You are required to provide a current photo I.D. and comply with the testing center regulations when using the testing center.
ALL Exams REQUIRE A Current PHOTO I.D.
Choose an exam for specific instructions:
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing offers the opportunity to earn college credit for information you already know. You can visit www.collegeboard.com/clep for more information.
All CLEP exams require an appointment.
- Visit Registration in A258 and pay the $15 non-refundable fee.
- Bring your receipt to the Testing Center in A245 to schedule your appointment.
- CLEP charges $77 ($80 effective July 1, 2012) per exam, and accepts credit card transactions (American Express, Master Card, Discover, or Visa), or a personal check. You will enter your credit card information on the day of the exam. If you choose to pay the fee by check, the payment must be made out to CLEP the day you make the appointment.
- If you miss your scheduled appointment and want to reschedule, you will need to pay the $15 non-refundable fee again.
- If you are active duty, reserve military or an eligible civilian, the CLEP fee is waived. However, you must show proper Military I.D. in addition to your primary I.D.
- If you are an eligible veteran, you can receive full reimbursement for CLEP exam and administration fees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about CLEP and the benefits available to veterans, visit www.collegeboard.com/clepveterans or contact CLEP at 1-800-257-9558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who receive sufficiently high scores on certain CLEP examinations may be eligible for credit at MCC. See how credit will be awarded for CLEP examinations
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) testing is done to certify Basic Nursing Assistant Students.
- MCC students who are CNA candidates register for exams in their class through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
- All CNA scheduling is done through SIU. Exams are administered once monthly.
- For more information on the CNA testing or program
Correspondence and Online Exams
Correspondence and Online Exams are proctored exams for other institutions.
- Students wishing to have a Correspondence or Online Exam from another school proctored in the Testing Center at MCC must submit an email to: Testing Center.
- The subject line of the email should read: Correspondence or Online testing inquiry.
- The Testing Center will email the parameters and protocols for arranging these exams.
- Please note that an appointment is necessary to take one of these exams and there is a fee depending on the exam criteria.
- The Testing Center will not accept faxed or e-mailed exams, and the protocols must be met before the exams can be administered.
The General Educational Development (GED) Tests can give you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency certificate, by taking five subject exams and the US and Illinois Constitution.
If you choose to take the test on paper at McHenry County College, register at the McHenry County Regional Office of Education (667 Ware Road, Suite 207) in Woodstock. Call (815) 334-4475 for more information.
To register you will need to:
- Pay the $50 fee prior to testing
- Present two forms of identification
- one with photo and signature
- one with your name and address, such as a utility bill
They will give you a copy of your application and a demographics book. Fill out the demographics book before coming to MCC.
Schedule Your GED Test
Bring the copy of your application and completed demographic book to the Testing Center in A245 at MCC on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., or Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Once you turn in these items, you may make an appointment for your tests.
- Be early. No one will be allowed in the room late.
- Bring a signed government photo I.D. such as a driver’s license or a State I.D. No one will be allowed to test without proper identification.
- Report to the Testing Center in A245.
- Testing begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Wednesday evenings at 5 p.m., by appointment only.
Makeup exams are exams given when a student has missed a test in class, or is a documented Special Needs Student.
- Makeup exams are given by permission of the instructor.
- Makeup exams do not require an appointment, however there is a $5 fee required for these exams.
- Makeup exam fees are payable at Registration, A258.
- You must know your instructor's name and provide a current photo ID to take a makeup exam.
- Your instructor provides a last date to test on each exam. If that date has passed, your instructor must grant permission for you to take the exam.
- It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to take an exam in the Testing Center, find out the minimum time required, and the last day the exam will be given.
The Testing Center staff must abide by the instructor’s directive regarding the time required to complete the exam. Therefore, if the amount of time remaining before closing time is less than the time required to complete the exam, we will not administer the exam. You must contact the instructor to obtain the minimum time requirement for each exam.
Placement exams are given to determine the best placement for students enrolling in classes.
- New students taking placement exams are required to turn in an Application for Admissions, pay the $15 fee, and allow 2 business days before testing.
- Initial placement exams are free; all subsequent placement exams will cost $5.00 each.
- No appointment is needed.
- You will need to provide a photo I.D. before you begin your exam.
- If you do not know which tests you should take, please consult with an advisor.
- Placement practice exams
- Math placement study guides are available at: www.mchenry.edu/orientation or in the MCC Book Store, B162.
You need to allow at least the following amounts of time before the Testing Center closes in order to complete these placement exams:
- 2 hours for the English exam (includes an essay and a reading exam)
- 1 1/2 hours for the math exam*
- 1 1/2 hours for the reading exam only
- Placement exams do not have a maximum time limit.
The math and English placement exams are computer-based. We will provide a calculator (scientific TI-30Xa, or graphing TI-83) and scratch paper for your math placement exam. English placement includes writing an essay and reading portions.
Placement scores are normally available immediately, but there are some instances when they must be sent off to be scored. Please plan in advance, and allow plenty of time for your results.
Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT scores:
- 21 or higher in English (valid for 5 years from test date).
- 22 or higher in math (valid for 2 years from test date) effective Spring 2013.
Foreign placements are available in French, German, and Spanish. These exams are not offered on a computer. Foreign placements may be taken once per semester. There is a $5 fee for subsequent exams.
*Once a student has begun a math class, they no longer qualify to take the Math Placement.
Proficiency Exams give students a way to demonstrate knowledge of the information taught in a class, by passing an exam similar to a final.
- Proficiencies are offered for Math**, Business**, and several CIS levels.
- All proficiencies require appointments.
- Pay the $25 fee and pick up your three-part form in Registration, A258.
- Turn that form in to the Testing Center at the time of your exam.
- Allow three hours for all proficiencies.
- Please call the Testing Center at (815) 455-8984 for an appointment time.
**Math and Business Proficiencies are done by permission of the respective departments only; signatures must be obtained from authorized department staff/faculty.
Students enrolled in most Telecourse classes will take their exams in the Testing Center.
- Telecourse exams do not require an appointment and there is no fee.
- Bring a copy of your current schedule or know your student identification number in order to take your telecourse exams in the Testing Center.
Check your syllabus for testing deadlines and parameters, some Telecourse exams do have a minimum time that must be allowed before closing.