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Placement Testing

Set up an appointment to take a placement exam through Testing Services. Placement scores may be required for JJC math and English courses, in addition to other select classes and programs.

Placement Testing


Appointments Required

All testers must have a confirmed appointment before coming on campus to take any test. Review our COVID-19 on-campus safety measures.

About Placement Exams

Placement exams measure your math, reading, and writing abilities. Students can take placement exams virtually or on-campus. All testers must have already applied to JJC. They must also have a JJC student ID number and a JJC email address. 

Do I Need Placement Testing to Take JJC Classes?

It depends. You may be able to bypass placement testing due to JJC's permanent and temporary alternative placement measures (effective Fall 2020 until further notice). In other words, if you have a high enough GPA or ACT/SAT/PSAT score, you may not need placement testing. Please see the charts underneath our "Do I Need Placement Testing?" section.

How to Schedule a Placement Exam

  1. Make Your Request.
    First, review our Virtual Testing Guidelines/On-Campus Appointment Rules, including the Student Code of Conduct (see below on this page). Next, contact Disability Services ahead of time if you need a testing accommodation. Last, submit a Virtual/On-Campus Placement Testing Request form to make your appointment.

    Schedule Your Placement Exam Now

  2. Check your JJC Email for Appointment Details.
    Testing Services will email you with your confirmed appointment date and other important details. It may take up to three business days to schedule your appointment, so check your email frequently. Visit our Student Technology Resources page for additional support.

Do I Need Placement Testing to Take JJC Classes?

  • Do I Need Placement Testing to Take JJC Classes?

    Do I Need Placement Testing to Take JJC Classes?

    It depends. You may be able to bypass placement testing due to JJC's permanent and temporary alternative placement measures (effective Fall 2020 until further notice). In other words, if you have a high enough GPA or ACT/SAT/PSAT score, you may not need placement testing. Please view the charts below.

    Video: How to Find Out if You Need Placement Testing

    ACT and SAT Placement Scores

    Measure Score Placement Registration Term
    ACT English 19+ English 101 or English 130

    ALL TERMS

    ACT/SAT scores are valid for 48 months

    SAT – EBRW 480+
    ACT Math 22+ Math 119, 123, 127, 128, 131, or 138
    SAT Math 530+
    ACT Math 23+ Math 142
    SAT Math 590+

    Temporary Alternative Placement Measures

    Measure Score Placement Registration Term
    ACT English 18 Developmental English Courses: ENG 099 & ENG 021

    Fall 2020 through Summer 2022

    ACT/SAT scores are valid for 48 months

    PSAT scores are valid for 24 months

    SAT – EBRW 460
    ACT Math 19 Developmental Math Course: MTH 098
    SAT Math 460
    ACT Math 22 Meets JJC’s Geometry Requirement (places out of  Math 095)
    SAT Math 530
    ACT Math 28 Math 150, 153, and 170
    SAT Math 660
    PSAT English 480 English 101
    PSAT Math 510 Math 127 and Math 128
    PSAT Math 530 Math 123, 131, and 138
    PSAT Math 590 Math 142
    PSAT Math 660 Math 170
    PSAT 10th and 11th grade only -  Valid for 24 months

    High School GPA

    Measure Placement Registration Term

    H.S. GPA 3.0 Unweighted/Cumulative (Please read important information about using GPA below)

    English 101

    ALL TERMS (Effective September 1, 2021)

    H.S. GPA is valid for 48 months

    Math 119, 123, 127, 128, 131, and 138

    Important Information about using high school GPA for English and math placement:

    • Must provide an official transcript with 7 OR 8 complete semesters AND unweighted/cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher AND successful completion (C or better) in English and/or math in all semesters.
    • JJC will evaluate all official high school transcripts using the unweighted/cumulative GPA at the time of submission. GPA's will not be retroactively evaluated using past semesters.
    • Only total unweighted/cumulative GPA will be accepted. Semester or Yearly GPA will not be accepted.
    • High school transcripts must be sent to the Admissions Office. If you're in high school or are a recent graduate, ask your high school to email these records to admissions@jjc.edu or mail them to:
      Attn: Admissions
      1215 Houbolt Rd
      Joliet, IL 60431

     

    ***High School GPA will be designated on the student's JJC record using the following codes:

    • GPAE = English
    • GPAM = Math
    • 999 = Meets
    • 111 = Does Not Meet

     

    Last updated on September 1, 2021.


