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2021 Reading and Writing Placement

Reading and Writing Placement Requirements

How do I know I am ready to read and write at the college level?

At College of DuPage, we are dedicated to helping you succeed in college now and in the workplace in the future. Success in college requires critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Our testing facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19. This unexpected change has impacted our normal placement test process for students.

Note: Only include kindergarten through 12th grade

  • 0-7 years (Non-Native English Speaker): You must take the KITE ELS Placement Test to meet prerequisites. Go to the 2021 Reading & Writing Placement for ELS page for more information. 
  • 8 or more years (Native English Speakers): Temporary Reading and Writing policies and procedures are now in place. ACCUPLACER testing has been suspended. See information below. 

If you answer "yes" to at least one of the questions below, you are eligible to take any courses that require reading and writing proficiency.

  • Do you have a 2.6 cumulative non-weighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale*?
  • Do you have an ACT composite score of 20 or an SAT total score of 950 or higher?
  • Do you have a Category 1 Reading and Writing score on the ACCUPLACER exam?
  • Do you have College-level credit totaling 12 semester hours with at least a "C" average? (Reading placement only)

* 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.

If you answered "no" to all of the questions, you need to complete our guided self-placement to determine your readiness for college-level reading and writing. The guided self-placement can be found in myACCESS under "student planning".

Find out more about placement policies and procedures.

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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,