English Placement For New or Returning Student 

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.

ACT Score Range (English)

New SAT Score Range (EBRW)*

GED Reasoning through Language Arts Test

Parkland College Course Placement








ENG 101

25-36 w/

25-36 Reading

610 - 800


ENG 106

 *Evidence Based Reading and Writing

In addition to SAT/ACT,  your high school transcript could be used for college leve English placement. In order to recieve the placement below, your high school transcript must be submitted and processed by the Parkland College Admissions office.

Transcript Information

Minimum Requirements

Parkland College Course Placement

7th Semester GPA

3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale

ENG 101

8th Semester GPA

3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale

ENG 101

Transitional English

Final grade of C or higher (Coded as TE099 on transcript)

ENG 101


If you need to take the assessment:

The College Board Accuplacer multiple choice writing exam is currently offered on campus and proctored online through Zoom. If you need an English placement, on campus testing is done on a "walk-in" basis and online proctoring requires an appointment. Students scheduled for Zoom testing must have created their ParklandOne student username and password so they can log into COBRA to get the directions and link for the test. For more information or to schedule, please see Test Scheduling.



Parkland College 

Accuplacer Writing Score


Parkland College

English Course Placement



ENG 106



ENG 101


245 - 251

ENG 099*(Writing Sample Eligible)


230 - 244

ENG 099


200 - 229

 ENG 098


Writing Sample (essay):

Students eligible to take the writing sample can make an appointment through the Assessment Center to complete the essay to try and place into English 101. The writing sample is a 60 minute, computer based essay. A pencil and paper essay must be requested. When writing the essay, one of two given topics will be chosen to write about. These topics are general information/personal opinion topics that do not require specific content information or prior knowledge. The evaluators are more interested in how you state your ideas rather than what those ideas are.

Composition faculty will evaluate your essay to determine if you have the skills necessary for a college-level composition course. They look at the essay's organization and development of ideas as well as how clearly you express your thoughts and how well you use grammar and punctuation. Because the time to write your essay is limited, they suggest that you make your main point clear in the first paragraph and then use subsequent paragraphs to provide supporting details and discussion.

The Learning Commons may have test preparation resources available. Visit R201 or call 217/373-3839 for more information.


Retesting Policy:

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. You can reassess once in a 3 year period.

English Placement scores are valid used for a minimum of 3 academic years.