Testing and Assessment Center
Dedicated to promoting academic success.
The Harper College Testing Center subscribes to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. We are dedicated to promoting academic success by providing students with testing services in a secure and professional manner.
Testing Center General Information
- A photo ID is required for all testing, and any discussions about personal academic information such as test scores.
- Unattended children are not allowed in the Testing Center.
- Complimentary lockers are required to be used to secure all personal belongings. NOTE: Personal belongings include but are not limited to powered-off cellphones, watches, wallets, keys, purses, backpacks, hats, and coats.
- All fees incurred in the Testing Center must be paid by credit card or check.
- Cell phones cannot be used in the testing room.
- If permitted on the exam, calculators can be provided by the Testing Center.
- Access and Disability Services: Testing is available with prior approval from the ADS Office. Please contact ADS at 847.925.6266, Building I, Room I103.
- Harper College does not accept placement test scores from other institutions.
- To send your ALEKS Math placement scores to a different institution complete the Authorization for Release of Test Score Information .PDF PLEASE NOTE: Compass score reports are not available as of January 1, 2017.
Pre-registration with ACT is required
- Exam Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Exam Time: 8 a.m.
- Exam Meeting Location: Building A, Cockrell Dining Hall/cafeteria located on the first floor of Building A
Important Exam Information: Examinees must have both a valid photo ID, and the ACT Examinee Ticket on exam day. If one or both items are missing, the examinee will not be allowed to test.
Harper College has a robust Advanced Placement policy that was updated in May 2016.For more information on the College's AP policy and to find out what Harper courses are awarded for passing AP exams, click here
The Harper College Testing Center is an open test site for the College Level Examination Program, offering all 33 CLEP exams to both Harper College students and members of the community alike. For more information on the College's CLEP policy, click here.
All new degree-seeking students are required to demonstrate initial placement levels in English and Math upon entry to the College in order to register for their first semester.
Additionally, any student wishing to register for English and/or Math courses may also need to demonstrate specific placement levels in order to satisfy a particular course prerequisite. Please be aware that some programs may require higher and/or additional means of placement.
All Engineering Pathways program applicants must complete all placement testing prior to the appropriate application deadline for consideration for program acceptance.
Harper College does not accept placement test scores from other institutions.
Options to Demonstrate Initial Placement Level (English and Math)
Math Assessment: Students planning to take a Math class or New Degree Seeking Students will need to take an ALEKS math assessment test.
English Assessment: Students looking to take an English class or New Degree Seeking Students will need to take the English assessment test.
World Language Assessment: Testing for Course Placement in World Languages is completed online.
Testing Accommodations: Students with disabilities can apply online for ADS Services and then call the Access & Disability Services office (847.925.6266) to schedule an intake appointment to discuss eligibility for accommodations on the placement tests.
Remote Testing: If a student is unable to come to Harper College's main campus for placement testing the student will be responsible for locating a Testing Center local to them to proctor the exam and any fees incurred. The student must then contact the Harper College Testing Center, 847.925.6541, to arrange the remote testing. Students may use the following link as a guide for finding acceptable testing centers to proctor the exam.
Harper College Testing Center reserves the right to deny any proctor exam request. If you have any questions please contact us at 847.925.6541.
Departmental proficiency tests have been created by Harper College faculty for many courses not available through the CLEP program. In some academic areas, students may show proficiency through appropriate means other than written tests. Alternative forms of testing include musical performance, reviews of art portfolios, reviews of credentials, work skills evaluations, or any other means.
The Testing Center provides a secure, centralized location for students enrolled in Internet-based and blended courses that require proctored testing. Students will be notified by their instructor if their tests are given in the Testing Center.
When a faculty member and student are unable to make alternate arrangements, the Assessment Center can assist with testing.
Access and Disability Services
Testing is available with prior approval from the ADS Office. Contact them at I119, 847.925.6266.
The Testing Center administers the Illinois Constitution Exam to members of the community who need to satisfy the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate requirement (GED, TASC HiSET).
- The test is free and covers multiple choice questions. There are no limitations to the number of times the test can be retaken.
- Test-takers must have completed at least one section of the GED, TASC, or HiSET tests prior to taking the Constitution Test at the Harper College Testing Center. After doing so, the test-taker will have an account with the State of Illinois to connect the results of the Constitution Test to.
- Walk-ins are welcome.
- From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the test will be given electronically on the computer, anyone coming in after 3 p.m. will be given a paper and pencil test (you will need to bring a photo ID and know your social security number for either version). Results will be given right away for either version (Please note: the paper and pencil test scores will take longer to be sent to the state).
- Constitution exams will not be handed out within an hour of the office closing.
Harper College began awarding credit for IB (International Baccalaureate) Exams in October 2017.
For information about which courses are awarded for successfully passing an IB exam, click here.
Pre-registration with NLN is required
The NLN exam is used for entrance in the Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing Certificate, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Radiologic Technology programs. It is the student's responsibility to adhere to the NLN practices which may change from year to year. It is suggested that students first attend a program information session before registering for the test.
The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) recognizes high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. Students that earn the SSB can receive foreign language course credit at Harper College.
Follow these steps to earn credit for the State Seal of Biliteracy.