    Temporary Alternative Placement Measures (PDF)


Virtual Testing Guidelines/On-Campus Appointment Rules

Please review our requirements below before signing up for a placement exam.

  • 1. Technical Requirements for Virtual Placement Testing

    Your computer must meet these technical requirements:

    • Desktop computer, laptop, or school-owned Chromebook (other devices such as cell phones, iPads, Surface, etc., not permitted)
    • Multiple monitors not permitted
    • A working built-in or external webcam and microphone
    • Microsoft Teams Desktop Application (free for JJC students). Download Microsoft Teams, then enter your JJC username and password to log in.
    • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled
    • Windows 10, Mac El Capitan or later
    • 1024 x 768 screen resolution

  • 2. Virtual Testing Guidelines

    Virtual Testing Guidelines

    • The tester's test area must be defined and be in their immediate reach and view.
    • The tester must remain in direct frontal view of camera at all times.
    • The tester must remain seated and only test where the exam began. Breaks are not permitted.
    • Testers must allow the proctor to share their computer screen and grant permission for sharing when requested.
    • Tester may not record, screenshot or save any part of the exam. This is cheating. If a tester is observed cheating, all testing will be voided. The Dean of Students will be notified immediately. The tester may be banned from testing from Testing Services for a period of time.
    • Cell phones, iPods, and all other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. If a tester is caught with one of these items, the test may be voided. The tester may be banned from Testing Services for a period of time.
    • No watches allowed in the testing area.
    • Food and beverages are not allowed. 
    • Coats, jackets, or sweaters that button or zip in the front are not permitted. Testers are allowed to wear hats with bibs, caps, visors, sweatshirts and sweaters that do not zip or button.
    • No other person, including children, are allowed in the testing area. You must test alone in a quiet room. 
    • Testers must present appropriate photo ID at the beginning of the appointment and at any time requested by the proctor. There are no exceptions to this rule. Individuals without photo ID will not be allowed to test. Refusal to present identification during or immediately after the test will result in test invalidation.
    • Calculators are not permitted for the ALEKS placement exam. The ALEKS test will provide a calculator when appropriate.
    • No testing may begin if the tester is five minutes late to the appointment.
    • Exams must be completed in one sitting.
    • If a tester is observed cheating, all testing will be voided. The Dean of Students will be notified immediately. The tester may be banned from testing from Testing Services for a period of time.
    • All testers must adhere to the JJC Student Code of Conduct
    • Mechanical pens and pencils are not allowed.
    • All scratch paper must be shredded at the end of an exam. 

  • 3. Virtual Placement Testing Accommodations

    Virtual Placement Testing Accommodations

    Accommodations are available for students with verified disabilities. Students must provide documentation of their disability in order to receive accommodations.

    Since the placement tests are all untimed, the accommodation of having extended test time is not necessary.

    Request Accommodations

    You do not need to be registered with Disability Services for placement test accommodations. 

    If you need accommodations, call at 815.280.2613 or email disabilityservices@jjc.edu. This must be completed before you submit a placement testing request form. 

    Once you make your request, a Disability Services staff member will be in contact with you regarding next steps. This process may take up to two business days before you can schedule a virtual placement testing appointment.

