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Course Placement, Testing and Developmental Courses

Course Placement
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognize that student success in college coursework is directly related to appropriate course placement. Therefore, IECC uses multiple measures to determine student placement in college‐level courses and admission to a degree or certificate program.  

Multiple measures for placement are used to determine students’ readiness for college level courses and programs. The results of these measures will improve the quality of education and enhance student success through academic advisement, assessment of students’ academic skills and provision of needed support services.  

Multiple measures for placement include analysis of:

     1.  Nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc.
     2.  Analysis of high school or college transcripts including course work completed and grade point average;
          and remedial and/or previous college coursework completed.
If 1 and 2 are not available or do not meet the course placement requirements, additional placement testing
          may be required.

Developmental (remedial) courses may be warranted based on the results of this analysis.


ACCUPLACER Testing Information
The colleges administer ACCUPLACER for course placement and admission into select degree and certificate programs. ACCUPLACER is a placement test used to determine students' skill levels in Reading, English, and Math and assists in placing students in the appropriate courses. Additional ACCUPLACER information, free resources, and sample test questions are available at

There is no charge for the first test. A review and analysis of the multiple measures for placement and placement testing is necessary before full‐time registration and prior to enrolling in English or Math classes.  For more information and/or to sign up to take ACCUPLACER, proceed as follows based upon college of choice: 

Call the Student Services Office at 618-842-3711 or 877-464-3687 and speak with Advisement.

Contact the Learning Skills Center.

Testing and contact Information

Contact the Learning Skills Center

Developmental (Remedial) Courses

Developmental and college preparatory courses are designed to bring basic skills in mathematics, English, and reading comprehension to a level generally expected of entry-level college students.  Credits earned in developmental and college prep courses cannot be applied toward a certificate or an associate degree and are not calculated in the grade point average.

Developmental reading courses will be given priority over other developmental courses and must be taken first. Placement in other developmental courses will be based on the student’s program of study. 

Developmental courses must be completed prior to enrollment in a college‐level course in the same area of study. Students enrolled in developmental courses must obtain the appropriate college official's approval if the student requests to take more than twenty (20) credit hours in the fall or spring terms and more than twelve (12) credit hours in the summer term. Students requiring developmental coursework may require enrollment in an additional term to complete graduation requirements.  

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