Testing and Assessment Center

Promoting academic success.

Testing Center Mission

The Harper College Testing Center subscribes to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines and is dedicated to promoting academic success by providing students with testing services in a secure and professional manner.

  • A photo ID is required for all testing, and any discussions about personal academic information such as test scores.
  • All fees incurred in the Testing Center must be paid by credit card or check.
  • If permitted on the exam, calculators can be provided by the Testing Center.
  • Cell phones cannot be used in the testing room.
  • Complimentary lockers are required to be used to secure all personal belongings.  NOTE: Personal belongings include but are not limited to powered-off cellphones, watches, wallets, keys, purses, backbacks, hats, and coats.
  • Unattended children are not allowed in the Testing Center.
  • Access and Disability Services: Testing is available with prior approval from the ADS Office. Please contact ADS at 847.925.6266, Building I, Room I103.
  • Harper College does not accept placement test scores from other institutions.
  • To send your Harper Compass scores to a different institution, fill out this form and submit it to the Harper College Testing Center.

Walk-ins welcomed

Placement Policy:

All new degree-seeking students are required to demonstrate initial placement levels in Writing, Reading, and Math upon entry to the College in order to register for their first semester.

Additionally, any student wishing to register for English and/or Math courses may also need to demonstrate specific placement levels in order to satisfy a particular course prerequisite.  Please be aware that some programs may require higher and/or additional means of placement.

Options to Demonstrate Initial Placement Level (Reading, Writing, & Math)

Testing for Course Placement in World Languages

Students looking to take a Math class or New Degree Seeking Students will need to take an ALEKS math assessment test.  Initial placement needs to be taken at the Testing Center, Building A, room A148.

For more information on ALEKS at Harper College click here.

If you are still in high school, the best preparation for taking the placements tests is to take four years of English and four years of math as part of your high school curriculum.

All who need to take COMPASS are strongly encouraged to review prior to testing.

Here is a selection of Test Prep Resources

Walk-ins welcomed

Distance Learning

The Testing Center provides a secure, centralized location for students enrolled in Internet-based and blended courses that require proctored testing. Students will be notified by their instructor if their tests are given in the Testing Center.

Make-up Testing

When a faculty member and student are unable to make alternate arrangements, the Assessment Center can assist with testing.  

Access and Disability Services

Testing is available with prior approval from the ADS Office. Contact them at I119, 847.925.6266.

The Harper College Testing Center is an open test site for the College Level Examination Program, offering all 33 CLEP exams to both Harper College students and members of the community alike. Harper College students should note that not every CLEP exam offered at the Testing Center is accepted for credit at the college. This may also be true for students interested in receiving credit from another institution, so it is very important to review your receiving institution’s CLEP policy and scoring criteria before registering to take a CLEP exam.

How to Take CLEP Test at Harper College

  1. Schedule your testing appointment by contacting the Testing Center at 847.925.6541. CLEP testing is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 8:00-8:30am. Most CLEP tests are 90 minutes in length, and a maximum of two tests per session are allowed.
  2. Register, and pay the $80.00 CLEP examination fee online athttp://clep.collegeboard.org/started. Upon successful registration, an exam ticket is created. That ticket will need to be printed, and brought to the Harper College Testing Center on the day of testing. A $15.00 per exam proctor fee is also required to be paid on the day of testing.
  3. Upon arrival to the Testing Center, you are required to provide the CLEP exam ticket, and a valid, government-issued identification that has both a photo and a signature. Examples of such an ID include:
  • Driver's License
  • State I.D. Card
  • Passport
  • National I.D.
  • Tribal I.D.
  • Military I.D.
  • Naturalization Card

Expired ID's, school ID's, social security cards, credit cards, work ID's, etc. are not acceptable forms of ID.

Upon completion of testing, students will receive an unofficial score report. An official score report will be sent approximately 2 weeks after testing to the student's selected score recipient. CLEP exams may be retaken after three months by following the registration procedure again.

HARPER STUDENTS, PLEASE NOTE: CLEP credit is posted on the student's permanent record but does not appear on the end-of-semester grade report. A student who passes a CLEP examination is given ungraded credit for the course listed as equivalent to the examination. Credit is not posted if it duplicates credit already awarded. No official record is made of failures on CLEP examinations. CLEP exams (whether passed or not) do not affect a student's grade point average.

The Advanced Placement Program is offered only in high school.

Credit and placement will be awarded to students with adequate Advanced Placement (AP) examination grades in areas comparable to the Harper curriculum. The granting of credit and/or advanced placement will be determined following the guidelines listed in the Credit by Examination chart.

A student who has passed an Advanced Placement examination in high school is given ungraded credit for the course listed as equivalent to amount of credit regularly earned for that course. No official record is made of scores too low to receive credit. Placement Exams, whether passed or not, do not affect a student's grade point average.Students must request that the College Board mail a copy of their Advanced Placement scores directly to Harper College.

Departmental proficiency tests have been created by Harper College faculty for many courses not available through the CLEP program. In some academic areas, students may show proficiency through appropriate means other than written tests. Alternative forms of testing include musical performance, reviews of art portfolios, reviews of credentials, work skills evaluations, or any other means.

Follow these steps if you are interested in pursuing proficiency credit.

Pre-registration with NLN is required

The NLN exam is used for entrance in the Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing Certificate, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Radiologic Technology programs. It is the student's responsibility to adhere to the NLN practices which may change from year to year. It is suggested that students first attend a program information session before registering for the test.

Pre-registration with ACT is required

Exam Date:  Saturday, October 24, 2015  

Exam Time:  8 a.m.

Exam Location: Building E, Room E106

Important Exam Information: Examinees must have both a valid photo ID, and the ACT Examinee Ticket on exam day. If one or both items are missing, the examinee will not be allowed to test. 

Pre-registration with Health Careers Department is required


Exam Date: Tuesday, October 27  

Exam Time:  10 a.m.

Exam Location: Building A, Room A148


Exam Date: Friday, December 4  

Exam Time:  10 a.m.

Exam Location: Building A, Room A148

Pre-registration is required

Exam Date:  Saturday, February 6, 2016

Exam Time:  8 a.m.

Exam Location: Building A, Room A148