  • 4. On-campus appointment rules and safety guidelines

    On-Campus Testing Safety Measures

    General Information

    • On-campus testing is by appointment only 
    • Available at our Main and Romeoville campuses
    • Limited capacity


    Rules & Requirements

    • Testers must enter through one of the designated doors upon arrival to campus:
      • Main Campus
        • Monday - Thursday: Main Campus: Building A (Main Entrance Across from Bell Tower) 
        • Friday: Main Campus: Building G, Main Entrance 
      • Romeoville Campus
        • Romeoville Building A, Main Entrance
    • Upon arrival, all testers must get their temperature checked. Only those with a normal/healthy temperature will be allowed to enter.
    • All entrances will be monitored by a JJC officer or staff member.
    • Masks/face coverings will be required. You will be required to wear a mask while in the building and during the duration of your exam. 
    • Any person not wearing a mask or removing their mask will be asked to leave.
    • All testers must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart from others.
    • Only the tester will be allowed in the Testing Services area. No visitors allowed.
    • After entering the building, please go directly to Testing Services. 
    • Lockers will not be provided. You will be given a small zip-lock bag to put your personal belongings in, store under your seat, and take with you upon completion of your test. Additional options will be provided for certification testing.
    • With exceptions of your photo ID, keys, valuables, etc., please try and leave all personal belongings at home or in your car if possible. We will provide limited space for backpacks, books, etc.
    • Disposable pencils and scratch paper will be provided if required for your test.
    • Hand sanitizer and frequent hand-washing will be required.
    • Photo ID will be required.
    • To maintain a healthy environment, testers may be asked to step out of the lab during a cleaning shift.
    • All electronics will be prohibited, including cell phones, smart watches, wrist watches, iPAD's, laptops, etc.


    Cleaning Safety Measures

    • Testing Services and lab spaces will be cleaned and sanitized after each testing session
    • Workspaces sanitized daily
    • Social distancing enforced
    • Masks required at all common areas
    • Hand sanitizer provided campus-wide
    • Plastic barriers installed
    • Floor markings for social distancing
    • Thermal thermometers at entry ways - Fever is considered 100.4 or higher
       

    Watch: COVID-19 On-Campus Safety Measures

  • 5. Make Your Placement Testing Request

    Virtual and On-Campus Placement Testing Request 

    Read our technical requirements and guidelines above for virtual and on-campus testing before completing the Virtual and On-Campus Placement Testing Request form. Testing Services will review the tester's eligibility to test and whether placement testing alternatives are on file such as qualifying ACT or SAT scores.

    Testing Services will respond to appointment requests as soon as possible. Be advised that there may be a delay in scheduling your appointment due to a high volume of requests during our peak fall enrollment period.

    Virtual and On-Campus Placement Testing Request

How to Prepare For Your Virtual Placement Test

Testing Services and the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) can help you do well on your virtual test. Our tutors are here to support you through our Preparation for Progress Program and online test prep resources.

  • Preparation for Progress

    Preparation for Progress Placement Test Program

    Looking for a chance to improve your placement scores? JJC's Preparation for Progress Placement Test program provides:

    • FREE tutoring
    • Testing tips and tricks 
    • Student resources to help students remediate and work toward improving their placement scores
       

    The Prep for Progress program works with the the Tutoring and Learning Center to provide the following services to all JJC students:

    • One-on-one virtual tutoring appointments in English, reading, or math
    • Online resources and student videos to help you navigate online learning and testing environments
    • Remote access to Accuplacer resources, ALEKS prep and learning modules
    • Student help and support
       

    More About the Preparation for Progress Program

  • Online Placement Test Tutoring

    The TLC provides online and virtual test preparation assistance for English and math placement testing. TLC tutors are available to meet with students virtually to prepare to take JJC's placement tests.

    Learn more about virtual test prep resources

Placement Testing Information

  • Accuplacer Exam Information (English)

    Accuplacer Exam

    The Accuplacer exam, produced by College Board, is a computer-based, untimed test for:

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    • Geometry (may be used for some math placement testing accommodations)
       

    About the Exam

    • Accuplacer scores are valid for 48 months. 
    • JJC will accept Accuplacer scores from other institutions; official score reports should be submitted to the Testing Services Main Campus location. 
    • Examinees may borrow a scientific calculator during the geometry exam.
    • Students may attempt each Accuplacer test twice each semester if they have not begun an English course sequence. Students are eligible for a third testing attempt only after completing an English course within their course sequence or successful completion of Accuplacer remediation through JJC's Tutoring and Learning Center. Please visit the TLC for more information on Accuplacer remediation and how to request an appointment.
       

