECC also offers the Constitution test to help you complete your GED® test or high school equivalency.