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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

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

  • A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or 3.25/5.0, with a minimum of 7 high school semesters completed. Proof of GPA must be provided to the Office of Student Records.* High school students may also submit their transcripts after their 8th semester if the completion of additional coursework increases their GPA beyond the minimum requirement. 
  • ACT composite score of 20 or SAT total score of 950 or higher. Proof of score must be submitted to Testing Services or an off-campus center.
  • Completion of an Associate degree, BA/BS degree, or Graduate degree
  • Successful completion of appropriate developmental coursework from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Student Records and are then evaluated by Developmental English faculty.
  • ACCUPLACER test previously taken at COD or transferred from another institution. To transfer test scores, submit them through the ACCUPLACER Student Portal or send them to academictesting@cod.edu from the other institution’s testing center.
    • ACCUPLACER NG Reading score of 246 or higher
    • ACCUPLACER NG Writing score of 250 or higher
  • College-level credit totaling 12 semester hours with at least a “C” average. (Only meets the reading requirement.)

Note: Students who have not met the requirements based on any of the above placement methods are required to take the Guided Self-placement.

  • Guided Self-placement
    • The Guided Self-Placement (GSP) helps you and your advisor determine readiness for college-level reading and writing. To complete the GSP, log-in to myACCESS and navigate to the section titled Guided Self-placement.

* Grade point average must be from a high school in the United States or a country with English as an official language. Special education and ESL/ELS coursework are not eligible. Students who attended more than one high school must submit transcripts from all high schools and GPA will be recalculated

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:
      • testflight.kaplanenglishtest.com/register/cod1234
    • Part 2 Practice Test - Using the Google Chrome browser, copy and paste the link below:
      • testflight.kaplanenglishtest.com/register/cod-ws1234

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 academictesting@cod.edu.

Contact Information

Academic and Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06/2A08
(630) 942-2401
Email: testing@cod.edu
Testing Hours and Locations