    Accuplacer Exam Preparation Options

    How to Register to Take the Exam

    Students Who Want to Attend JJC and Test at JJC

    1. Apply to JJC. 
    2. Speak with JJC Disability Services if you need testing accommodations.
    3. Arrive at Testing Services to complete your testing; no appointment is necessary.

    Students Who Want to Attend JJC, but test at another institution:

    1. Apply to JJC.
    2. Speak with JJC Disability Services if you need testing accommodations.
    3. Call Testing Services to learn alternate site testing options.
    4. Receive an email confirmation with selected alternate site contact information, testing fees, and next steps.

    Students wishing to attend another institution, but test at JJC:

    1. Contact the institution for which you need to complete placement testing.
    2. Speak with your institution's Disability Services office if you require testing accommodations.
    3. Call your preferred Testing Services location to schedule your appointment.
    4. Arrive at your scheduled locations 10 minutes before your exam with your photo identification and $25 for the Testing Services Remote Testing administrative fee

     

    Accommodations

    If you have a documented disability affecting your ability to take the test, you can receive accommodations. Testing Services will work closely with JJC's Disability Services Office to provide this for you. If you need accommodations, please email disabilityservices@jjc.edu or call 815.280.2230.

    Placement testing is untimed. All placement examinees are provided scratch paper, pencils, and earplugs. Examinees may complete placement testing in one, or multiple sittings.

    Photo ID Requirements

    Appropriate photo identification is required.  Accuplacer Examinees must provide photo identification including a name and picture.  Photocopies or reproductions are not acceptable.  Preferred photo identification options include, but are not limited to:

    • U.S. State Picture Driver's License
    • U.S. State Picture Issued ID Card
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Military Picture ID
    • Federal Picture ID
    • Alien Registration Card
    • Any other current, government-issued picture ID (This form of identification may be issued by any government.)
    • Company Identification
    • Police Identification
    • Other Institutional Identification with name and picture
    • JJC School ID
    • Other School ID with name and picture

     

    Fees
    • JJC Accuplacer examinees will not be charged for placement testing or re-testing.
    • Accuplacer examinees completing their placement testing at Joliet Junior College for another institution will pay a $25 Testing Services Remote Testing administrative fee.
    • Accuplacer examinees wishing to have an official copy of their Placement Test Score Report will incur a $25 fee per request.

     

    Locations

    This testing is available at Main Campus, Romeoville Campus, and City Center Campus.

     
    Preparation

    Accuplacer offers a free, web-based study app.  This is the ideal choice for individuals preparing for the Accuplacer English placement tests.

    1. Visit the College Board Accuplacer site to create an account and login to the free web-based study app
    2. In order to login, you will need to create an account with a valid email address and password. 
    3. Once you login to your account, you will need to select which version of Accuplacer you would like access to study materials. Joliet Junior College uses Accuplacer Next-Generation.
    4. Create your account.
    5. Access to the account is valid for six months.

    Accuplacer provides free sample questions and essays.

    Last updated September 8, 2020.

  • ALEKS Exam Information (Math)

    ALEKS Exam

    The ALEKS Exam, produced by McGraw Hill, is a computer-based, untimed math test. 

    About the Exam

    • ALEKS scores are valid for 24 months. 
    • JJC will accept proctored ALEKS scores from other institutions; official score reports should be submitted to the Testing Services Main Campus location.
    • There is a 24 hour waiting period between each test attempt. A mandatory minimum of 3 hours must be completed in the ALEKS Prep and Learning modules before testing attempts 3, 4 and 5.

    The ALEKS test will provide an on-screen calculator when appropriate. Use of calculators not provided by ALEKS, is prohibited.

