Reading Placement For New or Returning Student

The following high school information from your submitted transcript would give you a reading placement and allow to talk to a counselor about registering for courses provided you have an English and math placement also. 

-Completion of two GECC courses

-7th or 8th semester GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted 4.0 scale.

Also, 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.

If you scored a 19 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 academic years old, you do not need to take the Reading Placement test. 

ACT Reading


Old SAT Reading


0 - 18 0 - 479 0 - 569 Must Take reading assessment
19- 36 480 - 800 570 - 800 Exempt from reading assessment


If you need to take the reading assessment:

Beginning June 1, the Parkland Reading Comprehension assessment is an untimed test that consists of 20 questions, from the reading section of Accuplacer test,  of two different types. In the first type you must read a passage of text and then answer a question about the passage. The second type of question presents two sentences, and then asks you a question about the relationship between the two sentences. These tests will be proctored through ZOOM.

Accuplacer Score 

Course Placement

200 - 217 Requires Re-Assessment
218 - 242 CCS 098 
243 - 261 CCS 099
262 - 300 Exempt from reading courses


The Center for Academic Success might have test preparation resources. Visit D120 or call 217/351-2441 for more information.

Retesting Policy:

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. Currently the re-assessment fee of $10 is being waived. Currently, you are only allowed to reassess twice.

Scores used for placement are valid for a minimum of 3 academic years.