Exam Information

Photo I.D. You're required to provide a current photo I.D. and comply with the Testing Center regulations when using the Testing Center.

Choose an exam for specific instructions:

  • Blended

    Meet on-campus for a reduced amount of time and experience the rest of the course online. Tests may need to be taken in the Testing Center.

    Register online to schedule your exam.

  • CLEP

    College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing offers the opportunity to earn college credit for information you already know. Visit http://clep.collegeboard.org for more information.

    1. Create an account at https://clepportal.collegeboard.org/myaccount
      • Fill out demographic information, choose a testing location, a score recipient institution, and purchase study materials.
      • Register and pay the $80 fee for your CLEP exam at this site. Note, this does not reserve your appointment date or time.
      • Once you have paid the $80 fee, print your registration ticket and bring it to the Testing Center in A245 the day of the appointment along a signed government-issued photo identification (see detailed identification requirements).
    2. Schedule Your Appointment
      • Register online to schedule your test and pay the $20 fee.
      • If you miss your scheduled appointment, you forfeit your $20 fee.
      • You may cancel your CLEP appointment at least 48 hours in advance without forfeiting your money by calling the Testing Center directly at (815) 455-8984.

    What credit could I earn for my CLEP scores?

  • CNA

    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) testing is done to certify Basic Nursing Assistant Training 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
  • Distance Correspondence/Online Exams

    Correspondence and Online Exams are proctored exams for institutions other than MCC.

    • Students wishing to have a Correspondence or Online Exam from another school proctored in the Testing Center at MCC must send an email to testingcenter@mchenry.edu.
    • The subject line of the email should read: Correspondence testing inquiry or Online testing inquiry, depending on your need.
    • 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. The fees for Distance Correspondence Exams and Distance Online Exams are $20, and $25, respectively. Register online to schedule your exam.
    • The Testing Center will not accept faxed or emailed exams, and the protocols must be met before the exams can be administered.
  • High School Equivalency Exams (GED) including U.S. and Illinois Constitution

    We offer the GED exam which is a computer-based exam. The General Educational Development (GED) tests can give you the opportunity to earn a High School Equivalency certificate, by taking four subject exams: science, social studies, mathematics and reasoning through language arts. In addition, you'll need to take the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam in order to receive your High School Equivalency certificate.

    To register for and schedule GED computer-based tests:

    Go to www.GEDtestingservice.com and follow the appropriate links to create an account, choose your exam and pay your fee. Enter your zip code to find the most convenient testing site.

    On the Day of Your GED Test

    • Be early. You will not be able to test if you arrive late, and you'll need to pay the testing fee again.
    • Bring a current government-issued ID with photo and signature, such as a driver’s license or a State I.D. No one will be allowed to test without proper identification.
    • If you have selected MCC as your GED Testing Site, report to the Testing Center in A245.

    To register and schedule for the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Exam:
    In order to complete the requirements for the High School Equivalency Certificate, you must pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Exam if a high school transcript is not available.  Appointments are required for this exam. There is no fee for this exam. Results are available immediately after testing if you choose to take the exam online.  For more information please visit the Regional Office of Education in Woodstock, Illinois. www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/regional-office-of-education/services/ged.

    What to bring with on the day of your U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam appointment:

    • Current government issued ID with photo and signature
    • Current address
    • Social security number and/or assigned GED number
    • Completed Online U.S. and Illinois Constitution Demographic Form.  Please note: A student will not be able to test if they do not bring this form completed ahead of time-If you need a copy of this form, please contact the MCC Adult Education Department  (815) 455-8752.

    Register online to schedule your Online U.S. and Illinois Constitution test

  • Makeup Exams

    Makeup exams are exams given when a student has missed a test in class, or is a documented Access and Disability 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 the last date to test on each exam. If that date has passed, your instructor must notify the Testing Center for permission 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 Testing

    Placement into college level English or math is determined through the following:

    • Placement testing
    • Valid ACT scores
    • Valid SAT scores
    • Prior college coursework (subject to review)
      • If you have completed college-level English or math previously, bring a copy of your transcript when meeting with an Academic Advisor to review prior coursework towards placement and/or prerequisites.

    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).

    Placement testing is not required if you received the following SAT scores (valid for 5 years):

    • Pre-2016: 990 composite (reading and writing) or 490 writing
    • 2016 or later: composite reading and writing score of 550

    Placement testing may also be required to fulfill prerequisites for courses other than English or math (ie: science or foreign language courses).

    For placement into foreign language classes:

    • If you have prior experience with French, German or Spanish, plan to register for a Foreign Language Placement test.
    • Please note: students can take the Foreign Language Placement test one time and testing is not an option after taking a college-level foreign language class.
    • Before taking placement exams, new students who have never applied to MCC are required to complete an Application for Admission, pay the $15 fee, and allow two business days before testing.
    • Eligible incoming students may request accommodations for placement testing. Contact Access and Disabilities.
    • Initial placement tests are free; all subsequent English placement tests cost $5 each.
    • No appointment is needed.
    • You will need to provide a photo I.D. before you begin your testing.
    • See details about Math Placement Testing | ALEKS® PPL including preparation and study resources
    • See details about English Placement Testing | Accuplacer including preparation and study resources

    You need to allow at least the following amounts of time before the Testing Center closes in order to complete these placement exams:

    The math and English placement exams are computer-based. A non-graphing calculator will be provided inside the software and scratch paper will be available for your placement testing.

    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.

    Modern language placements are available in French, German, and Spanish. These exams are currently in paper/pencil format. Modern language placements may be taken only one time.

  • Proficiency Exams

    Proficiency exams give MCC students a way to demonstrate knowledge of the information taught in a class, by passing an exam similar to a final.

    • Visit the Testing Center, A245, to schedule your exam with your completed Proficiency Exam Form with the required signatures.
    • At the time of your exam, bring your completed Proficiency Exam Form and a photo ID. Turn that form in to the Testing Center at the time of your exam.
    • We offer proficiency exams on Monday and Thursdays.  Please allow three hours for all proficiency exams.
    • Please call the Testing Center at (815) 455-8984 for an appointment time and additional details.

    **Math Proficiency exams require permission from the math department staff/faculty prior to paying the fee.

  • Self-Paced Online Course Exams

    Students enrolled in most Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC) classes will take their exams in the Testing Center.

    • SPOC 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 SPOC exams in the Testing Center.

    Check your syllabus for testing deadlines and parameters, some SPOC exams do have a minimum time that must be allowed before closing.

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)®

    Students wishing to enroll in the nursing program will need to take the TEAS® test for entrance. TEAS® testing at MCC is currently only available for MCC students and is made by appointment. Please visit the Nursing website ADN Program Preadmission Testing Guidelines for additional details. At MCC, we offer TEAS® testing sessions in the fall and early spring. In order to schedule your exam,  please Register online starting August 22 at 9 a.m.

  • Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test®

    MCC requires you to take the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal in the Testing Center prior to beginning paralegal courses. These exams are offered on a walk-in basis and require about 2 hours to complete. Please make sure to arrive with your Photo ID and enough time to finish your exam before closing.

    In addition, you will need ACT or Placement Test scores that indicate that you possess intermediate mathematical, reading and writing skills. For more paralegal program information, see www.mchenry.edu/paralegal.

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