    How to Register to Take the Exam

    Students wishing to attend and test at JJC

    1. Apply to JJC.
    2. Speak with Joliet Junior College Disability Services if you require testing accommodations.
    3. Arrive at your preferred Testing Services location to complete your testing; no appointment is necessary.

    Students wishing to attend JJC, but test at another institution

    1. Apply to JJC.
    2. Speak with JJC Disability Services if you need testing accommodations.
    3. Call Testing Services secretary to learn about alternate site testing options.
    4. Receive email confirmation with selected alternate site contact information, testing fees, and next steps.

    Students wishing to attend another institution, but test at JJC

    1. Contact the institution for which you need to complete placement testing.
    2. Speak with your institution's Disability Services office if you require testing accommodations.
    3. Call your preferred Testing Services location to schedule your appointment.
    4. Arrive at your scheduled locations 10 minutes before your exam with your photo identification and $25 for the Testing Services Remote Testing administrative fee.

    Accommodations

    If you have a documented disability affecting your ability to take the test, you can receive accommodations. Testing Services will work closely with JJC's Disability Services Office to provide this for you. If you need accommodations, please email disabilityservices@jjc.edu or call 815.280.2230.

    Placement testing is untimed. All placement examinees are provided scratch paper, pencils, and earplugs. Examinees may complete placement testing in one, or multiple sittings.

    Photo ID Requirements

    Appropriate photo identification is required.  ALEKS Examinees must provide photo identification including a name and picture.  Photocopies or reproductions are not acceptable.  Preferred photo identification options include, but are not limited to:

    • U.S. State Picture Driver's License
    • U.S. State Picture Issued ID Card
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Military Picture ID
    • Federal Picture ID
    • Alien Registration Card
    • Any other current, government-issued picture ID (This form of identification may be issued by any government.)
    • Company Identification
    • Police Identification
    • Other Institutional Identification with name and picture
    • JJC School ID
    • Other School ID with name and picture

     

    Fees
    • JJC ALEKS will not be charged for access to the program. Upon initial testing, the tester is provided with twelve (12) months of access to an online remediation program, as well as five (5) attempts at the test within a twelve (12) month period.
    • ALEKS examinees completing their placement testing at Joliet Junior College for another institution will pay a $25 Testing Services Remote Testing administrative fee.
    • ALEKS examinees wishing to have an official copy of their Placement Test Score Report will incur a $25 fee per request.

    Preparation

    ALEKS offers a web-based remediation program known as the ALEKS Learning Modules.

    1. Visit Testing Services and complete your first attempt at the ALEKS exam.  If you are not satisfied with your score, you have the ability to retake this placement exam four more times within twelve (12) months. 
    2. After you have completed your first attempt, you will have access to a web-based, tailored remediation plan known as the ALEKS Learning Modules.  These modules provide an adaptive learning environment focused on guidance, transparency, engagement, and motivation. 
    3. Following the initial math assessment, ALEKS generates a color-coded pie chart to display your results.  Within this "pie," each "slice" corresponds to a particular area of math proficiency.
    4. To access the Learning Modules (after testing), use your JJC ID number and JJC email address to log into your ALEKS Account here: JJC Placement Testing and ALEKS Modules.
    5. ALEKS will recommend a starting point for the Prep and Learning Module based on your initial placement assessment results. However, you ultimately have the ability to choose your preferred module.  PLEASE NOTE: Once you choose your preferred module, you cannot select a different module.
    6. Spend time reviewing material within the module to practice and improve your skills before your next ALEKS math placement testing attempt. Visit the Tutoring and Learning Center to work with a tutor one on one through the learning modules.
    7. PLEASE NOTE: ALEKS Learning module remediation is optional before your second attempt at the ALEKS test.  Three hours of remediation within the online ALEKS remediation program are mandatory before each of your three remaining attempts at the ALEKS test.
    8. Once you have launched your ALEKS Learning Modules, you will have access for up to six months.

     

    Last updated on September 8, 2020.

