Exam/Testing 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.

Select a type of test for specific instructions

  • Blended Courses

    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 tests.

  • Online Courses

    MCC online exams are proctored exams for students enrolled in McHenry County College's online classes.

    Register online to schedule your exam.

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    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 fee for your CLEP exam at this site. Note, this does not reserve your appointment date or time.
      • Once you have paid the 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?

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

    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
  • 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 (HSE) 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. See information on HSE/GED preparation classes.

    To register for and schedule GED computer-based tests:

    Go to www.ged.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.
    • 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.

    English Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT and/or SAT scores (valid for five years from test date ) – you will fulfill the prerequisite for ENG 151:

    • ACT: 19 or higher in English and 19 or higher in Reading
    • PRE-2016 SAT: 990 composite (reading and writing) or 490 writing
    • 2016 or later SAT: composite reading and writing score of 480

    Math Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT and/or SAT scores (valid for two years from test date):

    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 1 MAT 120, MAT 150, MAT 161, MAT 165, MAT 201 if you have:
      • ACT: 22 to 27 in math or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 530
    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 2 – MAT 170, MAT 171 and MAT 220 if you have:
      • Not completed a high school or college trigonometry course with a C or higher
      • ACT: 28 or higher in math or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 660
    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 3 – MAT 175 if you have:
      • Completed a high school or college trigonometry course with a C or higher and
      • ACT: 28 or higher in math or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 660

    Geometry In order to fulfill the Illinois geometry requirement, some students will be required to take a geometry placement test if the following conditions are not satisfied:

    • ACT: 22 in math or
    • 2016 or later math SAT: 530 or
    • Successful completion of a full year of high school geometry with a C- average or better or
    • Placement score of 46 on the ALEKS math placement test

    The geometry placement is a computer-based exam. You will have to take an un-proctored "practice exam" before taking your official exam in the Testing Center and you can take the exam up to four times. If you earn 70% or higher, you will not need to enroll in MAT 096 geometry. Please check with an advisor to determine if you are required to take the geometry placement. Once you confirm that you need to take the geometry placement. View directions for creating your ALEKS geometry placement or stop by A245, or call the Testing Center at (815) 479-7544 for information on your next steps. No appointment is needed for this exam but allow two hours to test.

    MCC offers Modern Language placement exams in French, German, and Spanish. If you have prior experience with French, German or Spanish, plan to take a modern language placement exam. The French and German tests are in paper/pencil format.

    The Spanish placement test is computer-based and you'll need a valid email address in order to test.

    All modern language placement exams can take up to two hours and may be taken only one time.  Your score will be available immediately.

    • Please note: You can take the Modern Language placement exam one time and testing is not an option after taking a college-level modern language class.

    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.

    • 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.
    • We recommend that you schedule your English and math placement tests. Walk-ins are available on a limited basis. Students who register for their tests will be given preference over walk-in test takers. Schedule your English | reading | math placement tests
    • You'll 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

    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. There is a non-graphing calculator inside the software and we provide scratch paper for your placement testing.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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