Placement Testing

What is placement testing used for?

At East Central College, we use placement testing to advise students into the appropriate classes that will start them on the path to success. There are three sections to the placement test: reading, writing , and mathematics. This test is not pass/fail, and will not prohibit you from enrolling in classes at ECC.


How much does the test cost?

  • The Initial test
    • free to all incoming ECC students
  • Retakes
    • Students who would like to improve their scores on the placement test may choose to retake one or more portions of the test. Students who wish to retake any portion of the test must wait a minimum of 24 hours between the initial and retake tests. We encourage students to review the test preparation links listed on this page to maximize their scores. The fee for retakes are $5.00 per section.
  • Challenges
    • Students who score in a certain range on either the Reading and/or Writing sections of the placement test are eligible to challenge their scores for free by completing an additional assessment. There is no required waiting period to complete a challenge. The challenge ranges are below:
      • Writing: 70-79
      • Reading: 70-79
  • Students attending another institution
    • If you are a student who does not plan to attend ECC, but would like to complete placement testing on one of our campuses for another institution, there is a $20.00 proctoring fee to do so.

Who needs to take a placement test?

All students are required to complete a placement test or demonstrate an equivalency. These equivalencies include the following:

  • Previous college credit in Math and English from an accredited institution
  • Previous placement test scores, no more than two years old
  • Previous ACT scores no more than two years old
    • Must meet the minimum requirements by subject
      • English 18, Reading 18, and Math 22

If you have questions about other types of testing credit, such as AP, CLEP, etc., please visit the Testing Center website.


When can I test?

The test can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete, so please plan accordingly. The test will not be offered on days that the College is closed for a holiday or due to inclement weather. Please check the website or contact the Student Service Center in Union at 636.584.6588, or in Rolla at 573.466.4100, for more information.

Testing times:

  • Union
    • During the semester (fall, spring, summer) walk-in testing is available Monday-Thursday between 8:00am-4:30pm, and on Friday’s from 8:00am-12:00pm.
    • Between semesters or during school breaks, walk-in testing is available between 8:00am-2:00pm Monday-Thursday, and between 8:00am-12:00pm on Fridays.
  • Rolla:
    • In order to reserve a seat for a group placement test at the ECC-Rolla Main location, please call 573.466.4100. Group testing is offered at the following dates and times:
      • August 2, 2017 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
    • If the test times listed above do not work, students can call to discuss individual testing


What do I need to bring to the test?

Please arrive early and bring a current, government-issued, photo ID.


Need some review?

Students are encouraged to access the placement test review materials before taking the test. Review materials can be found at the link at the top of the page. The Learning Center also offers pre-placement tutoring on a walk-in or appointment basis to help you refresh your skills and test with confidence. Call 636.584.6688 to learn more. The following free resources are available for students to review and prepare for testing:


What do I do after I complete placement testing?

After you complete placement testing, and have submitted all required documentation, you are ready to meet with an academic advisor who will sit down with you to create an academic schedule that starts you on the path to completing your goals, and ultimately graduating.


Have more questions or need to register for a test?

Please contact us by email at or by phone at 636.584.6588.