Placement Scores, ACT, SAT, H.S. GPA, and Transition Courses

  • Accuplacer Placement Scores

    Scores

    Reading

    To enroll in ENG 101 or 130, student, one must place appropriately in Reading AND Writing.

      Accuplacer (Classic Reading Comprehension) Accuplacer (Next Generation Reading)

    Contact Adult Education for further information:

    mlyman@jjc.edu or ckramer@jjc.edu

    Adult Education Coursework

    20-32 200-221
    ENG 020 33-45 222-229
    ENG 021 46-69 230-245
    ENG 101, 130 70-120 246-300

    Click here to learn more about Adult Education Placement.

    Writing

    To enroll in ENG 101 or 130, student, one must place appropriately in Reading AND Writing.

      Accuplacer (WritePlacer)
    ENG 098 0-3 (Requires Accuplacer Next Generation Reading score of 222+)
    ENG 099 4
    ENG 101, 130 5-8

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    To enroll in ENG 101 or 130, student, one must place appropriately in Reading AND Writing.

      Accuplacer (ESL Reading Skills) Accuplacer (WritePlacer ESL)

    Contact Adult Education for further information:

    mlyman@jjc.edu or ckramer@jjc.edu

    Adult Education Coursework

    20-65 1
    ENG 078 66-89  
    ENG 079 90-112  
    ENG 088   2-4
    ENG 089   5
    ENG 101, 130 113-120 6

     


    Click here to learn more about Adult Education Placement.

    Math
      Accuplacer (Classic Arithmetic) Accuplacer (Classic Elem. Algebra) Accuplacer (Classic College Math) Accuplacer (Next Gen. Arithmetic) Accuplacer (Next Gen. QAS) Accuplacer (Next Gen. AAF)
    MATH 090 20-60     200-262    
    MATH 094 61-120 33-60   263-300 235-247  
    MATH 095   61-80 20-30   248-256 200-236
    MATH 098   61-80 20-30   248-256 200-236
    BMAT 101 61-120 33-60   263-300 235-247  
    TMAT 107 61-120 33-60   263-300 235-247  
    TMAT 108   61-80 20-30   248-256 200-236
    MATH 119   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 123   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 127   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 128   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 131   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 137     56-70     263-275
    MATH 138   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 139     56-70     263-275
    MATH 142   81-120 31-55   257-300 237-262
    MATH 150     56-70     263-275
    MATH 153     56-70     263-275
    MATH 170     71-120     276-300

    Scores are valid for 48 months. Students may attempt each Accuplacer test twice each semester if they have not begun an English course sequence.

    Students are eligible for a third testing attempt only after completing an English course within their course sequence or successful completion of Accuplacer remediation through JJC's Tutoring and Learning Center. Please visit the TLC for more information on Accuplacer remediation and how to request an appointment.

    Sc

    Geometry
    • Accuplacer Geometry score of 60 or higher will meet geometry prerequisite for college-level math course.
    • MATH 119, 123, 124, 131, 138, and 142 require the geometry prerequisite.
    • Completing MATH 095 with a C or higher.
    • Submitting to the Admissions Department a high school transcript showing completion of two semesters of geometry with a C or higher.
    • Geometry scores never expire.

    Last updated September 8, 2020.

  • ALEKS Placement Scores

    Scores
    Math
    ALEKS Exam Score Math Course Options (depending on major of study)

    0-13

    MATH 090 (Requires Accuplacer Next Gen. Reading score of 222+ or ESL Reading score of 66+)

    14-26

    MATH 094, BMAT 101, TMAT 107

    27-39

    MATH 095, MATH 098, TMAT 107

    40-100

    MATH 119*, MATH 123*, MATH 127, MATH 128

    46-100

    MATH 131*, MATH 138*

    54-100

    MATH 142*

    61-100

    MATH 137, MATH 139, MATH 150, and MATH 153

    76-100

    MATH 170

     

    ALEKS scores are valid for 24 months. There is a 24 hour waiting period between each test attempt. A mandatory minimum of 3 hours must be completed in the ALEKS Prep and Learning modules before testing attempts 3, 4, and 5.

