Assessment Center

New students take placement tests after applying for admission, but before registration for their first semester of classes.  Students must complete the admissions form before taking placement tests.

There is a flat rate $25 testing fee.  This fee covers all three assessments, ALEKS PPL, Accuplacer, and the English essay assignment.  This Placement Testing Fee is a one-time non-refundable charge that must be paid for in advance of taking the test.

Placement testing occurs in the Assessment Center (Room 2266).  Plan for an hour per test (Reading, Math and English) for at total of three hours of testing.

Please Note:

  • A valid photo ID is required for all assessment tests.
  • Cell phones, smart watches, iPod/iPad, tablets, laptops, Bluetooth or any other electronic devices are prohibited in the Lab area.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Assessment Center.
  • Children are not permitted in the Assessment Center, not can they be left alone on campus.

If you have taken a placement test at another College or University, bring your score report to the Counseling Center (Room 2350) for evaluation.  Students may be exempt from placement testing based on previous college credit or ACT/SAT scores.

Regardless, if you attended college previously, you need to schedule an appointment to see a counselor to discuss testing, college transcripts, and curriculum information.  Please call 708-596-2000, ext. 5724.

SSC requires students who intend to pursue a degree or certificate to take a college placement test in Reading, English, and Mathematics. This is not an entrance exam. It is a placement exam to ensure that all new students are placed into courses which are appropriate to their skill level. If the results indicate, an applicant is required to take the college preparatory classes during their first semester and continue in subsequent semesters until all required work is completed. A placement into RDG 080 and RDG 081 restricts student registration into certain courses.

Frequently Asked Questions about Placement Testing

Placement Review Sessions are provided to help students prepare for placement test. All sessions will be held in Room 2264 (Academic Assistance Center) located on the second floor of the Main Campus or in Room 5183 located on the first floor of the Oak Forest Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave. , Oak Forest, IL. Browse this link to view the latest updated schedule of sessions.

  • Submit an SSC application to Admissions
  • Review for the placement testing using the resources provided here
  • Visit Room 2266 and request Placement Testing
  • Be sure you are physically, emotionally and mentally ready to test which means:
    • You are not exceptionally tired or hungry.
    • You are not feeling sick.
    • Your mind is not preoccupied with another important matter.
    • You are not in a hurry.
    • You have at least three hours to devote to this test.
After you complete your placement tests, your results will tell you which courses you are ready to take.  You need to sign up for a two-hour orientation after testing during which you will be introduced to the college in more detail, learn about SSC’s programs and services and have any other questions you might have answered.
We are unable to give test results to parents or over the phone. Family Privacy Act requires results be given directly to the student or a designated representative of the student.
The Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs give high school students the opportunity to complete college level studies. The AP and IB examinations are intended to measure the achievement of the student and to determine at what point the student should begin college work in the subject. SSC offers credit for most AP/IB subjects. SSC grants credit for course areas in which a student has completed an approved Advanced Placement Program examination with an acceptable score, as determined by the appropriate academic division. In order to receive credit, you must request that the College Board send your official AP score report to the Counseling Center. Once, received, credit will be posted for the number of AP/IB units accepted for credit as determined by the evaluation of the AP/IB grade report. Equivalences can be viewed here:

For additional information regarding the procedure and regulations for awarding of AP credits, please contact the Counseling Center.

SSC accepts the State Seal of Biliteracy. Students must request course credit for their seal within three academic years after graduating from high school. For additional information regarding the procedure and regulations for awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy credit, please contact the Counseling Center.

SSC administers and accepts CLEP credit. College-Level Examination Program can be a good way to earn credit from training completed elsewhere but relevant to your educational objectives. For CLEP, you must contact the Assessment Center, room 2266, Ext. 2495, but you can fill out the application and get general information regarding the program by visiting CLEP.
The CLEP and DANTES examination programs are methods by which college credit may be earned for prior knowledge acquired through independent study, non-academic classes, the armed forces, or onthe-job experiences.
SSC accepts 15 hours of CLEP or DANTES credits towards degree and certificate programs. General credit may be awarded for the following examinations: English, natural sciences, humanities and social science-history. Course credit may be awarded for subject exams. CLEP and DANTES credit will be posted on the student’s academic record after successfully completing six (6) semester hours at SSC, providing the student has maintained a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. In some instances, CLEP and/or DANTES credit may be posted prior to the completion of the six credit hour requirement to satisfy course prerequisite requirements. Students must achieve the minimum score requirement established by SSC to qualify for CLEP/DANTES credit. Minimum scores required vary between subjects. The cost for taking an exam is $65 plus an additional processing fee of $25. The cost for taking a DANTES exam is $60 plus an additional processing fee of $25.
If you are considering which test you might take in order to earn credit from previous training or experience, please check out both sites for subject areas. DANTES also has practice tests available for a modest fee. SSC gives the DANTES tests, also.

Also available at the Assessment Center:

  • AP – College Credit for Advanced Placement Exams

The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College offers computer-based certification and licensure examinations for many sponsoring organizations in a comfortable, secure and dependable environment.