New Students

What is Placement? Why do I need to take a placement test?

Placement helps students and their advisors choose the right courses to successfully achieve their academic goals.

The results of these tests are important. Math and English tests determine appropriate course placements - whether you can start taking college-level courses, or if it is necessary to 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.

How do I know which tests I need to take?

If you are not sure if you need to take a placement test, please consult with the Enrollment Center. Placement information can also be found on the Placement at Oakton page.

Available Placement Tests

Reading, Writing, and Math placement tests can be taken at either Testing Center location. Evening and Saturday testing sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Click on the links below for the current schedule and more information about each exam.
Placement test schedule
Reading (Accuplacer)
Writing (WSAT)
Math (ALEKS)

When and where will I see my placement test results?
You will see the results of the reading and math placement tests when you finish the exams.
Writing results will be available 5 business days after taking the test.
All testing results will be posted on the Oakton website. Follow the steps below to view them.

  1. Go to
  2. Log on to myOakton
  3. Select the “Register/Pay/Grades” tab
  4. Select “Student Services”
  5. Select “Register for Credit Classes”
  6. Select “Registration Status”, then select “Placement Test”
  7. Enter the term, and press submit to view your test results

Nursing Pre-admission Tests

The HESI A2 Entrance exam
The HESI Entrance Exam is used by Oakton's Associate degree Nursing program as a tool to screen applicants. The test is also referred to as the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam or the HESI A2.

NACE Challenger exam
For LPN's seeking admission to Oakton's LPN to RN bridge program, Oakton administers the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examination (NACE 1).

More information about both of the Nursing Pre-Admission Tests at Oakton.