Placement Testing

Placement is necessary to put Oakton students in the best position to succeed in the classroom. Placement helps students and their advisors choose the right courses to successfully achieve their academic goals. For many degree-seeking students, testing is not necessary, depending on a number of factors.

Placement Areas

  • High school unweighted cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher from a transcript including 7th semester grades. See Multiple Measures for Placement Program information below. Also, must have graduated from an Illinois high school within  the past three years nd be new to Oakton in fall 2018.

    Submit official high school transcript to the Enrollment Center for processing.

  • ACT with English and Reading sub-scores of 20 or higher or SAT with a 480 or higher in Evidence Based Reading and Writing. Submit official or unofficial score reports ACT or SAT score to the Enrollment Center at esoperations@oakton.edu for processing.
  • AP Scores
    A score of 3 or higher on the English Language and Composition AP exam will meet reading and writing placement. It can also provide placement into English 102. AP score reports can be downloaded for free from collegeboard.org. The PDF copy can be emailed to esoperations@oakton.edu.
  • College-level English from another school (e.g., English 101, Composition I, Rhetoric I)
    Submit official college transcript to the Enrollment Center or email an unofficial copy to esoperations@oakton.edu. (This also meets reading placement.)
  • Writing Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.


  • High school unweighted cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher from a transcript including 7th semester grades. (Must have graduated from an Illinois high school within the past three years and be new to Oakton in fall 2018.). Submit an official high school transcript to the Enrollment Center at esoperations@oakton.edu for processing.
  • ACT with Reading and English sub-scores of 20 or higher or SAT with a 480 or higher in Evidence Based Reading and Writing. Submit official or unofficial ACT or SAT score to the Enrollment Center.
  • Reading Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.

  • Direct Math Placement
    If a graduate of one of the following high schools: Evanston Township, Maine East, Maine West, Maine South, Niles North, Niles West, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South.
    Submit official high school transcript and an official or unofficial ACT or SAT score to the Enrollment Center.
  • AP Scores
    A score of 3 or higher on either the Calculus AB or Calculus BC AP exams will meet math placement and provide placement into the next highest math course. (i.e. Calculus AB with a score of 3 or higher will place you into MAT 251 - Calculus II at Oakton). AP score reports can be downloaded for free from collegeboard.org. The .pdf copy can be emailed to esoperations@oakton.edu.
  • College level math from another school (College Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I, etc.)
    Submit official college transcript to the Enrollment Center or email an unofficial copy to esoperations@oakton.edu.
  • Math Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.

If you graduated from an accredited Illinois public or private high school within the past three years, you could be eligible for a multiple measures placement.  This is a placement in college-level English if you have an unweighted cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 or higher.  To qualify for a multiple measures placement, you must be new to Oakton in fall 2018.

Why multiple measures?

Using multiple measures for placement is part of a national movement to increase students’ access to college-level English courses where data shows they have the capacity to succeed.  Prior academic performance, as measured by high school grade point average, is the single best predictor of success in college-level courses.  This program uses unweighted cumulative high school grade point average to place recent high school graduates in reading and writing.

Am I eligible for multiple measures for placement?

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • New to Oakton in fall 2018 (students who previously enrolled in dual credit coursework at Oakton while in high school are eligible)
  • Have an unweighted cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Graduated from an accredited public or private Illinois high school in the past three years (in fall 2018, eligible students must have graduated from high school in 2016, 2017, or 2018)
  • Not have enrolled in any ESL/ELL courses during your last two years of high school

How do I receive a placement under this program?

Please submit your official high school transcript to the Enrollment Center for processing.  If you are applying to Oakton before you have graduated from high school, please submit your transcript once at least your 7th-semester grades have been posted. 

Questions?

Please contact the Enrollment Center if you have questions about multiple measures for placement.