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Reading and Writing Placement

Reading and writing placement exams are used to measure your skills to determine your proper course placement.

Years of School Completed - Kindergarten Through 12th Grade

  • Students who are non-native English speakers and have completed zero to seven years of schooling must take the KITE ELS Placement Test to meet course prerequisites. 
  • Students who are native English speakers and have completed eight or more years of schooling can follow the instructions outlined below. 

Placement Options

Temporary Changes for

Spring 2023 Registration

Reading and Writing Category One prerequisite requirements have been temporarily removed for Spring 2023 course registration.

Prior to registering, students may still take the Guided Self Placement Questionnaire (GSP).  The GSP helps you and your advisor determine readiness for college-level reading and writing.  To complete the GSP, log on to the Student Portal, click on myACCESS for Students, and then Guided Self Placement. 

For additional guidance, view the information about providing proof of prerequisites


Students can meet Reading and Writing requirements using any of the following:

  • TOEFL Score 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
  • IELTS Score 6.5 or higher. Proof of score must be provided.
  • ACT composite score of 20 or SAT total score of 950 or higher. Proof of score must be provided.
  • ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 102+ and ESL Language Use score of 102 + (taken at COD before October 21, 2019)
  • College-level credit totaling 12 semester hours with at least a “C” average from a US academic college or university. (Only meets the Reading requirement.)
  • KITE Placement Test (Part 1 & Part 2)

The KITE ESL Placement test will assess your English language proficiency in order to help you find the right classes. The test is divided into two parts – Part 1 (Listening, Reading and Grammar) and Part 2 (Writing and Speaking).

Before you take the KITE test, you might want to:

  • Practice for the KITE ESL Placement test
    • Part 1 Practice Test - Using the Google Chrome browser, copy and paste the link below:
    • Part 2 Practice Test - Using the Google Chrome browser, copy and paste the link below:

After you take the KITE test: 

More information about KITE, can be found on the English Language Studies (ELS) webpage.

If you have additional questions, contact

Contact Information

Academic and Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06/2A08
(630) 942-2401
Testing Hours and Locations