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Reading and Writing Placement Tests

All students at College of DuPage must show college readiness in reading and writing. There are five categories or levels of reading and writing. Category One is the highest and Category Five is the lowest. 

In order to take most classes, students must place into Category One for Reading. Category One for Writing is also required for students who want to take English 1101. 

Students who have studied in the United States for seven years or fewer (Kindergarten through 12th grade) can meet Reading and Writing Category One by completing one method under each category.

Reading Category One

  • TOEFL Score 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based
  • IELTS Score 6.5+
  • Post-secondary degree from the Approved English-dominant country
  • Accuplacer Reading 102+ (must have completed before 10/21/19)
  • KITE Reading 500+ + Listening 535+ or Speaking 500+
  • Completion of ELS 0443 and ELS 0773 with a C or better
  • ACT score of 20+
  • SAT total score of 950+ (new test)
  • SAT Verbal score of 500+ (old test)

Writing Category One

  • TOEFL Score 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based
  • IELTS Score 6.5+
  • Post-secondary degree from the Approved English-dominant country
  • Accuplacer Language Use 102+ (must have completed before 10/21/19)
  • KITE Writing 500+  or  Grammar 535+
  • Completion of ELS 0553 with a C or better
  • ACT score of 20+
  • SAT total score of 950+ (new test)
  • SAT Verbal score of 500+ (old test)