Assessment Center staff will determine which tests you need to take based on the information you provided during the application process. If you do not have eligible college credit or appropriate ACT or SAT scores, you can expect to take tests in reading, writing skills, and mathematics. Non-native speakers of English begin with the English as a Second Language (ESL) test.
Students who live within District 505 area must come to the Parkland College Assessment Center to take their placement exams. Students living outside District 505 may take the Parkland placement tests in a proctored environment at an educational institution closer to home. Please call us at 217/351-2432 if you wish to schedule a remote test. The set-up process takes about 15 minutes, and we will need to know your social security number in order to schedule you for this.
We know that many people do not enjoy taking tests, so we try to make the process as painless as possible. Read the following information and advice, and give us a call if you have any questions.
What you have to do:
- The Assessment Center is open from 8 am - 5pm except when the Parkland College is closed or during the summer session (Testing will take place between 9am and 4:45pm.)
- The Assessment Center is open at 7:30 am during the summer semesters and closed all day on Friday.
- If you are scheduling a Dual-Credit placement test package please call 217/351-2484 to schedule an appointment.
- The placement tests in reading, writing, and math and ESL are given by appointment only, and you can make your appointment online at PCACO.
- Students who are late 15 minutes to the appointment time may be asked to reschedule for a later date.
- Tests are NOT timed – you may take as much time as you need to complete testing, any tests not completed by 4:45 pm will be paused and resumed at a later date.
- Testing is done using a computer.
- Let us know if you need special accommodations. Accommodations for testing are given in the Office of Disability Services, 217-353/2338.
- The cost for the initial placement test packages are free of charge.
- You may ask questions about procedures or test directions during testing.
- You may reassess for initial placement once. The cost is $8/section re-assessment fee.
- You MUST have a valid photo ID with you to take a test – no ID, no test.
- The use of personal calculators is prohibited for placement testing.
- No Hoodies, pocketed sweatshirts, jackets, coats, etc
- Upon check-in candidates will be required to put all other personal belongings not allowed in testing room into a secure locker.
- After you receive your letter of acceptance to Parkland, click to schedule a test date. Appointments are made 48 hours in advance or up to two weeks out.
- Before your actual test date, we recommend you study, study, study!
- Familiarize yourself with the specifics of each test and access resources at the following web page, Placement Test Prep Resources.
- Give yourself time to eat breakfast or lunch before your test. Include protein-rich foods like eggs, nuts, yogurt, cottage cheese and fruit to provide energy. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet leading up to your test date. And finally, exercise and get some sleep. This will help – really, it will.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Assessment Center (Room U 203) at 217-351-2432