Placement Test Schedule

June, July & August 2017

New students to the college should submit an application with the Enrollment Center before testing. Enrollment staff will guide you and help you understand which placement tests, if any, you need to take. For more information on admission processes go to the Oakton website and click on the Admission link.

What tests are available?

There are three placement exams:  Reading, Writing and Math. Keep reading for specific information about the tests and how to prepare for them.

When and Where can I take them?

There are two options. You do not need to make a reservation to take a test and you can test at either campus. Please realize you may not be able to complete all the tests in one session.

  • Walk-in.  Placement tests can be taken in the testing center at either campus during normal business hours (schedule below). Please be aware that the testing centers may become very busy during peak times. In those situations, we may not be able to give a placement test as current students who require exams for classes will have first priority. Placement tests aren’t given in the testing center during finals because of the increased volume.
    Skokie Campus Testing Center: Room A135 Des Plaines Campus Testing Center: Room 2409

May 15 – Jun 1

Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Campus closed May 26 & May 29)

Jun 5 – Jul 20

Mon – Thu:  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Campus closed each Friday and Saturday and on July 4th)

Jul 24 – Jul 27

Finals – No placement testing in the testing centers

Jul 31 –Aug 3

Mon – Thu: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Aug 7 – Aug 18

Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Aug 21 –

Mon – Thu:  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. / Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / Sat 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

When tests are taken in a testing center, please allow 24 – 48 hours for Reading and Math results to be posted and allow a week for WSAT (Writing) results to be posted.

  • Evening & Saturday Testing. Placement tests will be given on the following dates: May 31, Jun 13, Jun 28, Jul 11, Jul 17, Aug 1, Aug 12, & Aug 16.

Writing:  WSAT (Writing) tests will begin promptly at the times listed below. Late arrivals will not be admitted. You will have 75 minutes to complete the test.

Campus

Day

Date

Times

Room

Results will
be posted

 

 

 

Sitting 1

Sitting 2

 

 

Des Plaines

Wednesday

May 31

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1625

Jun 5

Des Plaines

Tuesday

June 13

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1625

Jun 15

Des Plaines

Wednesday

June 28

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1625

Jul 5

Des Plaines

Tuesday

July 11

5:30 p.m.

7:15p.m.

1625

Jul 13

Skokie

Monday

July 17

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

P103

Jul 19

Skokie

Tuesday

Aug 1

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

P103

Aug 3

Des Plaines

Saturday

Aug 12

9:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

1625

Aug 15

Des Plaines

Wednesday

Aug 16

5:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1625

Aug 18

What do you need on the day of the test?

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Know your Oakton website login
    (your username and password)
  • Know your Oakton ID number (B#)
  • Bring a pencil

Reading and Math: The reading and mathematics tests are completed on a computer. The tests are untimed. It generally takes one hour to complete the reading test and around 2 hours to complete each math test. Tests will be given during the times listed below.

Des Plaines campus

Day

Date

Times

 

Room

Results will
be posted

 

Tests can be started
anytime between

Session ends

 

Wednesday

May 31

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

2627

Jun 1

Tuesday

June 13

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

2633

Jun 15

Wednesday

June 28

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

2631

Jun 30

Tuesday

July 11

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

2633

Jul 13

Saturday

Aug 12

9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

1831

Aug 15

Wednesday

Aug 16

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

2633

Aug 18

Skokie campus

Day

Date

Times

 

Room

Results will
be posted

 

Tests can be started
anytime between

Session ends

 

Monday

July 17

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

P237

Jul 19

Tuesday

Aug 1

5:30 p.m. and  7:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

P237

Aug 3

What do you need on the day of the test?

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Know your Oakton website login
    (your username and password)
  • Know your Oakton ID number (B#)
  • Bring a pencil

Preparing for the Tests

The results of these tests are important. Math and English tests determine appropriate course placements – whether a student can start taking college-level courses, or if it is necessary to first take developmental courses. You cannot fail these tests. English test results are valid for three years and math test results are valid for two years. Below is information about the tests and links to preparation information on the Oakton website. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on thePlacement Test Preparation FAQs page.

Reading

The Test:
ACCUPLACER (computer-based test)
Preparation Information:
English Placement Test Preparation

Writing

The Test:
Essay (Handwritten or using Microsoft Word, if a computer is available) Time Allotted: 75 minutes
Preparation Information:
Specific testing strategies, sample questions and answers can be found on the
Overview & Strategies - WSAT page.

You can take a Reading or Writing test a second time, but no more than 2 times in 12 weeks.

Math

The Test:
ALEKS (computer-based test)

This test is untimed – allow 1 – 2 hours for each exam

Preparation Information:
Math placement test materials are accessible via the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules. These modules are available AFTER the test is taken once. Students have the ability to retake the math placement test up to four additional times within a year to improve placement.

It is required to work in the Prep and Learning Modules for a specific amount of time prior to each assessment to increase success.

It is highly recommended that students take math placement tests as early as possible so there is enough time to work through the learning modules and test again before registering. Many students have changed their placement by one level OR MORE because they took the time to retest. Find more preparation information at Placement Test Preparation. If you have any questions about the ALEKS test or retesting, contact aleks@oakton.edu. If you have questions about your math placement, contact mathplace@oakton.edu.

Need an Accommodation?

Students who currently receive or intend to receive accommodations to complete a test should be in contact with the Access and Disability Resource Center at 847-635-1759 or accessdisability@oakton.edu prior to testing.

What do you need on the day of the test?

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Know your Oakton website login
    (your username and password)
  • Know your Oakton ID number (B#)
  • Bring a pencil

For more information, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.