Course Placement

To help you build your skills and be successful, Waubonsee places you into appropriate English and math courses based on your abilities. All new full-time students need to go through the course placement process. Part-time students only need to complete the process if enrolling in an English or math course.

Course placement is based on one of four criteria:

  • ACT Scores
    If you have taken the ACT in the past 60 months, your scores can be used to determine your course placement at Waubonsee. ACT scores needed to place into college-level English or math courses are as follow:
    • ACT English score 18 or higher
    • ACT mathematics score 22 or higher
    • ACT reading score 21 or higher
    Prior to registering, you may bring a copy of your ACT score report to Admissions and be issued a temporary "permit" to enroll in the eligible English, math or reading course. Official documentation of your ACT scores must be received by Registration and Records before the first day of class or you will be administratively withdrawn from the course. Visit the ACT website for further information on requesting test scores. Test scores must be valid at the time of registration.
  • Placement Testing at Waubonsee
    Testing is available on a walk-in basis, space permitting, at the Sugar Grove,  Aurora and Plano locations of the Center for Learning Assessment. Learn more about placement testing at Waubonsee.
  • Placement Testing at Another College
    If you have completed placement testing at another college or university within the last 24 months, you may request a review of your testing for placement purposes at Waubonsee. Submit a request for an Alternate Placement Testing Review (pdf), an official copy of your test results, and contact information for the prior college or university to the Learning Assessment Department Coordinator.
  • Prior Coursework
    If you have successfully completed college-level coursework in the areas of math and/or English, schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center for transcript evaluation. Official transcripts must be received by Registration and Records before the first day of class or you will be administratively withdrawn from the course.