    The ALEKS test will provide an on-screen calculator when appropriate. Use of calculators not provided by ALEKS, is prohibited.

    *MATH 119, 123, 124, 131, 138, and 142 also require the geometry prerequisite. Students may also meet the geometry requirement by:

    • Taking the Accuplacer Geometry test with a score of 60 or higher. 
    • Completing MATH 095 with a C or higher.
    • Submitting to the Admissions Department a high school transcript showing completion of two semesters of geometry with a C or higher.
    • Geometry scores never expire.

    Last updated on September 8, 2020.

  • ACT and SAT scores for course placement

    Valid and qualifying ACT/SAT scores can be used for placement into English and math courses. If you have acceptable ACT/SAT scores, you may not need to take the English and/or math placement test.

    ACT Scores

    ACT scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable ACT scores
    • English
      • ACT English score of 19 or higher places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    • Math
      • ACT Math score of 22 or higher places student into Math 119, Math 123, Math 127, Math 128, Math 131, or Math 138.
      • ACT Math score of 23 or higher places student into MATH 142.

    SAT Scores

    SAT scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the Joliet Junior College Admissions Office.


    Acceptable SAT scores
    • English
      • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher, earned after March 2016, places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    • Math
      • SAT Math score of 530 or higher, earned after March 2016, places student into MATH 119, MATH 123, MATH 127, MATH 128, MATH 131, or MATH 138.
      • SAT Math score of 590 or higher, earned after March 2016, places student into MATH 142.

    Last updated on November 6, 2019.

  • High School GPA for course placement

    Effective September 1, 2021 students can use a valid and qualifying high school GPA for placement into English and math courses. If you have an acceptable high school GPA and meet the following criteria, you may not need to take the English and/or math placement test.

    High School GPA

    High School GPA is valid for 48 months and official transcripts should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable High School GPA
    • GPA
      • Must provide an official high school transcript
        • WITH 3.0 unweighted and cumulative GPA or higher
        • AND 7 OR 8 complete semesters
        • AND successful completion (C or better) in English and/or math in all semesters
      • JJC will evaluate all official high school transcripts using the unweighted/cumulative GPA at the time of submission. GPA's will not be retroactively evaluated using past semesters.
      • Only total unweighted/cumulative GPA will be accepted. Semester or Yearly GPA will not be accepted.
      • High school transcripts must be sent to the Admissions Office. If you're in high school or are a recent graduate, ask your high school to email these records to admissions@jjc.edu or mail them to:
        • Attn: Admissions
        • 1215 Houbolt Rd.
        • Joliet, IL 60431
    • English
      • Acceptable high school GPA English criteria places student into English 101.
    • Math
      • Acceptable high school GPA math criteria places student into Math 119, Math 123, Math 127, Math 128, Math 131, and Math 138.

     

    ***High School GPA will be designated on the student's JJC record using the following codes:

    • GPAE = English
    • GPAM = Math
    • 999 = Meets
    • 111 = Does Not Meet

     

    Last updated on September 1, 2021.

  • Transition Math for JJC Course Placement

    Once a high school student has completed a transition math course with a grade of a C or better, it will reflect on the student's high school transcript.

    This will include a code depending on which class/pathway was chosen.

    The college math classes the student can take depends on the class that was taken in high school.

    Which JJC Math Classes Can Students Take Based on their Transition Math class?

    If students successfully completed a STEM Pathway (portability code TM001) class in high school, they can place into the following JJC classes:

    • MATH 119 - Technical Math
    • MATH 123 - Math for Elementary Teachers I*
    • MATH 127 - Math for General Education
    • MATH 128 - Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 131 - College Algebra*
    • MATH 138 - Pre-Calculus I


    *These courses also have a geometry prerequisite that must be separate from the placement earned by the transition math course. To meet the geometry prerequisite, the student must provide high school transcripts verifying two semesters (a complete year) of high school geometry with an average grade of a C or better and no failing grade, or the student must score appropriately on the Geometry Placement Test at JJC or earn a grade of a C or better in MATH 095 Geometry at JJC.

