All degree/certificate-seeking students must have placements in reading, English, and math.
Standardized test scores, ACT and the NEW SAT, can be used for the reading placement, as long as they have been submitted to the Admissions Office.
If you scored a 20 or higher on the ACT Reading Section, 480 on the NEW SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing , or 570 on the OLD SAT Reading test and your score is less than 3 years old, you do not need to take the reading placement test.
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You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There will be an $10 fee for each reassessment.
Placement Results expire in 3 years.
Reading placement scores and other information.
Standardized test scores, ACT and the NEW SAT, can be used for the English placement, as long as they have been submitted to the Admissions Office.
If you scored a 20 or higher on the ACT English Section, 480 on the NEW SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or 470 on the OLD SAT English test and your score is less than 3 years old, you do not need to take the English placement test.
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You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. You can retest once in a 3 year period. There will be an $10 fee for each reassessment.
Placement Results expire in 3 years.
English placement scores and other information.
Standardized test scores, ACT and the NEW SAT, can be used for placement into reading, English, and math as long as they have been submitted to the Admissions Office. Placements received can be viewed at Math Placement.
Any new or returning student who needs a valid math placement to take a Parkland College math course must have the required ACT/SAT scores or unexpired college-level math course credits or take Parkland assessment testing.
ACT/SAT scores are valid for two and a half years from the date taken.
Parkland uses the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) service for our math assessment testing. Along with testing service ALEKS also provides testing preparation and learning modules.
The Parkland Math assessment is given through the online platform, ALEKS PPL. The ALEKS Placement Exam is an untimed exam consisting of 30 or fewer questions. A Parkland College specific ALEKS account will be needed before taking the Placement Exam. To create an account, go to Kahn Academy MathTV Video Tutorials by topic Click here to login and begin prep work for your ALEKS PPL assessment.
You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. You may take up to five Placement Assessments: one unproctored and four proctored. However, it is required that you spend five hours working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between proctored placement re-assessments. There will be an $10 fee for each reassessment.
Mathematics Placement will expire in 2.5 years, then you must take the ALEKS test for a new placement.
Math placement scores and other information.
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Taking the Admissions Test does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.
Candidates must have college level reading, English, and mathematics placements before taking the Nursing Academic Skills test (Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test).
The Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test is offered most Mondays - Fridays in the Parkland College Assessment Center (Room U 203) during the months of August, September, January, and February.
There is a $15.00 testing fee due at the time of check-in for your test, for the administration of the test.
More information can be found on the Kaplan website.
The Center for Academic Success also has test preparation resources. Visit D120 or call 217/351-2441 for more information.
You must wait 48 hours between assessments. The Nursing Academic Skills Test can be taken twice per testing session.
To be eligible for the Chemistry Competency test, you must first be approved by the Natural Sciences Department Chair. A passing score of 23, or higher, makes a student eligible to register for BIO 121.
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Only one attempt is allowed on this exam. There are no retests.
The Spanish placement test is a timed, 75 minute, computer-based test.
In order to sign up for the test, English 101 placement or completion of English 101 is required.
Interpreting Your Spanish Placement Exam Score
No minimum score or prerequisite for SPA 100 or SPA 500
After you have taken the Spanish Placement exam, contact Admissions in U-214 (217.351.2482) or the Counseling and Advising Center in U-267 (217.351.2219).
There is a 6 month waiting period between Spanish Placement exams.
If you do not need to assess and meet the criteria below, your next step in the registration process is to sign up for SOAR, our student orientation program, click on SOAR.
If you do not need to assess AND have more than 15 hours, your next step is to see a counselor. For more information on registering for classes please click on Counseling and Advising.