Placement at Oakton

Placement is necessary to put Oakton students in the best position to succeed in the classroom. Placement helps students and their advisors choose the right courses to successfully achieve their academic goals. For many degree-seeking students, testing is not necessary, depending on a number of factors, including SAT and ACT scores. For others, reading, writing and mathematics placement tests are required.

Writing Placement

  • ACT with an English sub-score of 20 or higher
    or
    SAT with a 480 or higher in Evidence Based Reading and Writing
    Submit official or unofficial ACT or SAT score to then Enrollment Center for processing.

  • Writing Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.

  • College level English from another school (e.g., English 101, Composition I, Rhetoric I)
    Submit official college transcript to the Enrollment Center or email an unofficial copy to orientation@oakton.edu.
    (This also meets reading placement).

Reading Placement

  • ACT with a Reading sub score of 20 or higher
    or
    SAT with a 480 or higher in Evidence Based Reading and Writing
    Submit official or unofficial ACT or SAT score to then Enrollment Center.
  • Reading Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.

Math Placement

  • Math Placement Test
    Take in the Testing Center on either campus or during a scheduled test time.
  • Direct Math Placement
    If a graduate of one of the following high schools: Evanston Township, Maine East, Maine West, Maine South, Niles North, Niles West, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South.
    Submit official high school transcript and an official or unofficial ACT score to the Enrollment Center.

  • College level math from another school (College Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I, etc.)
    Submit official college transcript to the Enrollment Center or email an unofficial copy to orientation@oakton.edu.

View Placement Test schedule.