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, you can log into the new student portal to view your admission checklist.  You can also consult with the Enrollment Center about your placement options or consult 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 the English and Math Placement exams.
Placement test schedule
English Placement
Math (ALEKS)

When and where will I see my placement test results?
Directly after finishing the reading and math placement tests you will see your result on the screen. The results will be uploaded to your account within 24 hours. Writing tests are graded by multiple individuals and take a bit longer. Writing results will be available 5 business days after taking the exam.

All testing results will be posted on the Oakton website. Please follow the steps below to locate them

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the myOakton link and log in
  3. Select Student Profile
  4. After the profile loads, Select Prior Education and Testing from the left-hand menu

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.

More information about Nursing Pre-Admission Testing at Oakton.