Placement Testing for Math, Reading and Writing

Tests in the areas of reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language are given to students to determine the appropriate course placement and satisfy course prerequisites. Scores from COMPASS placement tests are used to prepare an educational plan that will be relevant and meaningful for students as they work toward successful completion of their educational goals. For more information about placement testing.

Reading Placement Testing

The Reading Placement Test assesses a student’s readiness for the demands of college-level reading. Upon completion of the test, students will receive a score that places them in one of five categories. These categories are used as prerequisites for most college-level courses at College of DuPage. Students do not need to take this test to qualify as "Reading Category 1" (college-ready) if they meet ONE of the following conditions:

  • College-level credit totaling 12 semester hours with at least a “C” average.
  • ACT composite score of 20. (Proof of score must be provided.)
  • SAT verbal/critical score of 500. (Proof of score must be provided.)
  • A score of 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based, or 79 Internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (Proof of score must be provided.)

Writing Placement Testing

The Writing Placement Test assesses a student's readiness for college-level writing. To place into English 1101 or 1105, students must fulfill ONE of the following two options:

Option 1

ACT Composite Score of 20 or higher

Option 2

  1. Reading Category 1 (college ready)
  2. Compass Writing Category 1
    Compass e-Write Category 1

Mathematics Placement Testing

Students who intend to enroll in Mathematics 0481, 0482, 1100, 1102, 1115, 1218, 1220, 1428, 1431, 1432, 2134 or 2231 as their first math course at College of DuPage are required to take a Math Placement Test before enrolling. This test is one component of placement in an appropriate math course. Verification of successful completion of any prerequisite courses is the second component. (Prerequisites are listed by individual course in the mathematics section of the College Catalog.) For further math advising, contact the Math and Physical Sciences subdivision, (630) 942-2010, the Math Assistance Center, (630) 942-3339, or the Learning Commons - Math Assistance area, (630) 942-3354.