Testing Placement Services

Placement Testing

If you are new to Oakton, you may need to take a placement test. Placement testing helps you and your advisors select the right courses to ensure your academic success. The results of these tests are important. Math and English tests determine what courses you will place into or whether you will need to start in developmental courses. These are not pass-or-fail tests; they simply let you know where to start.

What tests do I need to take?

If you're unsure about taking a placement test, view your admission checklist in the new student portal. You can also contact the Enrollment Center or view the Placement at Oakton page.

How do I take a placement test?

Placement tests are can be taken on-campus or remotely.  It's highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with each test before testing.

On-campus 

Skokie: Appointments are required at the Skokie campus.

Des Plaines: Appointments are not needed. 

Remote 

To take the tests remotely, the first step is to review the information below about technical requirements. Then you will need to fill out the Placement Testing Request Form. This form lets us know which tests you need to take. Directions for each test are sent separately.

What if I need accommodations?

Students who currently receive or intend to receive accommodations to complete a test should contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at 847.635.1759 or accessdisability@oakton.edu prior to testing.

Important Testing Information

What should I bring to an exam?

When arriving for any exam you should:

  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Know your Oakton ID number (most begin with a B).
  • Know your myOakton username and password.
  • Know your instructor's last name if you are taking a test for a class (online or on campus).

What else do I need to know?

  • Only test takers are allowed in the Testing Centers. Relatives and friends are invited to wait in a lounge area or cafeteria.
  • No drinks (including water) are allowed in the Testing Centers.
  • No electronics (phones, fitness trackers, ear buds/headphones) are allowed. Devices must be left outside the testing room or placed in a locked pouch for the duration of the exam.
  • No watches are allowed. All watches must be left outside the testing room or placed in a locked pouch for the duration of the exam.
  • Backpacks, briefcases, etc., need to be stowed on hooks or in the cubicles provided outside the testing room.
  • Coats should remain outside the testing room.
  • Be prepared to complete exams without taking a break. Restroom visits should occur before entering the testing room.

Academic Integrity

Please remember Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct when you take exams. This code prohibits:

  • Cheating.
  • Plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation).
  • Falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth).
  • Helping others to cheat.
  • Unauthorized changes on official documents.
  • Pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you.
  • Making or accepting bribes, special favors or threats.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is a failure on the assignment. A disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of three years.

Hours and Location

Locations

Des Plaines
Room 2409
847.635.1939

Skokie
Room A135 (in the Learning Center)
847.635.1446

Email
testingcenter@oakton.edu
We aim to respond to your inquiry within one business day. Please note that we cannot send testing results or personal information via email.

If you are looking for your placement results, please log into your account.

  • Choose Student Profile from the left-hand menu
  • After the profile loads, Select Prior Education and Testing

Hours

Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.