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2021 Reading and Writing Placement for ELS

COVID 19 Information – English Language Proficiency Tests

  • Are you new to College of DuPage?
  • Have you attended school in the United States for 7 years or fewer? (kindergarten through 12th grade).

If you answered "yes", you will need to show English language proficiency.

There are 2 ways to show English language proficiency

  • TOEFL Score 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based
  • IELTS Score 6.5+
  • 12 or more college-level credits from one of the following countries: The UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand
  • Accuplacer Reading 102+ and Language Use 102 + (taken at COD before October 21, 2019)

Before you test, you might want to

When you are ready to test, email the Testing Center at to request a link to take the test at home.

Note: All College of DuPage testing locations are currently closed due to COVID-19. Because this is an un-proctored test, it is very important to follow certain guidelines.

  • Do not use a dictionary or translator.
  • Do not use any other websites while taking the test.
  • Do not ask your friends or family to help you.
  • Do not use any other resources during the test.
  • Work alone and do your best so that you can be placed into the right class for your level of English. If you are not placed in the correct class, your instructor may ask you to move to a different class.

Log into to view your test results. Use the placement chart below to select your classes. For additional help choosing a class, contact Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services at (630) 942-2259.

Registration Waiver

When registering for English Language Studies classes, you will need to confirm the following:

I have completed the KITE test by myself without using any outside resources.
I understand that if my instructor feels that I am misplaced, he or she may ask me to move up or down a level.

Contact Information

Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06,

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08,