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Adult Basic

The Testing Center at ECC determines which level of classes is right for you in the Adult Basic Education Center. It's important to ensure you're placed in a class that suits your skill level. Both on-campus and remote options are offered.

To take the test for English as a Second Language (ESL) or the State of Illinois High School Diploma (HSE/GED) programs, you'll need an ECC student ID number and a valid email address. If you don't have an ECC ID number yet, you must complete this form, and someone from the staff will contact you. If you need to reset your password, we can help with that, too!


Placement Test Registration

  1. Register for testing. Both on-campus and remote options are available.
  2. Choose Type of Exam:
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
    • State of Illinois High School Diploma Programs
  3. Choose an Exam
    • Pre-tests are for students who are newly enrolled in the academic year
    • Post-tests are for students who are currently enrolled and have completed 40 hours of coursework
  4. Schedule your exam(s) based on your availability.
  5. Attend the exam and receive a QR code from your orientation for class placement.

Testing Accommodations

If you have a documented accommodation and need to arrange for testing, please visit the Student Access & Disabilities Services webpage for more information and the next steps before scheduling your testing appointment.


Testing Center

Building B, Room B115
Fax: 847-608-5474

Exam Registration

Monday through Thursday: 8 am to 7 pm
Friday: 8 am to 3 pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm

*Note: The Testing Center is closed Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm for a department meeting. All tests and materials are collected 15 minutes before closing.