    If students successfully completed a Quantitative Literacy and Statistics Pathway (portability code TM002) class in high school, they can place into the following JJC classes:

    • MATH 119 - Technical Math
    • MATH 127 - Math for General Education
    • MATH 128 - Elementary Statistics
       

    If students successfully completed a Technical Math Pathway (portability code TM003) class in high school, they can place into the following JJC class:

    • MATH 119 - Technical Math
       

    More Information about Transition Math

High School and Dual Credit Placement Testing

JJC offers high school students the opportunity to take placement tests through our Testing Services Center. Students can take remote and on-campus placement exams to meet the course requirements needed for their Dual Credit and Transition courses they take at their high school.

Placement Testing Alternatives (AP, COMPASS, Geometry, HSE, etc.)

JJC will accept alternative test scores in lieu of placement testing, ACT/SAT scores, or high school GPA. Such alternative test scores include AP, COMPASS, GED, HiSET, PARCC, and TASC. See below for more about testing alternatives, acceptable scores, length of test score validity and where to direct your scores.

  • AP Scores

    JJC will award credit on the basis of scores earned on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Students who have taken AP exams should order their official score reports from College Board and have them sent directly to the Academic Credentials Office. AP exam scores and the JJC course equivalents are posted below.

  • COMPASS Scores

    COMPASS scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Testing Services Main Campus location. 

    While ACT no longer produces COMPASS, Joliet Junior College will still accept current COMPASS scores for English, math, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) placement.

    Please contact Testing Services at (815) 280-2261 if you have valid COMPASS scores and would like to use them for placement. 

  • Geometry

    Students may also meet the geometry prerequisite by:

    • Earning 60 or more points on Accuplacer Geometry test.
    • Earning 50 or more points on COMPASS Geometry test.
    • Completing MATH 095 with a C or higher.
    • Submitting to the Admissions Department a high school transcript showing completion of two semesters of geometry with a C or higher.
    • Geometry scores never expire.
    • MATH 119, 123, 124, 131, 138, and 142 require the geometry prerequisite.

  • GED & HiSET

    GED Scores

    GED scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable GED scores
    English
    • GED Language Arts score of 165 or higher places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    Math
    • GED Math score of 165 or higher places student into MATH 119, MATH 123, MATH 127, MATH 128, MATH 131, MATH 138, or MATH 142.

    HiSET Scores

    HiSET scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable HiSET scores
    English
    • HiSET Reading score of 15 or higher places student out of ENG 021.
    • HiSET Writing score of 15 or higher places student out of ENG 099.
    • HiSET Reading score of 15 or higher, AND HiSET Writing score of 15 or higher, places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    Math
    • HiSET Math score of 15 or higher places student into MATH 119, MATH 123, MATH 127, MATH 128, MATH 131, MATH 138, or MATH 142.

  • PARCC Scores & TASC Scores

    PARCC Scores

    PARCC scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable PARCC scores
    • English
      • PARCC English Language Arts/ Literacy score of 4 or higher places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    • Math
      • PARCC Algebra II score of 4 or higher places student into MATH 119, MATH 123, MATH 127, MATH 128, MATH 131, MATH 138, or MATH 142.

    TASC Scores

    TASC scores are valid for 48 months and should be submitted to the JJC Admissions Office.

    Acceptable TASC scores
    • English
      • TASC Language Arts Reading score of 580 or higher places student out of ENG 021.
      • TASC Language Arts Writing score of 560 or higher, AND TASC Essay score of 6 or higher, places student out of ENG 099.
      • TASC Language Arts Reading score of 580 or higher, TASC Language Arts Writing score of 560 or higher, AND TASC Essay score of 6 or higher, places student into ENG 101 or ENG 130.
    • Math
      • TASC Math score of 560 or higher places student into MATH 119, MATH 123, MATH 127, MATH 128, MATH 131, MATH 138, or MATH 142.

     

    Last updated November 6, 2019.

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